Although design influences have been crossing the waters from Scandinavia for the last century, mainstream interior design has really embraced this movement in the last five years. “Scandinavian interior inspiration” is one of the most searched terms on Pinterest, and the words “hygge” and “lagom” have dominated our lifestyles since 2016, even though most of us were unsure of how to even say the words out loud.
Today I wanted to share five of my favourite Scandi-inspired trends, from sorbet shades to statement lighting, utilising Nordic House products to demonstrate these trends for you.
Nordic House, if you’re unfamiliar, is a British family-run business, established in 2009 by Sandie Wallman. Specialising in Nordic artisans discovered in Scandinavia and around Europe, the brand’s ethos is based around slowing down, having a more considered lifestyle and creating more balance in your day-to-day life. Now, this is my kind of brand.
I think when it comes to Scandinavian interiors, the image we’re often faced with is a stark white room, with monochrome and minimalism both becoming buzzwords associated with this genre of design. But these trends prove how different Nordic style really is.
Stylish Yet Practical Accessories
Decorative accessories should be two things – practical and stylish. The trend for Instagram-worthy home décor has grown in popularity over the last two seasons and pieces like this white bed tray not only look good but are incredibly versatile. White Bed Tray £49.95.
Injection of Blue
Although, stereotypically, the paler end of the colour spectrum is usually associated with Nordic interiors, this season welcomes a pop of blue in soft furnishing. Soft mint tones work well with a neutral colour palette, as shown in this powdery linen bedding set, which not only looks great but is deliciously tactile. Artisan Linen Bedding (starting at) £39.00.
Taking the home back to basics, the trend for raw finishes really comes through in soft furnishings this season. Frayed edges, which are finished by hand, give a more relaxed approach to design, especially in lighter shades and fabrications such as linen. Plus, frayed trimmings stop this style of cushion from looking too chintzy. Linen Ruffle Edge Cushion £45.00.
I’ve spoken previously about interior lighting trends for 2018, and one of the most dominating – statement lighting – makes its way into Scandinavian design. However, rather than large opulent chandeliers or pendant lights, softer options such as candles in these industrial inspired hurricane lamps give a more relaxed ambience to a room. Rusty Metal Hurricane Lamps £34.00.
Although not necessarily a ground-breaking trend in home décor, layering is the key to creating a warm, relaxed Nordic-inspired living space. From linen to sheepskin to the unfinished wood, rust effect metals and concrete, layering textures can stop a minimalist room from feeling too sterile. Heather Pink Fringed Linen Throw £110.00.
As you can see, Nordic-inspired interior design welcomes a warmer approach this season, with sorbet shades, tactile fabrications and soft lighting – it would be hard not to feel relaxed in a living space like this.
You can view the full Nordic House collection right here, and, as always, let me know below if anything here catches your eye.
*Post in partnership with Nordic House.