Scandinavia may be topping travel wish lists, but the European destination is influencing home design, too. Your home’s winter look is guaranteed chic when taking style cues from Oslo, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. The gist? Nordic minimalist, celebrated with layered textures of metals and stone and bold wood accents while sheepskin rugs and faux furs add warmth and romance. Inspiration from Heima Market and Home Polish show how less is more. And if you want a deeper dive into hygge happiness, read Modern Scandinavian Design, published by Laurence King.
Here’s DIY inspiration to get the look:
PUT IT IN NEUTRAL. Start with a clean slate. A neutral palette of true whites, off whites, greys, and black can anchor subtle hints of drama, like bright blue accents.
DRESS IN LAYERS. Nordic décor loves texture. Think woods and stone, metal and linen. A comfy and classic touch is a sheepskin rug over leather couches and chairs.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. When prepping for that next dinner party, try placing mid-century modern chairs and traditional chairs at the same kitchen table. Scandi designers like to mix and match.
LET THERE BE LIGHT. Add drama to a room with oversized lighting fixtures. Nordic inspired design features statement lighting fixtures and chandeliers. Bold lighting is the focus of a living room, or the piece de resistance to a bedroom.
THE HEAT IS ON. Fireplaces are integral to Nordic design. Add warmth and coziness to intimate spaces with a wood-burning stove or a contemporary, multi-sided fireplace.
Want more Scandi style? Jet set to Big Apple! Manhattan is home to some of the world’s top design boutiques and Nordic inspired eateries.
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