John Lewis Soren Office Chair
The simplicity of Scandi style uses natural materials, organic shapes and a soft palette to bring calm to open-plan spaces
Of all the looks designed for the way we live today, the modern Nordic style is a dream for adding texture and interest to a minimalist aesthetic. It works with ease across all rooms and comes into its own in flexible layouts that switch between dining and home office, living and guest bedroom.
At its heart are natural materials including pale wood, leather, jute and linen, and a focus on organic shapes, low-slung furniture, sculptural lighting and statement ceramics. Warmth comes from pale shades of plaster and chalky earth tones while hits of matt black provide bold accent. Blonde wood and fitted storage found throughout but there is a more forgiving softness here with wovens, rattan and woven jute promising warmth and comfort.
Layering up the accessories will make this look your own and you can afford to be bold. Look for interesting silhouettes and create families of mismatched lamps and ceramics that have a common profile or colour palette. A mini art collection can be effective in this scheme, using bold graphic abstracts or framed black-and-white photos to tell your story. Mix up the sizes and formats to keep that relaxed, organic mood.
“Contemporary silhouettes that don’t compromise on comfort are key. Layer sofas and chairs with cushions and throws to create a relaxing space”
“Carefully considered design details are at the heart of Natural Scandinavian style. Layering natural materials will add interest and draw on the appeal of nature within the home”