We’re all aware of the Scandinavian vibe running through pretty much everything in the interior world right now – but how on earth do you achieve it? The pros do it so effortlessly.
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Well lucky for us, Spiv spent a bit of time looking into it and I’ve wrapped up her findings for you in this neat little post. Good luck avoiding the shops after reading this. So inspired was I by Spiv’s insight I instantly trotted off (as I generally do) to do some purchasing!
The fresh take on ‘Skandi’ is eclectic, funky and flexible enough to combine both traditional and modern touches. It isn’t just white everywhere, but an abundance of different colours, patterns and textures. Never before has home styling been so much fun!
Here’s 7 ways of accessorising to achieve the look…
Foliage is everywhere at the moment and you’ll struggle to find an interior photograph on Instagram without there being at least one plant in shot. (For the expert view, be sure to add @urbanjungleblog to your following list.) Palms and cheese plants are your ‘go-to’, preferably in wicker pots and planters and Ikea is your one-stop shop. Whether it’s real or fake you’re after, you’ll find everything you need in there. @houseofsixinteriors also do plants well, convincing us that big and leafy is best.
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Belly baskets are probably the trendiest way to house your plants, and you can get these for £9 in Ikea, or check out @room356 on Instagram – they do some lovely dipped ones. Alternatively you could always just use a wicker waste bin that you already have hanging around the house (great money-saver). I personally have my eye on this H&M one which they have in 4 different colours for just £12.99.
Wicker market bags are another way of making a chic skandi statement. Throw in a few dried flowers for extra style points. I recently dug out my Mum’s old one from back in the day but TKMaxx do them pretty cheaply.
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2. Patterned rugs
When it comes to rugs, geometric patterns continue to reign and they can’t fail to make an impact in a room. Wayfair have a massive selection in a range of colours and sizes, often with good reductions.
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I went to H&M Home for mine, which came in at just £14.99 in the sale.
3. Prints and Wall Art:
Desenio are the ultimate in Scandinavian design and have a wide range of prints. They deliver in super-fast time too.
But if you want a beautiful print for an even better price, check out @alicesaccessories on Instagram.
You’ll need the perfect frame to do these prints justice but don’t splash out– you really don’t need to. Wilko do a simple black frame for £3 (A4) and £3.50 (A3). Spiv bought a bottle of gold spray paint and hey presto! How good do hers look?
4. ‘The Pouffe’
No skandi-inspired room is complete without the perfect pouffe to add a contrasting punch of colour. Sostrene Grenes have a range of colours on offer for just £30.96.
If you’re happy to splash out, you can also get the ultimate Moroccan ‘it’ pouffe here for £88.50
But for the ultimate style steal check out this funky number available at Aldi!
Skandi lighting is simple but stylish; anything glass fits the bill, such as this triple glass pendant that I have in my bedroom – £40 from Wilko.
Single glass pendants are also available from there too.
Table lighting is following the same minimalist approach and desk lamps have made a huge comeback. What is most exciting to us is that the choice is growing all the time and many retailers are now providing an array of softer, more feminine styles in some lovely pastel colours. Again, Sostrene and Grene do a fab range for £20.98 each. This is one of many colours.
Look out for vintage style camera lamps too along with tripod styles. We are totally spoilt for choice! We love this one from Homebase for just £40. It looks fab in Spiv’s kitchen/diner.
6. Nordic rug
So rugs are taking up two of the seven tips – we’re thinking you should definitely invest in a rug! These Nordic style ones are the perfect accessory to cosy up your home, while also proving your bang on trend. They can of course be positioned on the floor (standard for a rug) but thrown casually over a modern Skandi chair will see you hitting the style nail right on the head.
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7. Wood effect walls
White wood cladding on the walls would ooze Skandi style but if that’s a stretch too far, you can easily create the look with wallpaper. There are plenty of realistic looking ones available on the market now for a really good price, including this one from B&M Bargains for the unbeatable price of £4.49 a roll.
I recently used wood panel effect wallpaper in my dining room and loved it. It gave the room an overall feeling of calm and the walls appeared fresher and brighter.
You can purchase mine here from Wallpaper Direct for just £11.89 a roll.
Skandi Shout Out
For some major house envy and an abundance of skandi style inspiration, make sure you’re following @lucyjwhitehouse on Instagram.