Quick tips to achieve the Scandi style for your interiors
You don’t have to be big into interiors to be at least passingly familiar with the Scandinavian style. The Scandi style, as it’s affectionately known, has actually been around since the 1950s, but its popularity has been steadily growing across the UK throughout the last few decades, and this year it’s once again it onto the top interiors trends for 2021. It’s a highly distinctive style of minimalism, distinguished by its simplicity and practicality, with clean lines, natural elements and geometric patterns.
So if you’re considering a change for your interiors, whether that’s a full style makeover or just a quick spruce with some new loose sofa covers, here are a few of our top tips to incorporate the Scandi style into your home.
Choose neutral tones
Scandi style is above all designed to be calming and peaceful, which is part of the reason why the entire style is anchored in neutral shades like grey, brown and white for walls and other influential features. Grey is the most popular colour for Scandinavian style interiors, as it serves as an excellent backdrop for all the other little touches and flourishes associated with the trend. It’s not uncommon to see Scandi interiors with an entirely monochrome colour scheme. If you’re not a fan of grey though, there are plenty of other options, such as offset white, and pastel colours like pink, lilac and lavender.
Scandi sofas, chairs and soft furnishings
Clean lines and rounded edges are both central tenets of the Scandi style, rooted in its characteristic simplicity. Your sofa and chairs are some of the most influential elements of the entire room, so they’re a good place to focus on. You’ve got a couple of options here – you can choose a plain grey loose sofa cover and colourise using your cushions, and complement the look with worn leather chairs to add texture and detail. Or you can choose muted blue sofa covers and similar colours, allowing you to contrast your furniture with the surrounding neutral tones without the effect coming across as too jarring or disjointed.
If you’re thinking about getting new chairs, coffee tables or other types of smaller furniture, it’s worth considering models with slim, carved legs, which can really help to bestow them with that elegant sense of simplicity. And on the note of smaller elements, softer and more snuggly textiles are hallmarks of the Scandi style, so stock up on linen and wool and sheepskin. Some of them might currently be a bit heavier for the lighter weather of Spring, but they’ll really come into their own in Autumn!
Focus on efficiency and decluttering
This is perhaps one of the most widespread and enduring appeals of the Scandi style – its minimalist ethos of shedding clutter, and embracing a simpler way of living. Now, if you’ve ever seen an episode of Tidying with Marie Kondo, you’ll already know how tricky that can be to do. So to make it easier for yourself, it’s best to start from the ground up. First of all, choose only what you literally need for the room to function, and then make sure to stay selective about what decorative elements you’d like in the space.
If you’re still finding it difficult, don’t forget that you can complement this approach by investing in some creative storage solutions and multipurpose furniture. That might include a sofa bed for example, or neat storage spaces built into coffee tables and chairs. This can help you keep the place tidy without having to wave goodbye to too many treasured possessions!
It’s all in the little touches
Minimalist styles like the Scandinavian style can be harder to achieve than they might appear at first glance, and one of the reasons for that is that they have to strike a very fine balance between being muted and simply being boring. To avoid that, minimalist styles like the Scandi style are typically enlivened with accents and statement pieces. Now obviously there’s a near infinite number of those to choose from, but just a few ideas include slim, handmade accessories like lamps or vases. Small sculptures and carefully-chosen wall art can achieve exactly the same thing.
Bringing the outside in is another major part of the Scandi style, so feel free to pick out your favourite houseplants, whether they’re small, bright and vibrant, or larger, darker and sophisticated. (For more details on how to do this, you might want to check out our recent post on how to bring spring into your interiors!). Whatever you pick, you can count on it to imbue your space with a refreshing, peaceful atmosphere – exactly what you want from your Scandi interiors!
This is far from an exhaustive list, but should provide you with a few solid ideas on how to get started! And if you’re looking for the best loose sofa covers to enhance your interiors, you’re in exactly the right place. Here at Cover My Furniture, we take care to provide a comprehensive range of sofa covers, chair covers and more for you to choose from, so that you’ll always be able to find plenty of options to suit you.
If you’re having trouble making a decision, or you’re looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to let one of us know. You can get in touch using the contact form on our website, or through our Facebook or Instagram. We’re always happy to hear from you!