Simplicity is core to creating Scandinavian interiors. Focus on creating light; using natural materials and a muted colour palette along with de-cluttering to give your home a Scandinavian feel.
Scandinavian influences have been popular within Australian design for some time now and it doesn’t look like the fascination with this design style is going way anytime soon. Scandinavian design is a timeless style that features simplicity at its best, making it increasingly popular for our relaxed Australian lifestyle.
Originating in the 1930’s Scandinavian design showcases how simple design can be highly functional and improve the user’s day-to-day life. Scandinavian interiors feature minimalism, simplicity & durability, creating a confidence that the space will stand the test of time. This is evident in the designs of Scandinavian designers such as Hans J. Wagner, Poul Henningsen & Arne Jacobsen, whose designs are still relevant today.
Here’s how you can create a Scandinavian interior within your home…
Simplicity is core to Scandinavian design! Whether through the use of materials, layout or colour palette, don’t overdo it. Select a few key features that are most important to. Cutting back on the number of accessories and object in the room will de-clutter the space and make you focus on your ‘hero’ pieces.
Light is one of the most important aspects within Scandinavian design. Due to their geographical location, Scandinavian countries experience long periods of time throughout the year, enduring days that only see a few hours of light. Therefore light is carefully considered. Natural light is important. Allow as much natural light to enter your space as possible to give you an interior that is warm and inviting. Use finishes and colours that reflect the light rather than absorb it to make your space appear larger. Include different levels and layers of lighting within your interior. For example, incorporate table or floor lamps to give you mood lighting, as well as general lighting from pendants that let the light flow throughout the entire room. Think Poul Henningsen’s PH Lamp series that throw light downwards, as well as out to the side and up onto the ceiling.
White or Muted Colours
Whites and greys are featured heavily within these interiors. Lighter colours used on surfaces will reflect light around the room, making your space feel brighter and more open. Muted colours or pastels are also used as subtle accents. Playful pops of colour are sometimes used in small amounts within accessories or objects, such as wall hooks.
Timber & Texture
Timber is seen in all Scandinavian interiors and is a vital element. The texture of timber makes Scandinavian homes feel warmer, especially in light to medium tones or with a white/lime wash. Oak and pine are the primary timber types used. Timber finishes are usually unfinished or matt to remain honest to the materials raw form. Timber is not only used as flooring but can also be seen used as wall cladding, within furniture, minimal joinery and objects. Pairing timber with soft furnishings like leather, fur and natural linens and your space will instantly feel warmer and more comfortable.
Graphic & Typographic Prints
It is uncommon to see an image of a Scandinavian interior without seeing at least a few simple prints, either leaning against a wall, on a floating shelf or simply hung on the wall. Prints make the interiors more interesting and a little playful. Bold prints of simple design are also common on cushions and blankets.
With Spring on our doorstep and armed with these tips, now is the time to incorporate a Scandinavian style to your Interior Design. Here's some inspiration to get you started...
We're looking forward to sharing our Scandinavian inspired interior in coming weeks...
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So it’s time for a new kitchen? Getting the best one isn’t as simple as looking around a kitchen showroom or through a magazine and picking one. There are a number of considerations required to plan the kitchen of your dreams.
Every household will find their needs different in terms of what they want within their kitchen and how it is to be used.
Here are our top tips for planning your new kitchen...
Consider Size and Shape
You may want a kitchen with an island in the middle of the room, but is this achievable in the size of your room? The last thing you want is to find that you don’t have room for the essentials because you’ve incorporated a kitchen design layout that doesn’t suit the size or shape of your room. Consider the size of your room and be realistic in your kitchen design. The size of your kitchen may limit the layout options you can have and if your budget allows, moving walls or relocating your kitchen may be the best option.
Think About What You Need
Each household will function differently in their kitchen and therefore have different needs. For example, if you entertain frequently you may want to design your kitchen with a large island bench where guests can sit and chat whilst you prepare dinner. Or if you buy in bulk when you do your grocery shopping you will need a kitchen that has plenty of storage.
In order to make it easier in the planning process, make a list of all the things you require within your new kitchen, in terms of what appliances you want to include; the proximity of these appliances to other areas within the kitchen; what you need to store and what activities will be carried out within the kitchen (i.e. entertaining, single-person cooking, kids doing homework whilst parents cooking or prepping).
Consider Cupboard Heights
The height of all your cupboards is something you do need to consider carefully. You want cupboards at a level that you can reach, but also out of the way of your head. There are many accessory options that allow you to have storage up out of the way but still easily accessible including several different styles of lift up doors. It is worth researching the different types of storage systems available to create a kitchen design that maximises your space.
Include adequate Storage Space
When you’re looking into kitchen design, think carefully about all the items you will need to store and use in the kitchen. Create a list of everything that needs to be stored in your kitchen including appliances, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery etc. Use large corner cupboards for larger items like slow cookers, rice cookers, blenders and the like. Frequently used items need to be easy to access and daily crockery and cutlery easily accessible to the dishwasher. Enlist the help of drawer accessories to keep drawers tidy and maximise storage.
When trying to decide what area will go where, think about how you work within your kitchen and the flow you want to create to make your time in the kitchen easier. Place your washing up amenities and spaces together, put your refrigerator within close proximity of your prep area, which should also be close to your cooktop. Take the time to think about how to make cooking and/or cleaning more efficient. Maintaining a work triangle will greatly improve the flow of your kitchen.
Planning your new kitchen design will definitely pay benefits in the long term, as you will have created a kitchen that works for you, and you enjoy spending time in. If in doubt, consider consulting an interior designer to create the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
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In our post on Bathroom Trends 2015 we touched on Smart Toilet technology. Today we are sharing other major advancements that are changing the future of toilets, as we know them.
Three years ago I visited Japan and experienced first hand the smart toilet concept. The models found throughout Japan at this stage lacked design appeal and this alone would inhibit their spread throughout the Australian market. Now companies like Roca are producing toilets that have an appealing aesthetic that breaks down this barrier and brings Smart toilet technology to Australia. Comfortable and easy to use, their integrated toiliets offer a unique wellbeing experience with remote control functions, including washing and drying capabilities and a night-light. Bluetooth integration allows you to control toilet features and even play music.
An all-in-one solution
In wall cisterns are becoming increasingly popular in Australian bathrooms. As we move towards bathrooms getting smaller it’s great to see Roca introduce a toilet that integrates the cistern and button seamlessly into the pan itself, eliminating the need to install the cistern and button into the wall. The Meridian In-Tank from Roca uses Soft Air Technology to push water from the in-built cistern into the pan for an effective flush. This innovation in toilet design opens up all sorts of possibilities for improving bathroom design and functionality.
Rimless technology is an innovative toilet pan design with a continuous surface free of edged angles, grooves or gaps that allows for better cleaning and higher hygiene standards. Water enters the pan from a single point flowing smoothly from the upper perimeter in a circular motion toward the lower outlet. A toilet that is easier to clean is a huge plus to us.
These three advances in toilet technology are entering the Australian market and while pricey at the moment, will no doubt gain traction and their prices become more competitive.
If you’re considering renovating your bathroom or a planning a new bathroom, these innovative technologies are definitely worth a look.
Images via Reece and Roca
Award-winning Interior Designer at Bella Vie Interiors.