We have all heard the phrase “Scandinavian design”, but we might not all be sure what, exactly, it is. Scandinavian design is a form of minimalist interior decor that embraces the idea of “hygge”, a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cosy, charming or special.
Scandinavian design uses a blend of textures, contrasts and soft hues to make sleek, modern furniture feel cosy and inviting. Think of contrasting cement table lamps with cushions with soft pastel hues and a modern bed with woollen textured blankets. If you are interested in creating a Scandi-chic bedroom, read on for some top tips on how to do so.
Keep it simple
If there is one important aspect of Scandinavian style you will need to remember, it is that you need to keep it simple. This means keeping your home pared down, but not making it uninviting. For example, you should have the bare essentials in your bedroom, such as a bed, a bedside table, a cement table lamp and a wardrobe.
Adding anything more will make the room cluttered and will be contradictory to the Scandinavian way of decorating. However, keeping it simple does not mean that your room should be cold or unwelcoming. Pair a minimalist bed frame with a warm, dove-grey quilt or a modern desk with a plush office chair. Think chunky knit blankets, sheepskin throws and natural wood and leather.
Neutral colour palette
When it comes to decor, many people assume that having an array of bright, warm colours is the best way to make a bedroom feel homey and cosy. And, while this might be true for some, for the Scandinavian people, a neutral colour palette is the way to go for a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Keeping your colour palette neutral is one of the best ways to adopt the hygge mindset, as it provides the blank-slate backdrop for the rest of the room. Stick to shades such as white, off-white, grey and any colour on the grey-scale spectrum. White or off-white walls work wonders for making a space feel spacious, which is important if you are working with a smaller space.
Reflect the light
Scandinavian countries are not known for their abundance of natural light, which is why the windows and lighting are such important features in any Scandi-chic bedroom. To further bring in the feeling of brightness to a room, choose glass table lamps to reflect the light.
Be sure to face your bed adjacent to or facing a window so that you get the optimal amount of natural light. And choose bedside lamps or ceiling lights with a warm-white bulb for an extra layer of cosiness. You can also place mirrors with simple, clean lines in strategic corners so that the light from the window and from the lamps is reflected around the room. Create a cosy window nook on a large windowsill with a warm sheepskin throw and plush grey-scale cushions.
Focus on texture
Because you will be creating a minimalist bedroom, you will need to bring in textural elements in order to make it feel warm, inviting and comfortable. Crumpled linens, woven throws, layers of blankets and warm wooden textures can make a stark room feel cosy and are some of the most important elements of a room that embraces hygge.
Cement table lamps can help to add texture to a room, as can a warm wooden desk and a knitted rug. Your bedroom is one of the rooms in your home where you spend quite a lot of time, so you should make it as comfortable as possible. Be sure to focus on natural textiles as this is one of the ways that Scandinavian design brings in warmth. If you want a pop of colour in your bedroom, invest in a plush blue rug – blue is one of the colours that Scandinavian people love!
Fashion and function: a match made in heaven
One way to maintain the simplicity of Scandinavian design is to look for bedroom furniture that is functional as well as beautiful. This way, the space will be used efficiently and the illusion of spaciousness is maintained, too.
You could choose to have an off-white, knitted ottoman at the bottom of your bed to store extra linens, or you could choose a woven laundry basket to double as an extra surface when not in use. Keep your furniture simple and look for clean lines rather than bulky, quirky items.
Remember to choose a neutral palette for your Scandi-chic bedroom and keep it as simple as possible. Bring in a cosy and inviting atmosphere by choosing textural items such as a woven quilt or a sheepskin blanket, and layer your blankets to keep you warm during the colder months.