Credit for lead image: Rocky cot bed from This Modern Life
I have to admit I’m biased. But that’s OK, because this is a personal blog after all. But when it comes to nursery style, I am unstoppably drawn to all things Scandinavian.
It’s interesting really, because with the rest of the house, I’m not restrained enough to be Scandi. But I have fallen in love with Scandi style nurseries, and you’ve probably noticed a lot of the stuff I feature here has been inspired by this aesthete.
So for today’s post, I thought I’d do something a little different, and share with you my top five tips for bringing some Scandinavian magic to your little one’s nursery. Now, I think this look works best of all with eeny weeny babies, who haven’t yet had a chance to demand heaps of plastic toy monstrosities (but if you start them young enough, maybe they’ll never want anything else!). Here we go…
Scandi style is helpfully very gender-neutral, and if you’re decorating a nursery and don’t know yet what flavour your baby will be, it’s failsafe. So keep walls white, and keep floorcoverings as light as possible. Remember, the key to a successful Scandi look is plenty of natural light and natural materials. So choose wooden floors where possible, and simple white-painted walls. A classic white cot, like this one from Mini Objects of Desire, is also a great choice for instant Scandi chic. Starting with this backdrop makes it easy to add interest in other ways, meaning the room can grow with your baby too.
Keep patterns simple and graphic
If you’re nervous of colour and pattern, then one way to guarantee some Scandi style is to stick to a monochrome palette throughout. This Ferm Living bedlinen from Lullabuy is perfect. Choose graphic artwork in contrasting black and white (for a good selection, visit our shop, and see below!). But if you do want to add some colour, then make sure any pattern used is simple and graphic.
Add wooden accents
There’s nothing like the beauty of natural wood to bring a room to life. But not all woods are equal – there’s no place for orange pine here. Think bleached or white-washed oak, beech, and kids’ room favourite, plywood, to keep tones muted and stylish. And wood doesn’t just have to be on furniture – small accessories are the perfect way to add some natural beauty to the room too. I love these Lucie Kaas sparrows from Utility Design so much I have them in my office. Keep them up high and out of reach of little ones’ grasps.
Bring in the animals
And on that note… don’t forget the animals! The Scandis are famously in touch with the natural world, and that includes all the other creatures living in it. Whether on artwork, bedlinen, cushions (these Fabelab ones from Scandiborn are adorable!) or rugs, there are tons of ways you can introduce decorative elements featuring friendly faces.
Don’t forget about texture
Last but not least: layer up the texture! Whether it’s a cosy rug on the floor, plenty of cushions on your chairs, natural lighting options or simple muslin curtains hanging from the windows, texture softens the look and adds cosiness. Sheepskin rugs like this one from The White Company are always a winner – but don’t forget you can throw them over chairs too, for authentic Scandi styling.
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Ikea (of course!)