10 ways to create a scandinavian look
Hi, I’m Rikke – let me introduce myself and give you 10 ways to create a scandinavian look.
I’m the face behind Scandinavian Home Designs. A young staging- and home design business located in South Bay Area and known for a clean and functional Scandinavian look.
“Growing up in Denmark, the heart of design, quality and beauty – and the forever known origin of the minimal and functional look, makes it difficult for me not to add a part of this in every job i do”.
“Turning small spaces into spacious and functional areas with room for family and living, is something I’m specialized in”.
I have a big passion for adding unique accessories and details like wood, leather, skin, fur, ceramics, glass etc. to my jobs – but most important of all, I have an urge to bring in light and especially natural daylight to all my jobs – I can’t help it – it’s in my genes.
I have trained with Wanda Colón, the host of the award winning HGTV’s “Home Sold” and TLC’s “Home Made Simple” and I have specialized in home design- and stagings that matches the young, modern, business type and especially families with kids – which I think is perfect in this area.
Scandinavian Home Designs offer a brand new service for clients who wants to add a touch of the Scandinavian look, but not necessarily need our full service – but instead wants to manage their own project themselves. For those clients we offer a virtual decoration service where instead of meeting face to face, we communicate via email and questionnaires and here after the client will receive a parcel of essential custom made step-by-step design plans in the mail, that they can implement on their own.
“A home needs to express a personal, safety zone.
It needs to invite you to sit down, relax and feel cozy with family and friends.
It needs to be warm and welcoming.
– Thats the Scandinavian look”.
1: white and gray
Often is white used as the main color, and many immediately gets to think that it will turn the room into a pale, cold dentist office. But the use of white doesn’t always make the room look sparse because you can add all the natural materials, such as wood and texture.
White is also a great blank slate and you can easily add a color or a combination wit accessories, from soft pastels to black accents.
2: texture and materials
The scandinavian look very often include the use of wood in most of their homes – especially as flooring! Wood is natural material that can add warmth to a space.
The wood is often light in color and used in all rooms. If the thought of no carpet puts you on the edge, try adding a large rug in a soft texture or natural material.
Mixing textures and materials, such as unfinished wood pieces, fur, rugs and soft linens, brings nature into the home and adding that restful vibe that the scandinavian decor is so famous for.
Plants are a great way to integrate color and texture and they add an interest without feeling cluttered. The touch of nature blends in great with the natural choice of materials used. And the idea of bringing the outside inside is all about Scandinavian living.
When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.
Scandinavian homes often feature large windows to make the room feel bright and open. Windows are usually dressed in a soft, light material, such as cotton, allowing privacy without preventing natural light from entering.
Sunlight is a very important part of our daily lives!
It makes us healthy by supporting us with vitamin D, it warms us up and it effects our mood by making us happy and more positive!
Getting natural light into dark rooms is therefore desirable in every home – it simply makes the home feel more cozy and warm.
Scandinavian interiors are a balance of functionality and aesthetics. If you are surrounded by beauty you feel beauty. So remove all unnecessary nick nack and clutter and keep a clean, minimal line throughout the home.
6: outdoor living
Because the winters in Scandinavia are long and dark and the summers are unpredictable windy and rainy, it is very important to “move outside” as soon as the sun peeks out. And of course the outside should be just as cozy and relaxing as the inside.
It’s about enjoying the moment in now – summer or winter!
An important part of the scandinavian living is to “hygge” – to enjoy the moment of now, with no stress and no looking at the clock – just being together with friends and family. And what else to do when the winters are long and cold..
Most Scandinavian Homes have a fireplace – its almost essential – and there’s nothing better than a cup of hot tea and just looking into the fire, while talking with friends and family all night long.
Although Scandinavian Furniture are simple in design and high in quality, clean lines are often incorporated with an understated elegance and warm functionality, which creates a very homely feel.
My favorite over all!! It’s all about the small details!!
It’s also so much easier to chance the look of a room by adding new accessories, than buying new furniture.
Use accessories and surround yourself with beauty in timeless design.
10: maximum use
Always think about maximizing every squarefoot – use every corner and think out of the box.
If you would like to add a touch of scandinavian to your home too click www.scandinavianhomedesigns.com and book your design consultation today.
I’m looking forward to help you too!!
All the best,
Rikke Hein Truelsen
“It’s all about first impression”
(all images are kindly borrowed from pinterest)