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Game of Thrones Design is coming to your Home (and it’s Amazing)

I can’t even go into how sad I’m going to be when Game of Thrones ends.

But I am slightly comforted by the fact that there’s an interiors trend emerging as a result of shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings. It’s a subdued and tactile design scheme and it’s loaded with visual interest thanks to texture and shape.

Colour lovers; even you might be swayed to deck out your place in this new style – it’s that good!

This trend was first brought to my attention by interior designer Genevieve Gorder, who spoke about it late last year (you can watch the Youtube video here). Already I’m seeing furniture and decor hit the stores inspired by this new style, and I even got my hands on my first faux fur throw a few weeks ago that plays right into it (didn’t even register that I was being on-trend at the time).

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The Game of Thrones / Vikings Interiors Trend

Below are a series of dreamy images that’ll help you understand how to rock the Viking trend, but let me expand on how to make it work at home too.

The Viking trend is first and foremost subdued in colour. Banish pops of daring hue and scrap all dreams of accent colours. This look is all about neutrals on neutrals; predominantly greys, browns and cool blues. Blue is definitely the one colour you could bring into the scheme if you were dying for a little dazzle, but keep it minimal.

Texturally, more is more. This look is about layering soft textures (faux fur, cable knits, rope, crumpled linens) against harder, rustic textures like dark woods and rusted metals. In the Viking look however, glossy golds, bronzes and coppers are on the outer; it’s all about brass and silver. The more battered and bruised these materials are, the better.

Tassle Throw - Vikings Interior Design and Decor

Rustic and Ragged, but Layered Well

The trend is very much grounded in the notion of handmade; tables that look raw and rustic, rope baskets with imperfections and a range of accessories with tassles and fraying that feel crafty and home-produced. In fact, if you’re a lover of crafting and making your own wares, you’ll love the Viking interior.

Braided rugs, macrame wall hangings, woven baskets and beaded items are all must-have inclusions. If you can get your hands on a rusted old cowbell (or similar), you are owning this trend something shocking. I’m rather jealous of your knack for finding such treasures if you can get your hands on them.

Anything that features a gloss finish, sharp edges or clean lines is not really helping you rock the look successfully. The idea is that the room should feel organic and natural. Pattern isn’t huge in this trend but you could bring in some subtle aztec motifs if you wanted too – just ensure the colour volume is turned down low.

Faux Fur Throw - Vikings Interior Design Scheme

Rope Basket, Tassle Basket, Rusted Cow Bell and Fringing Chunky Cable Knit Throws - Vikings Interior Design Scheme

Stores that will help you rock the look:

  • For bedding, In the Sac has divine linens in this colourway
  • Hunting for throws with tassels, cable knit and fraying? Try Target or Curious Grace
  • For faux fur, I got my throw at Adairs and it is sublime
  • If you need rope plant hangers, you can’t go past Dreamcatcher Designs
  • For hand-woven yarn baskets, try Jasper & Eve

What’s your fave element from the Viking trend? Drop me a comment below and let’s chat!

Image Credits: Vikings | Game of Thrones | Tassel Throw | Living Room |
Tassel Basket | Faux Fur Throws | Rope Baskets | Rusted Bell | Bedroom


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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