Scandinavian Style – Who Knew?

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We get questions from readers (and people like Heather, who interview us) all the time asking things like:

 Your bungalow only has 1,100 square feet but somehow you’ve made it seem so much larger. How do you do that?


You’ve used so many different textures and finishes in each room, but your space seems to have such a unique and cohesive feel. How did you manage that?

Really we’ve done our best to explain: we have lots of windows, our living room and dining room are one big 336 square foot open concept box, we eliminate the clutter constantly.  And all of those answers are totally true. But it wasn’t until a few days ago when I spied this book on sale at Chapters that I realized a much more all-encompassing answer…

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We decorate with Scandinavian Style.

I really shouldn’t be surprised, given my affection for much of Ikea’s product line! But to be able to put the bulk of our style into words like subtle colour, light, texture, chippy painted wood – and to sum it all up as Scandinavian Style – is somehow quite satisfying. It also explains why when I inject colour into our space I am happiest and most relaxed when those colours are grey-blue, taupe, vanilla, or other tones and hues of nature. And why our house is so full of textures like shag, linen, canvas, burlap, wood, leather, rust, etc.

Have a look at a few inspiration spaces that speak to the Scandinavian decorator in me – notice the tone on tone white/neutral, the textures and all the light. {Insert big ol’ happy sigh right here.}

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So, what about you? Are you a fan of Scandinavian style? Do you love white and bright or would you prefer to surround yourself with rich, dark colour? Or maybe vivid jolts of brilliant colour are more your thing? Do tell us!

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  1. says

    I love the light and airy look but live in a Victorian home with one or two windows in each room. No open concept for me but I still love my home
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    • aka design says

      Do you find yourself decorating with light colours to brighten up the space? Or do you make it super cozy with deeper tones? Call me curious! :)


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