Bring some Scandinavian Style to your home February 08 2017

Modern Living Scandinavian StyleWe've been sent a copy of interiors writer Claire Bingham's new book Modern Living Scandinavian Style which is packed with great advice and images that detail how to bring some Scandi chic to your space.

Claire shares the various cues that make up the effortlessly uncluttered look so redolent of Nordic homes and interiors. She says, "We crack the secrets to creating this signature style. Scandi chic is a pairing of old and new, rough and smooth, natural and man-made."

The book takes a room-by-room tour of various pared-back, yet characterful homes, ranging from an urban loft to a converted farmhouse in the countryside, with the help of some cool Scandinavian creatives who share their ideas on how get the signature style, such as Christina Schmidt, co-founder of design store Skandium.

It's packed with practical and accessible advice on how to bring some Scandi atmosphere to your space, including the kitchen, which is outlined below in an extract from Claire's book that explores how to make it the heart of the home. 

The Kitchen

A Scandinavian style dining roomStylish, simple, and well thought through, Scandinavian kitchens are all about utili- tarian design. They marry function with the beauty of natural materials—namely wood, and lots and lots of white.

(image: © car-moebel)

The Inspiration

A Scandinavian interiorThink simple execution in both shape and material. Designer Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama says, “I think that we have a very pragmatic and hands-on attitude to design. Simplicity is valued and wood has always been a preferred material that is renewable and often locally sourced.” Christina Schmidt, from London design store Skandium, agrees, “Scandinavian design stems from the idea of modernism merging with pragmatic country traditions. You get something called Funkis in Sweden, which translates to functionalism. Simple, utilitarian items made in good craftsmanship tradition, supposedly lasting a lifetime and more. Well made items are uplifting, a joy to live with, supportive, and easy for everyday living.” With this in mind, here is where to begin. (image: © Louis Poulsen)

The Materials

Different styles and materials combine in a Scandinavian interiorStart from the ground up. In order of priority, I say floor first, countertops second. The rest—the units, walls, lighting, sink, and any furniture—will work themselves around. A dream chevron white oak floor looks amazing with pale gray units and a concrete countertop. Similarly, a poured concrete floor paired with gloss-white units and an off-white Corian countertop is divine. Touches of wood will enliven a classically Nordic monochrome scheme. Sheepskin throws on dining chairs will soften the clean lines of the spartan furniture, too.

A breakfast bar fits in well with the Scandinavian family way of life. Illuminated by a couple of industrial-style drum pendants, the island makes a feature of the wood detailing and grain.

Push yourself into new color territories or opt for a pure and simple deco look. Either way, the white or black walls offer a versatile backdrop to display dishes and collectibles on open shelving.

Throughout, Modern Living Scandinavian Style, every page continues to work as an inspirational visual source book of ideas. Imagery ranges from entire room shots stuffed with cool character, to smaller vignettes that capture vintage trunks as storage, sheepskins rugs draped invitingly over chairs and antique desks in relaxed workspaces.

It's a wholly immersive read that will inspire anyone to bring some simple and cosy "ordinary beauty" to their home. Here's a few of our favourite spaces in the book.

A simple corner to sit in a Scandinavian inspired interior(image: © We Do Wood)

A mix of styles in a Scandinavian interior
(image: © car-moebel)

The relaxed style of a Scandinavian bedroom
(image: © tinekhome.com)

(Book extract © Modern Living - Scandinavian Style by Claire Bingham, published by teNeues, £29.95, www.teneues.com)