Scintillating Scandinavian bedrooms
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
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.
Tips and tricks for achieving a snug
but airy Scandinavian feel
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
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
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.
A note on Scandinavian window
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.
interior designers and decorators to decorate your scandinavian
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