Right at Home in Scandi Style Though it is hugely popular the world over, Scandinavian design especially resonates with Australians. Perhaps this is because Aussie style is also heavily influenced by nature. The difference is that Scandi interiors embrace clean minimalism to make homes seem more spacious and light during gloomy Northern winters, whereas we like it for the cool tones and uncluttered style.
But wait: the Scandi penchant for clean lines, natural materials and understated elegance also extends to cool fashion nous. Don't let your house have all the fun; let's talk about how to weave some of that ineffable Northern cool into your every day.
Dress Me Up
Any fashion nerd worth her Birkenstocks knows that Acne is a thing, but there's actually a whole body of Scandinavian fashion designers creating unusual, effortless and achingly cool designs. Of course, no one does a butter-soft biker jacket like Acne, but if you need a sleek, sporty ensemb, all graphic prints and dark neutrals, run to Danish designers Baum und Pferdgarten. Also, for a minimal dress in all kinds of slink, you need look no further than Swedish house Filippa K.
If you like more spunk in your Scandi, explore the world of Anne Sofie Madsen. Her work is like Riccardo
Tisci's Givenchy and Lisbeth Salander had a lovechild, and it's insanely wonderful. Think sculptural bikerinspired minidresses, crop tops dripping with silver chains and a whole lot of attitude.
Finally, how could I compile a list of Scandinavian designers without referencing Danish designer Freya DalsjĂ¸? Her work alone is enough to make me want to book a one-way ticket to Copenhagen, if only so I can wear her incredible wool coats with their trompe l'oeil fur details.
Take Me Home
So you've got your chic wardrobe stocked with sleek layers and clean lines, but what about your home? Danish furniture really took off in the mid-20th Century, with designers like Ray and Charles Eames, Finn Juhl and BĂ¸rge Mogensen creating now-iconic furniture pieces that are functional, fluid and comfortable. Originals by these designers are now collector's items, but licensed replicas are also available. Achieve a Scandinavian-influenced look by combining such pieces with other gorgeous items that also speak of the Scandi-trend's signature clean, bright aesthetic.
White walls and white painted floors or polished floorboards and the best canvas. If you have carpet, it should be made of natural fibres, as Scandinavian interiors place the focus firmly on natural materials. Furniture should be simple, linear and functional, like the 6ixty 3 Seater Sofa and matching 6ixty armchair by Line Design (both are available at Wayfair.com.au). A low sideboard in pale oak makes for a chic storage space, especially if you're trying to achieve the minimal Scandinavian look, as you'll need somewhere to store power cords and random bits that are the hallmark of a modern home. Pop a leafy houseplant and art book on top and no one will know that hidden inside are all your remote controls and photo albums: perfekt! Get Wayfair coupon code 70% OFF or more on Sale Items at Wayfair.com.au. Buy now! Get this Wayfair 70% off sale and Wayfair coupons, promo codes for September on Coupon4share.com
Introducing texture is another lovely way of incorporating a Scandinavian sensibility into your dĂŠcor: contrast pale wood with a fur throw, or a black-and-white wool rug with a metal stool in the palest mint. What this means is that whilst your colour palette is clean, pale and neutral, there are subtle contrasts for the eyes, adding vigour to the look of a room.
When you're finished decorating, the effect should evoke a calm energy, as the simplicity of the colours and lines work with subtle accents of colour and texture to make for an invigorating space.
For more inspiration, see all of Wayfair Australia's Scandinavian Retro trends and styles.