Light, airy, functional and minimal but yet inviting – the signature style of Denmark, Sweden and Norway is for you if you’d like to keep the inside as fresh and wonderful a contrast to the often bleak skies that characterise the United Kingdom. Far from being stark, Scandinavian bedrooms achieve a warmth that’s perfect if you’re into sleek design with minimum fuss.
The Scandinavian colour palette is all about neutral such as white, sand and beige. Monochromatic interiors with one or two signature colours at most adorn most Scandinavian homes.
The idea is to bring as much light and airiness into interior spaces, so blank white walls, and sometimes light grey ones, are the order of the day.
Pastels make a perfect addition to the Scandinavian silhouette, although the choice of pastels is best limited to the likes of light pink and green.
Generally, there is a move away from the traditional black, white and grey trio of colour.
Increasingly, accents such as gold, copper, rose gold, light wood, greenery and perhaps a signature pop of colour such as aqua or fuchsia can be found.
A bedroom is the most intimate of spaces and should ultimately reflect your style, so feel free to twist and stretch the Scandinavian concept. Everything goes, as long as you keep spaces fairly uncluttered and functional, and steer away from heavy finishes such as dark wood.
The look is not so stark as to be industrial, so copper tones rather than iron or aluminum will do the trick.
When it comes to furniture, it’s all about functional design. Mandatory sand, white, grey or beige sofas are a must. As for the rest, think light wood floors and furniture and Ikea-like designs.
Dark woods such as teal, oak, stained Pine or Indian Rosewood would typically be too heavy for the balance in the room and the warm, floaty effect that characterises this style. Typical Scandinavian finishes, furniture and objects tend to be crafted from wicker, hemp, brass copper, and rattan. It wouldd not seem out of place to bring in the odd bamboo element, but not too much or you risk leaning towards oriental.
· Functionality is key – take a storage item such as a wastebasket or floating rail hanger and give it a pronounced placing in the room (provided you’ve given it the copper, pastel, grey or neutral treatment, of course).
· Tied into the idea of functionality is that you should remove clutter – if you’re into collecting and displaying every antique you’ve ever collected, this look is not for you.
· White, blank walls are perfectly acceptable and it’s not unusual to just find one statement object or artwork piece, such as a charcoal painting, on a wall.
· In the bedroom, your headboard would typically be the singular, stand-out piece. Having a comfy mattress on the floor and disposing of any bed mounting is also perfectly on-point. Add texture with faux fur throws, scatters and the loveliest linens your budget can allow.
· Leather accents, such as worn leather, are making quite the showing in newer Scandinavian trends. A cube finished in this way would not be remiss. Nor would a faux sheepskin throw.
· Inside lighting should emulate the outside. For this reason, the Swedes prefer low-hanging pendants to ceiling lamps. The light fitting itself in the bedroom is often one of the major key pieces, other than a headboard or exposed or free-standing closet.
· On the topic of light too, choose windows as wide as your room will allow and consider adding skylights if your space is still too dark. Avoid heavy drapery around your window though.
· Another inside touch that could detract from starkness in the bedroom is greenery. Bring in a light-loving plant
· As for flooring, go for lightwood panels or a neutral floor tile. A textured rug would not be out of place, but avoid any dark wood flooring.
As Scandinavians place so much emphasis on letting light in, they don’t obscure their windows or adorn window frames much. Instead of traditional double-glazed windows, triple-glazing is used. It has a superior insulating effect, trapping heat indoors – perfect for cold UK winters. It is also hardier than simply having two layers of glass.
Triple glazing uses three layers of glass, with Argon gas being trapped between each of the three layers. It traps heat inside, is secure and also acts as a sound barrier. No more irritating the neighbours when you watch your favourite television programme on full volume or being woken by the noise of morning traffic outside when you’re still trying to snooze!
Triple glazing adds value to your home. Best of all, some triple glazing specialists manufacture your window with three panes for no more than the cost of two panes. Consult an interior architect or decorator who would be able to advise as to the best local suppliers.
As Scandinavian design can be tricky to get just right, consider consulting an interior decorator. Too stark and you’ll miss the mark; too warm and you’re probably veering towards Mediterranean or ocean-side styles.