Everyone loves to take some inspiration for their interiors from around the world. Here at Layered Lounge our style has often been described as transitional, sitting somewhere between the timeless approach of the Hamptons, the simplistic forms of Scandinavia and the laid back living of Australia. So we thought it would be a good idea to make a quick round the world tour of the various interior styles. Gaining inspiration and insight into what makes them work so well and how we can adapt them to our homes.
So we start journey in Scandinavia where climates dominated by long dark winters and mountainous landscapes rich with woodlands. This meant living conditions were not always easy. Homewares were traditionally made by hand with less concern for how they look but greater emphasis on how well they work.
This desire for functionality is still prevalent today. Scandinavia produces some of the worlds most beautiful yet simple pieces for the home with a balance between function and style within their design.
So lets take a closer look at the elements which contribute towards typical Scandinavian interior design and how we can adapt them for our homes.
Lovers of light, those living in Scandinavia simply don’t get enough of it naturally. You will frequently find open plan spaces, large windows and roof lights in a scheme in order to maximise as much light as possible. But if you cannot afford to knock down walls or fit bi-fold doors, there are cheaper alternatives to add a touch of Scandi style and help light up your home. Use accessories instead. Place a mirror adjacent to a window to bounce natural light back into the room, it will also make your room look bigger. Add accent lighting with lamps placed in dark corners and when it comes to accessories don’t go for anything too heavy. The use of glass objects will allow light to shine through and smooth ceramics with organic shapes will help prevent a heavy look. So layer your accessories with glass vases, you can view our range here, or mercury tea light holders which are reflective too.
Image courtesy of Instagramer Ingrid Navelsaker, showing her beautiful home.
When it comes to colour palette, keep it simple. White is used in abundance in Scandinavian interiors to help create light. It also creates a sense of calm and cleanliness and is a good backdrop against which to layer colour. You will often find pops of colour introduced in accessories or single pieces of furniture. Variations of rich charcoal grey, blush pink, or more vibrant yellows and oranges for example. Yet balance is key, colours are not overpowering or competing against each other. Often shades of colour are used to maintain the simple look. Shades of grey or blue for example.
Image courtesy of Finn.no
Clearly Scandi styling incorporates a lot of natural materials especially wood, light (or blond) wood in furniture, flooring and eve cladding. The texture from natural materials is a fabulous way to add depth and warmth to a room so you will also find materials such as concrete, stone, linen and wool incorporated too. Our Sefuri stone effect lamp base is a lovely way to introduce some natural texture into your scheme as well as providing light.
A somewhat minimalist style, many Scandinavian interiors are not cluttered or over furnished, preferring pieces of beautifully designed furniture to breath and be seen. Furniture design itself is sleek and modern, with strong clean lines. The look is fresh and crisp. The same could be said of accessories. Simple shapes and unfussy pieces are the way forward. Take, for example, our gorgeous ceramic bud vases, with their organic shapes and smooth matt finish. No wonder they are designed and made in Sweden.
Image above, Layered Lounge Collection of Swedish Ceramic Vases
Layering is such a vital part of interior design and whilst Scandinavian Interiors are simply adorned, you will rarely see a Scandinavian sofa without cushions or throws. Create warmth and style with natural material choices such as our pebble knit cushion and Kent Throw. Continue the process and define your spaces with rugs under tables and sofas, style shelves with candle holders, vases and pictures. Clean up the clutter by introducing baskets where you can (under a console table is a good one) and storage boxes on shelves.
Image courtesy of @SHNordic styling Layered Lounge products
Above all Scandinavian interiors are fresh, clean and crisp. An uplifting style that can work with family life providing we keep the clutter at bay!