Scandinavian Design With a Bohemian Twist

My first love is definitely Scandinavian design. I love the muted colors. I love the simplicity. I absolutely love how practical, functional, and streamlined the furniture is. Most of all, I think, I love the lack of clutter. A place for everything and everything in it’s place, ya know? If I’m being completely honest, I’d have to say that I don’t mind bold colors or wacky furniture as long as there isn’t any kind of clutter. So how do you marry the sleek and functional with your inner bohemian?

Start with a Blank Slate

Paint your walls white. Before you get upset with me, just hear me out. White walls allow you to see your space in it’s natural state. This is a perfect situation if you live in a rental. You can add color in the furniture and the accent pieces you choose without having to paint and then repaint.

Layer Colors

Think of those white walls as a blank canvas. The colors you choose will really pop and create visual interest without compromising the overall streamline look of Scandinavian design. Try maintaining a simple color palette to unify the space.

Use Texture

Chunky knits paired with soft fabrics and jute rugs are really the unifying elements of both Scandinavian design and Bohemian design. To get started experimenting with texture, try draping your furniture with an interesting throw. Don’t fear the sheepskin, that’s all I’m saying.

Personalize the Space

Remember that awesome wood carving you got from that roadside shop in the middle of nowhere? Or that thrift store score? That funky lamp that nobody likes but you. You can put those items on full display! Create a beautiful mantel or a well thought out occassional table. The key is to keep your bohemian items from looking cluttered. Try to keep these items within the same color family and overall theme of your space.

Images: ElleDecor MyDomaine

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