How to Dress Your Bedroom Scandinavian-Style
by RJ Living | June 23, 2015
For many of us, even the thought of laying down on our comfy bed after a busy day is pure bliss. If any space in our home deserves a touch of indulgence and luxury, it’s the bedroom, and the Scandinavians are so good at achieving this. A Scandinavian-style bedroom is simple, fresh, tranquil and relaxing. It’s just how any bedroom should be, so if you wish to create a Scandinavian-style interior – the bedroom is the right choice.
Here we share some tips on how to dress your bedroom in a Scandinavian-style and create the perfect nest.
1. Embrace the white
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Walls, ceiling and sometimes even floors of Scandinavian interiors are more often than not painted in white or very light neutral colours. This palette helps to make the space feel larger as well as give the bedroom a fresh, airy appearance.
2. Natural materials
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A Scandinavian bedroom is not complete without the presence of natural timbers. The floors are the obvious place to reveal the natural material however, you can also add this element with selecting wooden furniture such as a bed, storage or bedside tables.
3. Select quality linens
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High quality bed linens can really lift the textural element and colour composition of your Scandinavian bedroom as well as feel amazing when you’re tucked in. Get rid of linens that are a toxic mix of unnatural materials and invest in high thread counts and beautiful quality fabrics.
4. Add colour and interest with pillows
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Pillows are a great affordable way to play with colour and texture and also to inject a little interest into the space without having to do a total redecoration. Without touches of colour, Scandinavian interiors would be sterile and uninviting. Be brave and have some fun with your print and shape selection, although don’t go OTT with the number of pillows as making the bed each morning can become a real chore.
5. Keep your furniture minimal
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Select bedroom furniture that is simple in its form and complements the neutral, simple palette. Scandinavian bedrooms are kept quite minimal with only key pieces such as a feature chair and bedside tables like our Eddie Scandinavian Style taking up residence.
6. Inject your personality
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Too often we forget to treat the bedroom with the same level of detail and attention as we do with other spaces in the home. Scandinavian bedrooms tend to inject personality into the space to create interest and add colour to the neutral palette. Hang quality artwork, display a few photos and include accessories and objects that delight you.
7. Consider your lighting sources
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Scandinavian interiors draw in as much natural light as they can and avoid bright artificial lights where possible. Lighting can easily transform a bedroom space to accommodate our moods and needs. Bright overhead lights, for example, are an instant romance killer and are not often seen in a Scandinavian bedroom. Instead, opt for warm lights on a dimmer switch, and bedside lamps to allow for night time reading. Use candles to create a sense of intimacy and also add a relaxing and pleasurable perfume to the space.
8. Create a nook
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If you have some extra room in your bedroom, create a relaxing nook where you can place a comfy armchair, a side table and perhaps even a stack of your favourite reads. Ideally, you want to create a bedroom that isn’t just for you to sleep in and a place to store your clothes. A well-dressed Scandinavian bedroom should be designed to create the ultimate hiatus from our daily lives.
9. Decorate with restraint
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The Scandinavians have mastered decorating with restraint. The interiors, particularly the bedroom, are never over cluttered with objects, artwork and personal possessions no matter how important they are. Instead, they are chosen carefully and displayed with precision and care, just as the furniture and textiles have been selected.
Scandinavian bedroom furniture is not showy or over the top. Through the use of a neutral palette, natural textures and restraint decoration, they can be the ideal hideaway for you to unwind and relax after a long day.