Scandinavian styling has taken the interior world by storm and has been going strong for a while now, the world can’t seem to get enough – but not for much longer! A style that many are latching on to and taking to extremes, Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors says it’s time to stray away from the bland, minimal style and insert a little personality and character into the home.
When creating the Scandinavian style, Justine has seen most homeowners getting lost in the style, creating a matchy matchy look in their home. Justine says, “It is important to avoid having every item in your home in the same colour as your featured oak, as this leads to a space becoming bland and lacking personality.”
Encouraging homeowners to inject some colour and texture items into their homes to create a bespoke and individual feel, Justine shares her top tips on how homeowners can introduce personality into the Scandinavian style and avoid having the display suite theme:
Use a vintage kilim or Persian rugs in your bedroom or living space. The Scandinavian trend is to swap out any colour for plain jute or white rugs, so this leaves a great opportunity for you to bring in a rug that has some patina, age, and some pattern as well as colour. If you want a fairly neutral feel still, opt for patterns over colours, or colours in muted or washed out tones.
Hunt around at the salvos, markets or vintage furniture stores for a statement piece. A retro coffee table, a unique chair or something as small as brass or ceramic vases, or coloured glassware will help add character to your space. The trick is to have something old in amongst fresh new interior to create a more welcoming feeling. Vintage items always add a story or some mystery to a space.
Scatter cushions to inject colour. Try injecting warm tones such as rich plum, mustard, dark green or blush. A few cushions along with one or two accessories are enough to change the feel of your space.
Introduce interesting lighting. A vintage table or floor lamp can add an earthy twist to your space. Popular in bohemian inspired interiors, a tray with lots of candles can make a good coffee table centre piece or an overcall colourful lamp will make a big impact to uplift and change up the Scandi style.
Make it more ‘homely’ By layering additional items such as large floor scatter cushions, ottomans or a group of interesting side tables which can work as a coffee table the more you can entertain in it, as its flexible and still quite minimal. This will also help the space feel homelier.