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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and this entrance definitely has a WOW factor. From the dazzling, oversized light fixture to the quirky wall decor collected from all over the world, you are instantly engaged as you walk through the dramatic steel and glass doors. The adorable faux sheep were custom crafted in Paris for the homeowner and set a playful tone as cuddle little greeters for guests coming and going.
Taking a cue from spruce cuttings, the homeowner painted the cozy bathroom in a deep, rich green that creates a comforting cocoon – the perfect spot for sinking into a steaming hot bath after exploring the tundra.
With an expansive deck off the rear of the home, installing easy access glass doors was a no-brainer for this couple who loves to entertain. Now there's an easy flow between the two spaces and the breakfast nook table can transform into a cocktail station or brunch buffet when needed!
It’s easy to relax and shift your focus back to nature when all the distractions are pared back. The waterfront cottages are comfortable yet minimalist, in true Norwegian style. Using rope instead of wood molding along the ceiling’s perimeter is a cute nautical touch.
While shopping for art, don’t get distracted by unattractive frames. You can always move the art into a more modern frame that better suits your style and space. These gold tone frames work really well and tie into the room’s vintage light fixture.
Thanks to the abundance of natural light, rich saturated colors feel right at home in this guest bedroom. The graphic artwork over the bed served as color inspo for the space. And energizing combination of blues and greens help make the room welcoming to both kids and adults. The crisp white pieces flanking the bed help draw the eye up to the glossy white ceiling.
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.
In spare spaces you can afford to do a bit of bold pattern. You can even mix and match, as long as there is some unifying element. In this room, it’s the vibrant red found in both the blankets and stuffed animals.
There’s something very serene about an uncluttered bedroom. The Nordic design ethos puts a lot of significance on the beauty of an un-fussy space. This quaint bedroom with twin beds is a perfect example with its thick, inviting blankets and accessories you can count on one hand. It’s just enough to feel “lived in” but spare enough to keep your mind quiet and primed for a great night’s sleep.
Mixing in natural elements like plants, baskets, fruit or in this case… taxidermy helps a space feel warm and storied. The mix of masculine elements with the flowing drapery, table linen and brass accents keeps it from feeling like a hunting lodge.