As winter sweeps across Sydney's Northern Beaches, there's no better time to infuse your home with the warmth and charm of Scandinavian design. Inspired by Agustina's (our Digital Marketing Specialist) recent travels to Denmark and Sweden, where minimalist yet cozy interiors reign supreme, you can effortlessly recreate the Scandinavian living style while embracing the unique ambiance of beachside living. In this journal entry, we'll share a few tips to help you achieve a harmonious fusion of Scandinavian aesthetics and coastal vibes, transforming your home into a haven of comfort and tranquility during the chilly winter months.
1. Opt for a Neutral Colour Palette
Scandinavian design is renowned for its clean and serene colour schemes, and this is particularly suitable for beachside living. Choose a neutral palette consisting of whites, soft grays, and muted earth tones as the foundation for your interior. These hues evoke a sense of calmness and complement the natural beauty of the coastal environment.
2. Natural Light & Simplicity
Incorporate natural light as much as possible to emulate the Scandinavian affinity for bright interiors. Maximize the use of large windows and sheer curtains to let the sunlight flood your space during the day. Keep the window treatments minimal, allowing the ocean views and natural surroundings to take centre stage.
3. Warm Textures & Natural Materials
Incorporate warm and tactile textures to create a cozy ambiance. Scandinavian design embraces natural materials such as timber, wool, and linen. Introduce these elements through wooden furniture, woven rugs, chunky knit blankets, and soft cushions. A combination of light and dark woods can add depth to your space while evoking a sense of harmony with the surrounding coastal environment.
4. Declutter & Minimalism
Scandinavian design is characterized by its minimalistic approach. Clear out any unnecessary clutter, allowing the focus to be on simplicity and functionality. Embrace the concept of "less is more" by selecting a few statement pieces and avoiding overcrowding your space. This minimalist approach will create an open and airy atmosphere.
5. Cozy Seating Areas & Layered Textiles
Create intimate and inviting seating areas with comfortable sofas and armchairs adorned with plush cushions and soft throws. Layering textiles not only adds warmth but also provides an opportunity to introduce different textures and patterns to your space. Opt for knitted throws, faux fur blankets, and patterned cushions to add depth and visual interest.
6. Nature-Inspired Accents
Scandinavian design draws inspiration from nature, and this connection can be strengthened in a beachside setting. Incorporate natural accents like seashells, driftwood, and plants to bring the outdoors in. Display potted succulents or leafy greens to infuse your space with life and freshness.
7. Functional & Stylish Storage
Storage solutions are a crucial aspect of Scandinavian design, allowing you to maintain a clutter-free environment. Choose furniture pieces with built-in storage, such as sideboards or coffee tables with drawers, to keep everyday essentials organized. Woven baskets and Scandinavian-style shelving units are not only practical but also add visual appeal to your home.
By incorporating the principles of Scandinavian design into your beachside home, you can create a tranquil and inviting space, perfectly suited for the winter months in Sydney. The harmonious blend of neutral colours, natural materials, cozy textiles, and a touch of nature will help you embrace the Scandinavian style while enjoying the coastal beauty of the Northern Beaches.
We've put together a few of our top Beachwood picks to recreate the Scandi style at home.
- Linen Lantern - Large
- Four Poster Bed - Limed American Ash
- Elm Bench
- Byron Sofa - 4 Seater
- Armadillo Rug - Pompeii
- Clovelly Armchair
- Elm Round Coffee Table
- Timber Tripod Floor Lamp
- Clam Shell
- Amsterdam Console Table
- Round Oak Mirror
- Papaya Vases - various sizes
- Pacific Dining Table - Limed American Ash
- Wishbone Style Chair