In addition to pattern, texture is equally important. Whether it’s from a shaggy rug, fringed out blanket or sumptuous throw pillow. Also, adding one small touch that’s really personal or even playful helps to give a room warmth and personality.
The Norwegian lifestyle is laid back and low-maintenance, preferring a more natural approach. There’s no need for stain when the sealed wood weathers to a lovely silver-gray patina over time. And cottage guests love stepping out onto their own private deck in the mornings with coffee.
When a space is primarily white and clutter-free, simple everyday objects like a well-made chair or your favorite puffer jackets can become a colorful focal point. Less is more when it comes to Scandi-style so choose what’s out on display carefully and you’ll love the final result.
If your home office needs a fresh new look, it’s time to break out the spray paint. It’s easier than ever to paint a variety of surfaces thanks to new paint formulas. The biggest challenge will be choosing a color from dozens of on-trend hues. You can even paint fabrics with the right product!
Often times, getting that chic, edited look you see online and in magazines isn’t as hard as you think. Just don’t overthink small opportunities. For example, this little niche in the corner of the apartment wasn’t built out into an elaborate cubby system to create extra storage, the homeowner simply added ONE bar and three hooks painted out to match the wall color. An elegant solution, now the coats and accessories feel like part of the décor. Their beauty and texture really pop in such a pared down environment.
The master bedroom felt more modern and spacious with a white minimalist canopy bed as the focus of the room. A few warm pieces like the vintage chest of drawers and burled lamps round out the look. The large, colorful rug is like a piece of art for the floor.
The limited amount of art and accessories in a Scandinavian inspired space means that each piece takes on added importance. The graphic quality of the art on Helga’s living room wall really stands out, where as it may have gotten lost in the shuffle in a large gallery wall. Keeping larger furnishings neutral allows smaller, more colorful items to really be “seen” and have more impact.
The stairs to the loft’s second bedroom were painted in a durable porch paint, then a tightly woven carpet was tacked down to minimize scuffs (and noise!). The pretty blue weave is tough enough to withstand daily use but will be very easy to change out down the road, should the homeowner want to change up the look.
With an effortless ability to create interiors that don’t feel overly masculine, the master bedroom is imbued with a softness that’s far from feminine. The classic ticking of the duvet paired with a worn leather chair and warm woods strike the perfect balance. Fresh flowers and soft drapery give it a dreamy vibe.
It’s easy to see the appeal of Scandinavian design. Helga Jonsdottir’s home, located in the heart of Reykjavik is a classic example of this wildly popular trend. An aesthetic that hails from the Nordic regions of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, this style is all about functional minimalism, but it’s not so stripped down that interiors feel cold and uninviting. They’re balanced with a bit of warmth, too and the Swedish call this lagom, meaning “just right”.
Sticking to only one time period can be a little dangerous when it comes to buying second-hand furniture. You may end up with a space that looks dated rather than curated. To pull together an eclectic look be willing to mix in your flea market finds with pieces that are new (or new-ish). This 70’s dining room table feels retro cool paired with crisp white resin chairs and super-saturated turquoise rug.
If a great-looking gallery wall gives you goosebumps, the fastest (and cheapest) way to collect art for one is to scour your local flea markets and art fairs. This nostalgic Fisher Price inspired piece by Denver-based artist Jonathan Fenske was the starting point for this gallery wall and sets a playful tone for the space.
A dark, narrow hallway leading to the private spaces of the home was no match for wall-to-wall white paint. The space now feels much larger and connected to the home's light and airy gallery-style foyer. A pair of tunnel skylights were installed to bring in more natural light. Wallpaper and a bead board ceiling add textural interest.
With any fixer, concessions need to be made and rather than gut the existing kitchen in, the homeowner chose to update the cabinets with black paint and add a classic subway tile backsplash. Design details give the kitchen a high-end look. The plants and flag above the upper cabinets emphasize the room’s generous ceiling height while the leaned artwork and vintage rug add a dash of sophistication.
While renovating, a nearby laundry room was relocated downstairs in order to improve the kitchen's overall layout. The new L-shape configuration made it much easier for tow people to prepare food together and more than doubled the room's storage and work surface.
There’s just something about wandering a flea market on the hunt for something truly fantastic that gets the blood pumping. If you want to create an eclectic space that’s unique AND affordable, shopping flea markets is definitely the way to go.
All work and no play make a home office a VERY dull space. The overscale photo of vintage office equipment is a wink and a nod to the homeowner's love of renovation, as well as their sense of humor. The lesson here: time flies, so you might as well have some fun, right?
A trio of Nelson Bubble Lamps designed by a mid-century design super star George Nelson makes a bold, yet playful statement hung above the breakfast nook table. It's not only a great conversation piece, it provides plenty of light once the sun goes down.