October is here, and as autumn creeps up on us, it’s tempting to shut the curtains, give in to the lower light levels and wait for the looming cold snap. It’s at this time of year that we can really benefit from a few tips to keep our homes inviting and cosy. There are few countries that know this better than the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Sweden and Norway! Long winters, short daylight hours and freezing temperatures mean they’re veterans in dressing cool – without being too cold, of course. Here are some top tips from Scandinavia for keeping your home toasty and inviting this autumn!
1: Warm up those cold floors! We all love a traditional Scandi wooden floor, and in the summer they are a welcoming cool touch underfoot. But as it gets colder, we need a little warming up! Cosy up the colder areas with rugs and runners. Be bold with pattern and texture, while keeping the colour palette simple. Visit Skandihome for a selection of hand-picked rugs that will warm up your toes this autumn! We love the zig-zag patterned ‘Pontus’ runner.
2: Let in the available light, don’t hide it away! Scandinavians are known for their all-white interiors and while it could appear excessive; it’s not without reason! Scandinavian countries have very dark winters with low light levels and short daylight hours. Those white walls reflect every ounce of light possible. So don’t give in to the darker days – keep curtains light, windowsills open, and bring the light in!
3: Just because it’s getting colder, it doesn’t mean that you have to forgo your interior plants. Some floral bunches will be out of season, but keeping any organic matter can uplift the space and make for a comforting atmosphere. Try a woodsy effect with twigs, or choose from plenty of plants that will thrive in autumn. This post from Alternative Gardening has 10 plants that actually clean the air in your home. Handy for when the chill keeps your windows closed!
4: Fireplaces are always a centrepiece in Nordic and Scandi homes. However, not all of us are lucky enough to have access to a roaring hearth; but there are alternatives! Candles are a welcome substitute. They add a lovely scent but also create a warmer aesthetic by adding a flickering golden hue to the surroundings. We discovered these beautifully packaged, and no doubt beautifully scented candles from Skandinavisk to bring us Hygge (that indescribable warm fuzzy feeling) in the colder months!