It’s in their nature! – How Scandinavia’s affinity for the outdoors inspires their interior design.

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  • Ellen Ripa

Swedes love the outdoors, it’s a fact!  So much so that many have a second home purely for escaping in summer, something that the city dwellers of London could only dream of.  But lucky for us, Swedish interior design is devoted to bringing the ideal of a natural escape to any home.

Anyone can bring a plant pot in from the garden, but Swedish design prides itself on creating harmony between the outdoors and indoors. Natural light and airy, bright spaces form the base on which the outside elements can be brought in.

Plants and greenery are a perfect accompaniment to the popular white walls and floors of a Scandinavian residence. It may be obvious but green matches really, really well with white! Forming an accent colour, it’s another great reason for bringing nature inside. For us, the combination evokes a crisp, relaxing atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

Botanicals are not only present in their real form, but also represented in many prints and patterns in Scandinavian design. So if you’re not as green-fingered, you can still incorporate plenty of leaves, stems, and flowers all over your home in fabric form. We particularly love this print from, and this beautiful summery bed linen set from the ever-present IKEA.

Next to white walls, wood flooring is vital for any Scandi retreat. Adding another element from outdoors, wood floors reflect light and add warm tones to the environment. For those afraid of cold toes when winter comes, cosy up the flooring with a Swedish rag rug. See Skandihome’s website to be spoilt for choice!

So if you’re dreaming of transforming your space into a summer escape, do it the Swedish way; bring the outside in! Or if you want to experience a Swedish summer house for yourself this year, check out our next post!