Simple Scandinavian style is all about being stripped back to the basics, while also striking a nice balance between fashion and functionality. The look should be cool, calm and clean – meaning a tidied and orderly space for real relaxation. This minimal approach to design focuses on the two most important areas to chill out in: the bathroom and bedroom.
To achieve this understated vibe, opt for natural tones set against a neutral background – this colour scheme really evokes a sense of serenity and tranquility. Flashes of warmer shades lift the overall look, like these mustard Dijon towels, while softer greys, whites and navy hues maintain the pared-back effect.
Add a pop of personality to the simplistic style with quirky-cool prints like the kissing stag duvet or pebbled shower curtain. The fun, repeating reindeer pattern is reminiscent of a typical Scandinavian hunting lodge and lends a cosy, snug feel.
Furniture should be minimal yet modern, with rustic and re-worked pieces for a lived-in look. This chic chair, for instance, features a contemporary shape, while the wooden and angled splade legs are influenced by mid-century silhouettes. The reclaimed, almost washed-up wooden finishes continue the subtle and rural ‘hunting lodge’ theme.
These contemporary steel cabinets help you to clear out the clutter to create an open, spacious room. Meanwhile, metal and wooden baskets are perfect storage and stay true to the humble but homely decor. Keep the accessories basic with recycled glass bottles and jars, plus stone soap dishes and dispensers in the bathroom for an earthy element.
Bath tubs and sink basins come in simple, curved shapes, and the white finishes awaken a pure, clean sensation. The hanging light pendant lends a structured and industrial feel for a city-apartment twist on the lodging look, while its wide brim and lower hanging length ties in the retro 1950s influence.
Hang a classic, circular mirror for a fuss-free finish to the bathroom. You can also store additional soaps in clear jars and stack them on top of shabby chic cupboards.
And remember, the key styling tip is to punctuate the minimal design with colourful accents and prints. The look is not to be totally plain and practical.
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