The Scandi design trend has been a firm favourite for interior lovers for many years, and our new Natural Living collection showcases everything we love about this stripped-back style. With a focus on minimalist but functional space, this trend embraces earthy tones, simplistic accessories, geometric shapes and warm, cosy atmospheres. If you’re planning on creating your own slice of hygge heaven, take a look at our guide to bringing natural living into your home.
At the heart of any naturally inspired space, you’ll find a neutral colour palette. The emphasis on neutrality is one of the reasons why Scandi design is so popular, as it really doesn’t take much to recreate this stripped-back style. Opt for earthy, neutral tones for paintwork and flooring. Bare wood flooring is perfect for this trend as you’re aiming to mimic the feel of being outdoors while enjoying the comfort of your home. Neutral shades are also great for those living in a compact space as they will create the illusion of larger surroundings. If you’re looking to get ahead of the curve with this nature-inspired style, our experts suggest choosing hues of blush pink, warm grey and rustic shades such as earthy brown and terracotta. Your paint choices should then be
accented throughout the space using accessories and furniture to create that all-important sense of cohesion, similar to the popular Japandi interior trend that also celebrates functional minimalism.
Bring in natural light
Natural light is a must for any room following the Scandi or Japandi decor trends; however, if you’re not lucky enough to have natural light streaming into your space, there are ways to mimic it. Step away from heavy curtains and instead opt for sheer voile curtains to frame windows. Mirrors placed strategically opposite windows will also help brighten up the space and give the illusion of a much larger room. Try to create a lighting concept that maximises space, whether it’s placing statement floor lamps in dark corners or adding wall lights to recessed areas to illuminate all aspects of your room.
Table lamps are a great way to add extra lighting to your space, whether it’s for a cosy reading nook or a bedside table. The Olivia’s Globe Lamp is a perfect addition to any Scandi decor theme. The simplicity and minimalism of this beautiful lamp are what make it so unique, with the clear glass globe around the light bulb and a chic grey marble base.
Style in simplicity
Once you’ve established your neutral foundations, it’s time to look at adding furniture to your minimalist interior. Remember, functionality is key with every piece that you introduce into the room; you should only be able to see items that have a use in the space and clutter should be non-existent. Storage is a huge part of Scandi decor, especially pieces like ottomans and storage baskets that offer both decor and practicality. Look for pieces that complement the Scandi design trend in natural materials such as wood or the increasingly popular, rattan. Rattan is a beautiful addition to any minimalist home, bringing texture and style to the space. Rattan baskets and storage units are perfect for hiding your living essentials, whether it’s remote controls or children’s toys in the living area or blankets and throws in the bedroom.
For larger furniture pieces, such as seating, opt for sofas and accent chairs that complement your neutral palette. Pale pinks, greens and greys are all great choices here. The Olivia’s Rein Grey Sofa is a great statement piece that fits this trend perfectly.
The finishing touches to your Scandi living space will come in the form of home accessories. The trick here is not to go overboard with your decorative choices but to stay true to minimalism with pieces that bring the whole room together. Sculptural vases in neutral tones are ideal for adding a splash of greenery into your home; greenery is key to a naturally inspired space, whether natural or artificial. Geometric shapes offer a striking contrast to the softness of Scandi decor; look for candle holders in this design or even statement furniture pieces like our beautiful Pentagon Marble Side Table.
Finally, no Scandi space is complete without cosy textures. Your room should feel like a warm cocoon, so soft throws, sheepskin rugs, and thick scatter cushions are a great way to make your space seem homely. Rugs are another great way to bring Scandi hues and textures into your space. Our large Tribal Rug brings together key aspects of this trend, from the warm earthy shades to the cosiness underfoot.
If you’re looking to embrace natural, minimalist style this season, why not take a look at our new Natural Living homeware collection? From must-have accessories to statement furniture, you can transform your home into a hygge haven in no time.