Planning a Scandi-inspired living room

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For me, the most exciting thing about moving into our new home this summer (fingers crossed all goes to plan!) are the endless interior projects I’ll soon have! As you can imagine, my Pinterest account is very active at the moment with endless boards of inspiration for our new house. One trend I’ve always been a huge fan of is the streamlined Scandinavian style, and it seems that it’s not heading anywhere fast! So I’ve been making plans for our future Scandi-inspired living room…

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One of the boxes we desperately wanted to tick when searching for our next home was a room downstairs that we could use as a playroom for the kids. Our current living room is constantly littered with toys, crayons and Play-Doh, and we really want our next living room to be a retreat for the hubby and I on the evenings, as opposed to an all-hours playroom. Luckily our next house has the room for this, so we’re super excited about having a living room with more style and less practicality.

Must-haves for a Scandi-inspired living room…

White walls and windows

Most Scandinavian interiors use white as the foundation colour and I love the modern finish that you get with pure white walls. White walls also create a fantastic blank canvas that you can dress up with a playful accent colour, bold furnishings and interesting accessories. To complete the look I’ll be adding white wooden blinds. We’re big fans of shopping online for blinds – we got all of our current blinds from Blinds Direct at a fraction of the price to the high street, and they’ve been great.

Bold patterns

Since the Scandi style is simple and clean, you can afford to introduce some bold patterns to create your own individual style statement. Patterned textiles including rugs, cushions and artwork compliment this style perfectly. Stick to bold, geometric patterns over intricate designs if you want to nail this style. The rug in our current lounge is well overdue an update, so I’m looking forward to a new replacement! I will definitely be checking out the range by Alternative Flooring which enables you to create your own bespoke design.

Tactile furnishings

Introducing ample soft furnishings and lush textiles gives the Scandinavian style its cosy finish. I’m a huge fan of cushions and throws on our sofa, so I’m looking forward to having another excuse to buy some more! We’re also well overdue a new sofa – I’m loving the velvet finishes that are big right now…

Greenery

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I’m a huge fan of bringing the outside indoors and plan to do this a lot more in our new home with more potted plants and greenery throughout. Green isn’t a colour I tend to use much of as a feature colour, but I love how adding greenery is a stylish way of adding a bold accent colour. It works so well against a crisp, white background.

Natural materials

I seem to naturally gravitate towards more rustic furniture, as opposed to glossy and high shine (most likely because it’s lower maintenance and I’m not a fan of unnecessary housework!) Luckily, the Scandinavian style incorporates its fair share of natural materials and textures to add a cosy charm to this otherwise minimalist look. So at least we can hold onto some of our current furniture…

Are you a fan of Scandi-inspired interiors? What trends do you take your inspiration from?

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9 Comment

  1. Reply
    Sue @ Home Heart Harmony
    April 5, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Sounds so exciting! I love the ideas and can’t wait to see your ‘Scandi’ living room in your new home!! xx #HomeEtc

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    Emily
    April 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I’m planning a scandi inspired home office makeover for my own little hideaway. I’m now off to admire your Pinterest!

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    Becky at PinksCharming
    April 5, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    OOOh how lush are these pictures!! So inspiring, I bet you can’t wait to get stuck in when you get your new house! xx #HomeEtc
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    Sarah
    April 5, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Scandi style is very popular at the moment. I love it. How exciting that your moving into your new house. Look forward to reading all about it.
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    Keira @ Dekko Bird
    April 5, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I love Scandi style too and love how you can add in vintage touches with old pieces of furniture to add character and warmth. We too moved house last year and now have a separate playroom for the kids’ stuff, which means we can chill in the evenings without a mountain of playmobil to shove out of the way, first! I look forward to seeing how your new home unfolds when you get your hands on it! Keira x #HomeEtc

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    Nancy Straughan
    April 6, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Ohhh yes! I love everything about what you’ve chosen, I think we have quite similar styles. Can’t wait to see it finished.

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    SofaSumo
    April 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I love the Scandi style!

    Also, love your Pinterest – can we feature for a week on our blog?

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    Lins @ Boo & Maddie
    April 8, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    How exciting to have so much potential lying in wait. I too love the Scandi style, I’m much more a fan of light interiors than the dark trends that are everywhere right now X #HomeEtc

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    People of Tomorrow
    April 11, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Sounds exciting! It will be fun to see the end result!
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