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A rattan armchair, metal lamp, glass coffee table and lounge with cushions.
Put a modern twist on the lean lines, soft tones and intriguing textures of Scandinavian interiors.

New-look Nordic

Nothing says ‘understated cool' quite like Scandinavian interior design, so it's no surprise that this trend has such enduring appeal. Our climates might be poles apart, but the celebration of light that is integral to Scandi style works superbly in Australian homes too.

White walls create a blank canvas on which to subtly layer tones and textures, with timber and a restrained palette of pale hues playing starring roles. Add elements of hygge, the Danish concept of comfy conviviality, with sheepskin, furs and oversized knits, but curate your choices carefully. Getting Scandi right means strictly no clutter, and furniture with clean lines that encourages a feeling of airiness and space. Luxe metallic touches update the look.

Incorporate wood to warm your space

Rich timber tones introduce an inviting element of warmth into predominantly white spaces. 

Hallway area in scandi design.

Mix and match different textures

Combine wicker, weave and knits in neutral hues to create visual interest in any room. Here we've styled a wicker chair with a creamy weaved rug and soft throws to complete the look.

Introduce metallic elements – such as chrome or gold – to bring a contemporary edge to traditional Scandinavian style.

Chair with rug thrown over it.

Think like the minimalists

Maintain minimalist calm and keep surfaces uncluttered to showcase carefully chosen items. For example, if you have a shelf you want to show off, only place a couple of items on there with similar tones and only showcase one or two pieces.

Wooden staircase and timber floorboards.

And for the outdoors

Simple shapes given a modern edge with tones of charcoal offer an update to the usual Scandi palette.

Outdoor entertaining area.

Haven't got a table to match the space? Paint it!

What you need


Step 1: Lightly sand your table

Lightly sand the table all over with 180-grit abrasive paper and wipe away dust with a damp cloth.

Step 2: Prime and paint

Apply a three-in-one primer sealer undercoat using a mini roller, then finish with two coats of paint, leaving to dry between coats.

Is your home ready for a Scandi style makeover?

If you place is needing a makeover and you're inspired by this article, head into your local Bunnings store to get your project underway!

Photo credit: Cath Muscat


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.