We all love simple and functional Scandinavian style! The Scandinavian look for interiors first rose to popularity in the 50s, along with the mid-century modern design ethic. Characterised by simplicity, functionality and minimalism, floor to ceiling windows to bring nature right into your home, and open spaces that seamlessly connect outside and in. It still works so well today because we all like open plan living spaces that link effortlessly with the outside. Here are some tips from our interior designers to show you how to use designer furniture and bold colour to bring some Scandi-style to your home.
You don’t have to stick to the usual neutral colours - take this modernist Barcelona furniture, with curved wood arms and pointed legs, and cover it with bright green textured fabric. Then add a luxurious wool rug with a contemporary design, a quirky hedgehog lamp and painted occasional tables — and this could be a garden room in Denmark.
Functionality reigns supreme within these minimalist Scandinavian designs. Homes are should be open, airy and have a flow that allows easy living. Made from Indonesian Mindi wood and woven seagrass, this Rosendal woven and wood furniture, named after Rosendal in Norway, shows how garden room style (woven furniture) can be blended with a Scandinavian look.
Using a bright citrus green fabric to reflect light and the asymmetrical shapes to encourage conversation — put two chairs together to create an intimate space for chatting and relaxing. This interesting furniture combined with modern and minimal touches adds the perfect Nordic feel. If only there was a view of the fjord through the window!
Once again the cool, airy interior of this open plan living space is brought to life by intermingling wood, bold, bright colour and textured fabrics. The modern Oxford dining table is solid oak with a typically Scandinavian oiled finish, and the matching chairs are covered in re-cycled boiled wool or leather. A harlequin set of chairs like this with the oak bench illustrate the personality and quirkiness often found in Scandinavian homes.
Designed by Swedish designer Tord Kjellstrom, this contemporary woven furniture is distinctive, generous and sociable. It is more unusual to find woven furniture in modernist interiors, but as you can see, it looks right at home on a wood floor beside this floor to ceiling window. Made from peeled rattan, woven onto rattan poles, this furniture is ideal for a sunlit interior, as you find in a conservatory or garden room.
Salamanca reclining chair and Granada chair and footstool
A statement designer chair is a characteristic of the Scandinavian-style interior. Take your pick from these fabulously relaxing chairs. The Salamanca is a motorised reclining chair with independent control of head and foot rests. The position is adjusted using subtly placed buttons on the side of the chair. An exceptional chair, combining quality in design with outstanding comfort.
Curl up and relax on the Granada swivel chair with matching footstool. The modernist design will fit in many styles of home, but beside this floor to ceiling window it provides the perfect place to enjoy a view of the garden. This chair and stool can be upholstered in a wide range of colours and textures, in both Aqua Clean fabrics and leather. Shown here in a cream leather-look Aqua Clean that you can wipe clean with only water.
So, you can see it is easy to add a bit of Scandinavian style to your garden room — and don’t forget, we are always here to share advice and know-how