How to create a modern Scandi look

Put a modern twist on the lean lines, soft tones and intriguing textures of Scandinavian interiors.

Bunnings magazine, September 2019

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.

Soft colour. Like this D.I.Y. cabinet below? Check out our article on how to make one of your own. 

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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.

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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.


And for the outdoors…

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

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

What you need:

Safety equipment 

Timber side table 

180-grit abrasive paper with a sanding block

Clean cloth

• 3-in-1 primer sealer undercoat

• Mini roller and tray  

• Interior low sheen paint (we used Taubmans Frost Fangs)



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.

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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

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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