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Nordic Naturalism

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We all recognise that unwelcome ‘lull’ that often overwhelms us mid-winter.  The crisp, golden autumnal leaves long ago withered and the sky suffocated in a blanket of endless grey.  Our bodies and minds slowly creep into an ever-long hibernation mode, where the thoughts of wrapping ourselves in buttery soft layers of fabric and indulging in warm, hearty food in the comforts of our homes become that much more appealing.

What a perfect marriage such feelings are with creating a domestic space brimming with light, warmth and softness, a cocoon to encase us contently until the first rays of warm sun bless us with their presence come Spring…

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Scandinavian-style interiors are recognized and admired globally, however popularity for the look peaks as the temperatures plummet seasonally. The artful combination of a look crisp but not stark, naturally beautiful and texturally stimulating is refreshingly appealing.

The look most often lends itself to monochromy, predominantly clean white with solid smacks of charcoal. The gleam from platinum accessories adding shine, the weathered finish of pale woods adding texture, the artfully placed collection of B&W prints adding pattern.

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Taking these key elements however and reinventing the palette wheel with shades a little warmer can create an equally balanced look between clean, textural and inviting.

Matt wood floors in warmer, oak shades form a solid canvas for sumptuous texture, whilst darker, chocolate wood adds depth. Soft hides in cream and honey add ripples of softness to seating or surfaces. Linens in taupe and ivory add to the cleanness of palette and naturalness of texture. Brushed metallic details in copper or pale gold throw hints of warm reflections through the space.

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Like being wrapped in cashmere and dazzling in diamonds at the same time; the balancing act of certain elements, those which our Scandinavian inspirers so effortlessly orchestrate; can create that seasonal, hibernating haven for months to come.

Imagery courtesy of Nordic Design and Tom Dixon

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