Nordic and Scandinavian home decor is an aesthetic that has often been associated with minimalism, and cold, stark colours. But, in the late 20th Century, this attitude to interior design was welcomed as refreshing, tipping easily over into the mainstream. Nordic style is constantly evolving though, and is now the perfect way to bring warmth into your living space. Embracing the Nordic style is a chance to bring luxury fabrics and textures into your home, ready for a cosy winter.
Warm and tactile fabrics
To create an inviting and elegant look, fill your living space with luxurious fabrics that will make you want to reach out and touch. Plush, natural-coloured velvets, soft faux fur throws in beige and creams, worn leather, and sheepskin rugs are essential for this winter. The Nordic Style store in Wimbledon village is a good place to be inspired by rich materials with thick textures. Elys of Wimbledon also has a wonderful selection of fabric throws and accessories that are perfect for snuggling up in on a cold, winter night.
Make a feature of your fireplace
A beautiful fireplace is an essential focal point for a warm, Nordic style living room. If you are reopening an old fireplace, or refurbishing one, it is also worth considering installing a wood-burning stove as an alternative heat source for your home. For an authentic, Nordic fireplace, again look to natural colours and designs. It should be practical too – Scandinavian decor needs to have “lagom” – this word means the right balance between life and design. Grate Expectations on Kingston Road has a wide range of modern and antique fireplaces to suit your Wimbledon home.
Ethereal, warm lighting
How you light your living room makes a huge difference to creating a cosy and intimate space. Stark white bulbs might be perfect for industrial chic, but for a Nordic winter style, look for warm, yellow lighting. You should be illuminating your space to compliment the luxurious fabrics – emulating the glow of candlelight is the best way to do this. Feathers are a popular motif in Nordic design that can be incorporated into your design theme. Lampshades with a feather exterior are a wonderful choice to give your lighting a dreamlike quality. Wimbledon Lighting and Arrow Electrical Lighting have some great options to bring warmth into your space.
Nordic style for this winter is all about that feeling of “hygge” and homeliness. Invest in furnishings and accessories that are soft and inviting to give your living room a feeling of true winter luxury.
Written by Jennifer Dawson