If the new year has you longing for a fresh new look, but you aren’t quite ready to commit to a new style, why not try mixing your favorite design styles?
Do you love the look of a bright and airy, clutter-free Scandinavian home, but also love color and want to display your favorite treasures? If so, then a Scandinavian-Bohemian combo will bring you the best of both worlds.
Initially, Bohemian maximalism and Scandinavian minimalism may seem to conflict with one another. But, if you take the best parts of each style, you get a relaxed and welcoming space that will make both your inner clean freak and your fun-loving self happy.
The key to successfully mixing these two very different styles is finding a balance between serene and chaotic. Here are seven steps to help you apply the key features of each style to create a cohesive and inviting space.
1. Start with a Neutral Base
To get the bright and light-filled look that makes Scandinavian decor so desirable, start with a fresh, white backdrop; bright, white walls are the perfect canvas for displaying beautiful art without creating a cluttered feeling.
Next, when it comes to large-scale pieces such as the sofa, choose neutral or subdued solid colors. This will allow you to add color and patterns through smaller items – such as pillows and throws – without creating sensory overload.
2. Pick Your Colors
Once you have a calming, neutral base, it’s time to add some color. To ensure your space feels consistent and not disorderly, it’s important to choose a color palette and stick with it. In a truly Bohemian space, anything goes, and all colors and patterns are welcome. Alternatively, to tone down the look, choose a favorite pattern and pull your colors from there. Furthermore, limit your palette to three to five colors, and be sure to include a neutral in the mix.
An area rug is often the perfect piece to pull your colors from; it’s large, so the colors are already dominating the space, but don’t limit yourself! You can also use a pretty throw pillow or a favorite piece of artwork to pull colors from, as well.
3. Explore Patterns
Patterns add interest and can also help express your passions and tastes. But, you don’t want to go overboard. Too many patterns in one space can leave your room feeling disorganized. Instead, choose one or two patterns that work with your color scheme and use them sparingly to add warmth and interest.
4. Celebrate Nature
Bohemian and Scandinavian styles both incorporate a love of nature. So, include wood furniture, natural materials and an abundance of plants to help bring the outside in. These elements also add a serene feeling and create a connection with nature.
In particular, look for unfinished wood furniture and items made with natural materials – such as jute, wicker and bamboo – to give your home that outdoors feeling.
5. Layer in Texture
Texture is the secret to creating an inviting room that you can’t wait to curl up in. And, the great thing about a Scandinavian-Bohemian space is that you have almost endless options for adding texture.
For example, try faux fur draped over weathered wooden chairs, or add a chunky throw in the living room or bedroom. Then, look for shag or natural-fiber rugs to bring texture in from the ground up. Finish it off with a mix of soft, fluffy pillows paired with rough knits for contrast.
6. Choose a Statement Piece
Whether it’s a fabulous light fixture or a gorgeous wall hanging, choose a statement piece that expresses your style. Scandi design favors a clean, monochromatic palette and often lacks a bold focal point. So, step up your style with a big, colorful, Boho-inspired piece or an eye-catching, oversized element to draw attention.
7. Get Sentimental
The best part of Boho design is displaying all of the unique treasures that bring you joy. But Scandinavian design favors minimal clutter. To compromise, choose only your favorite souvenirs and mementos, and display them to add character and tell your story.
If you love a bit of color but also want a serene home, a mix of Scandinavian and Bohemian design styles may be just the answer.