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How to Achieve a Scandi Interior.

I’m yet to meet someone who isn’t wooed by the allure of a Scandi interior. I’m a devout colour lover and even I want to re-do my place every time I see this trend implemented to perfection. In this post, I’ll show you how to create your own Scandi interior – and in five simple steps, too!

Scandi Interior - Living Room

1. It’s all about the colour (or lack thereof). 

Nailing the colourway for this style is crucial to pulling it off correctly. White is your prominent hue here, with soft grey your support cast. Pops of black are also permitted, but are not to be overdone. Any colour you do bring in should be natural, like woods, flowers or plants. To be safe, I’d go with a 60/40 split – white being your 60 and the other hues making up the 40.

Scandi Interior - Lounge Room

2. Texture is the Crucial.

Because your colourway is subdued and simplistic, you have to up the texture in a Scandi interior. Doing this will counteract the sometimes sterile or clinical feel of this look! Cushions and throws are an affordable ways to do this, while a rug in a faux fur would also bring the look to life. Rustic white floorboards are ideal here (but not essential), with blonde timber also keeping the look fresh. 

3. Pattern is Important.

Without pattern, the Scandi look is going to feel flat and snoozey. Bring it to life with pattern! The best place to do this, of course, is through your soft furnishings. Cushions and throws with simple shapes or stripes create visual pops without being too chaotic. Just be wary of mixing too many patterns. I wouldn’t go any more than two and I definitely wouldn’t go too floral or busy with this look.

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4. Lighting Sets the Mood

Scandi rooms always feature interesting lighting. Kept light and dreamy, you often see draped bulbs, fairy lights, soft pendants and other left-of-centre pieces. The best advice I can give here it to always avoid heavy lighting. There’s always a slight sense of whimsy and fantasy in a Scandi scheme, so look for lighting that reflects this.

5. Whimsical Finishing Touches

A Scandi interior, while feeling chic and sophisticated, never takes itself too seriously. It’s wise to throw in a few quirky pieces of art or homewares to give a nod to your inner child. Whether it’s quote art, a toy, a skull or an unexpected cactus, this look always works best when there is a sense of surprise. 

Scandi Interior

Photo Credits for this post: Image one via decordots.com, two via ollieandsebshaus.co.uk, three via justalittlejoy and four via lornajaneinteriordesign


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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