Scandinavian interiors have long been a source of inspiration for Australian homes. The regions fondness for natural materials, muted colour palettes and fine craftsmanship set the standard high when it comes to interior design, however achieving the same look in your own home isn’t that hard.
Scandinavian interior design is about embracing what nature has already presented us with. Using timber for furniture, buttery soft leather for upholstery or soft furnishings and looking to wool, linen and cotton for bedding and accessories. But it isn’t just the use of natural fibres that demonstrates the Scandinavian love of nature, it’s the colour palette that’s entirely inspired by the naturally occurring shades found in forests and landscapes.
If you’re trying to inject a little bit of Scandinavian style into your home the first thing to do is rethink your colour palette, and try using these six colours that appear in all Scandi-inspired interiors.
1. Forest Green
This rich shade of green offers a home the perfect balance of on-trend colour that still feels timeless. Work a forest green cushion, throw blanket or linen duvet set into your interior scheme and finish off with a dark green foliage plant to complete the forest transformation.
2. Burnt orange
A rustic burnt orange adds an instant hit of warmth to whatever room it appears in. Up the ante by purchasing burnt orange homewares in velvet, or be bold and go for a burnt orange sofa.
3. Pale blue
A tonal layering of pale blues with a cool base will have your home feeling wintery. Team it with white and black for a strong palette with contrast.
4. Dusty pink
Dusty pink is a mainstay on the Scandi-scene and operates almost as a neutral thanks to its ability to adapt to almost any colour companion. For optimum Scandi-cool, pair dusty pink with blonde timber, grey fur and accent with charcoal grey. Accessorise with white.
Grey in all it light, dark and inbetween shades are an integral part of any Scandinavian décor. Use charcoal grey on the walls to b=make a bold statement, or layer different shades of grey throughout your furniture and accessories for a snugly, wintery vibe. Faux fur optional, but appropriate.
White is at the core of Scandinavian interior design. It makes a space feel light, bright, clean and welcoming, and offers you the perfect base on which to build a simple, or complex, scheme.
This story originally appeared in Better Homes and Gardens