The Scandinavian interior style is often touted to be clean, minimalist and natural. It has been gaining popularity in recent years as it is a style that is timeless, and which can easily be done up by just anyone.
It doesn’t mean to stick to everything that is plain-coloured, though. There is a fine line between looking intentionally clean, and simply uninteresting. Here are some tips to help you match the right colours.
The classic Scandinavian look conveys an imagery that is restful and serene, through the use of understated colours. These colours are designed to maximise the perception of light in the light-scarce Scandinavian countries. Ranging from hues of whites to that of greys, these colours convey a sense of lightness and sophistication.
But with occasional bursts of colour
Paintings, textiles, lamps, or that key piece of furniture you’d like to be the focal point of your house? Having bursts of colours that stand out in contrast to the backdrop of neutral colours will be sure to leave an impression.
Of course, do be careful not to overdo it with too many accent pieces – too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
Don’t be shy with colours
If a basic monochromatic palette isn’t really to your palate, don’t be afraid then to go for colours! You could still achieve the Scandi look while having fun with colours. In recent years, Scandinavian interior trends have moved on from purely neutrals, to a more liberal use of colours. No matter the colours, the rule of the thumb is to stick to colours that look rustic, matte and muted as opposed to being bold and loud.
Play with tonal colours
Here’s a tip: play with colours that are similar, but vary slightly with a darker or lighter shade. These colours can be applied on walls, as well as speckled around the house in the form of textiles and accessories to give the room a cohesive feel.
Dabble around with textures and patterns
There are a few ways to inject an extra oomph in your home, besides through the use of contrasting colours. Textures and patterns can add to the diversity of your home, while sticking to a select few colours. Experiment with fabrics, prints and mediums – you’ll be surprised how differently one colour can seem when applied on a painted wood surface, versus a ceramic vase or a cushion cover.
Embrace the warmth of wood
Natural wood possesses a colour that is innately warm and calming. Situated in a climate that is cold most parts of the year, Scandinavian homes often cleverly utilise wood elements around the house. During the winter days where all you can see outdoors is a blanket of white, wood elements provide comfort as they remind one of the warmer days in nature.
On top of being a source of warmth, light colours on flooring also function to create a perception of a larger and brighter space.
You don’t have to live in the far North to enjoy the beauties of Scandinavian home living. With the right colours and furniture style, you can easily achieve the look, even in sunny Singapore.
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