Six tips to creating beautiful Scandinavian interiors

It’s no secret that Scandinavian design has risen in popularity in recent years. Renowned for its beauty, simplicity and functional approach to home interiors, there are plenty of things to love about the design movement that has swept the international stage… and we can’t get enough of it here at Pooky & Boo! With Scandinavian home interiors forming one of the key inspirations behind our own range of stylish pet homewares, here are some of our top tips on how to bring the beautiful Scandinavian style into your home.

Image courtesy of  Homes to Love

Image courtesy of Homes to Love

Calm the colour scheme

In line with the Scandinavian focus on simplicity, Scandi styles will often centre around cooler colour palettes, combining neutral shades such as whites, greys, light blues and browns to create clean and calming home interiors. Whilst white colour palettes are key to creating the clean modernity of the Scandinavian home, incorporating decorative accents and pops of colour through statement furniture is a great way to create points of visual interest to offset the cooler colour scheme.

Think form and function

Form and functionality are quintessential aspects of Scandinavian design, and as with all Scandinavian-inspired interiors, your approach to these design elements should be minimalist. To embody the “less is more” matra that underpins Scandinavian style, focus on creating simple and aesthetically pleasing interiors through an emphasis on clean lines, sleek patterns and gentle contours. Scandinavian designers are renowned for being ‘space savvy’, so consider maximising the functionality of your interiors through the use of multi-purpose furniture and stylish storage to minimise unnecessary clutter and make the most out of unused space.

Lighting is paramount

With the scarcity of daylight hours in the nordic winter, the use of lighting is paramount to Scandinavian styling. Whilst Scandinavian interiors  focus on making the most of natural light through cooler colour schemes and the use of mirrors, stylish lighting is crucial to maintaining the cosiness and well-lit spaces that characterise Scandinavian design. Intricate pendant lamps and modern, industrial-style lighting can help to bring a stylish yet practical aspect into the Scandinavian home, but for a more natural take on this trend, try incorporating candlelight to create a whimsical, cosy glow.

Embrace the organic

Organic forms and furniture are a staple of the Scandinavian home,  with the modern Scandinavian setting embodying this approach through eco-friendly aspects such as natural woods and eco-savvy design. To bring the Scandinavian appreciation for nature into your home, use organic textures and natural design elements such as wooden flooring and timber accents to add a warm, rustic feel to your interiors. Alternatively, incorporating botanicals and indoor greenery is a simple yet effective way to add an organic touch into your home design.

Cosiness is key

With cosiness lying at the core of Scandinavian ethos, Scandi style is all about layering up the home and creating visual interest through different textures and materials. Warmer textiles such as sheep skins and heavy rugs create the perfect contrast to hardwood flooring in the winter months, but for a summer take on this trend, try creating lighter layers through soft cottons and linen throws. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different textures for an added touch of character!

Jade dog bed - Pooky & Boo

Jade dog bed - Pooky & Boo

Contemporary interiors from Pooky & Boo

Pooky & Boo is a modern pet homewares brand borne out of a passion for interior design. Handcrafted and custom-made in Western Australia, our designer dog beds are inspired by contemporary trends in style, pattern and home decor. Visit our website to view our latest range of stylish dog beds.

Sue West