A wooden cabin in the woods by a lake, isn’t that an image that many of us dream about? It’s an ideal, that Scandinavian feeling, of crackling fires and silence. Of simplicity and living a light life. Back to basics and one with nature. Your Tiny House may not be located in a Norwegian forest or on the edge of a Fjord, but you can still create that atmosphere, that feeling, by implementing the Scandinavian style in your interior.
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Choose your color palette
A style and atmosphere are largely determined by your choice of color palette. For a Scandinavian atmosphere, stick to cool, light, calming colors from nature such as ice blue and moss green. Choose only a few matching colors for your home. A basic color, for example a white or gray shade, and two or three colors to create accents. You can then play with various shades, such as pink or blue. But, keep it light and calm.
Take it easy with patterns
Plain fabrics and surfaces look a lot calmer than when you combine different patterns. If you do want to use a pattern, choose only one and apply it on a small scale. For example in a wallpaper on one wall or in a plaid on the sofa. Other than that, choose plain fabrics. It is also best to keep the floor simple. Light woods also fit well here. It is better not to lay the floor in a herringbone but use narrow planks lengthwise to make the room appear larger. Tip: wide planks are less suitable in a small house, because then you tend to want to count the planks.
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Select your furniture based on simplicity
You don’t have a lot of furniture in your Tiny House, so you have to choose the furniture you do have carefully. In a small house it is better to choose one eye-catcher than to have many different smaller pieces of furniture. For example, if you want a table and chairs at home, choose a table with a beautiful striking top as an eye-catcher and make sure that the chairs are all in the same style. Don’t choose all different chairs, because that makes the whole collection chaotic. Choose Scandinavian chairs with narrow legs so that more of the floor can be seen.
Use natural materials
Wood is of course a material that fits perfectly in a Scandinavian interior. Choose light woods such as birch and when you varnish it, do so with transparent varnish. White and gray stones, feathers, wool and leather in light and natural tones, it all works very well in your Norwegian forest house.
Keep it tidy
Your interior can be stylishly Scandinavian, if it is crammed with piles of stuff and your kitchen counter is full of dirty dishes, then it won’t really make you feel ‘zen’. So make sure that everything has its permanent place behind closed doors and clean up every day. Better yet, when you use something, put it right back in its place when you’re done with it. Keep the floor spacious and clean and reserve a spot in a kitchen drawer where you can put dirty cups and plates until you do the dishes.
The finishing touch: scent and light
In addition to color, scent and light also determine the atmosphere. When you’re done decorating your tiny Scandinavian Valhalla, you can add the finishing touch with one or two beautiful, large candles and a nice scent. For the latter, opt for high-quality fragrance sticks with a scent that is reminiscent of the forest. Put on some nice background music by Efterklang or Melissa Horn and you’re all set!