Making your house feel like a home can seem like a puzzle, but it doesn't have to be complicated. Why not look towards our Nordic neighbours for interior style inspiration? With long winters and freezing temperatures, Scandinavians see home as so much more than a place to sleep. In Denmark, Norway and Sweden, design is a big deal because people spend so much time in their houses. They often prefer to entertain in their homes instead of venturing out into the cold – and we don't blame them. Here are three gorgeous Scandi living updates to make your home ultra-cosy, from winter through to summer.
Neutralise your colour scheme
If you've every visited a Scandinavian country, you'll have noticed the people have a definite preference for neutral hues. If you want to adopt their style, you'll have to ditch bright, bold wallpaper and paint. It doesn’t have to cost the earth to freshen up your home. White walls, wooden floors and light, airy rooms are the order of the day. If you're choosing new furniture, select lighter woods like pine. For finishing touches, go for warm metals such as gold, copper and brass to create a cosy feel.
Layer soft textiles
Scandinavians are masters at layering different textiles to create a tranquil atmosphere. In your living room or bedroom, try draping faux fur throws over surfaces to make them extra comfy. Add extra dimension with cable knit cushions and fluffy woollen rugs, because the little touches make all the difference. Stick to a neutral colour palette to maximise on that hygge feeling. To bring warmth and luxury to any room, why not add beautiful Scandinavian rugs? Our Rya rug in grey, slate or cream is made from 100% wool sure to create a truly cosy setting.
Create ambience with candles
When it comes to creating a peaceful atmosphere, there's nothing like combining soft textures with the warming roar of an open fire. Even if you don't have a hearth in your home, why not unwind with one of our sumptuous Scandinavian rugs beneath your feet, surrounded by the soft glow of scented candles? Denmark and other Scandi countries are rumoured to be the largest consumers of candles in the world. Invest in a few in various sizes in warm, natural scents such as relaxing sandalwood or comforting vanilla for the ultimate Scandi experience.