Nothing says ‘understated cool' quite like Scandinavian interior design, so it's no surprise that this trend has such enduring appeal. Our climates might be poles apart, but the celebration of light that is integral to Scandi style works superbly in New Zealand homes too.
White walls create a blank canvas on which to subtly layer tones and textures, with timber and a restrained palette of pale hues playing starring roles. Add elements of hygge, the Danish concept of comfy conviviality, with sheepskin, furs and oversized knits, but curate your choices carefully. Getting Scandi right means strictly no clutter, and furniture with clean lines that encourages a feeling of airiness and space. Luxe metallic touches update the look.
Rich timber tones introduce an inviting element of warmth into predominantly white spaces.
Combine wicker, weave and knits in neutral hues to create visual interest in any room. Here we've styled a wicker chair with a creamy weaved rug and soft throws to complete the look.
Introduce metallic elements – such as chrome or gold – to bring a contemporary edge to traditional Scandinavian style.
Maintain minimalist calm and keep surfaces uncluttered to showcase carefully chosen items. For example, if you have a shelf you want to show off, only place a couple of items on there with similar tones and only showcase one or two pieces.
Simple shapes given a modern edge with tones of charcoal offer an update to the usual Scandi palette.
Lightly sand the table all over with 180-grit abrasive paper and wipe away dust with a damp cloth.
Apply a three-in-one primer sealer undercoat using a mini roller, then finish with two coats of paint, leaving to dry between coats.
If you place is needing a makeover and you're inspired by this article, head into your local Bunnings store to get your project underway!
Photo credit: Cath Muscat