Working from home is increasingly becoming the new normal for a lot of people.
So I wanted to share how my popular setup came to life. It’s all based around Scandinavian interior design. It’s the best way to maximize functionality of any space.
Scandinavian Interior Design Tips | Work From Home Edition
Scandinavian Interior Design is based off of three main principles. Minimalism, Functionality (intentionality), and Simplicity. These principles are easily applied to a home office setup, or the home decor of any DIY interior design. Scandinavian Interior Design allows for a peaceful and functional space that eliminates major distractions. By intentionally placing items in a room in a functional manner, the room is more cohesive and flows.
In this video, I break down my 5 tips on how to achieve a Scandinavian Interior that is unique. I explain how to break away from the traditional white walls and sterile looking interior. At the end of the day, you are the one that has to live in the space. Thus we shouldn’t feel compelled to fit into a mold just because it’s popular or trending.
TIP 01 | USE A COLOR PALLET INSTEAD OF A COLOR THEME
Color pallets give you more flexibility in the end instead of simply having a single color them. This easily allows you to work with different colors which adds diversity to the space. When it comes to choosing accent colors, look at a color wheel and choose the complementary color to maximize contrast. If you’re having a hard time picking a primary color, then lay a few pieces of your favorite clothing in the room and see what looks best. The colors you’re most comfortable with on your body will be comforting on your walls.
TIP 02 | CONSIDER YOUR ACCENT ELEMENTS
The accent elements in a room are woods, metals, and stones. When working with your color pallet, you’re going to want your accent elements to compliment your color pallet. For example, if you have a warm hue on your walls, you’d want cool accent elements. wood stained a cooler temperature, and stones and metals that have a blue undertone. In my space, I have oak trim through the room; thus, I opted for a cooler color for my walls to compliment the warm hues. My metallic elements compliment the wall paint with their gold color. Lastly, the stone floors are a neutral white to fit in seamlessly.
TIP 03 | BE INTENTIONAL
One of the three pillars Scandinavian interior design is based off of is functionality. Thus, everything you bring into the space should serve a purpose. When adding items to the room, think of creative ways to incorporate such items. For example, as a photographer and filmmaker, I have a lot of camera gear. Thus, I created shelves that served as a creative place to house these items.
TIP 04 | GET CREATIVE WITH LIGHTING
Lighting is paramount to any interior design, and Scandinavian interior design is no exception. If your room is too dark, then it wont be a productive area. How much lighting you’ll need is directly impacted by wall color, and the amount of natural light you have coming into the room. A creative way to add lighting is to turn objects into lights. For example, my desk has an LED strip on the back and two lamps. This area serves as a light when the sun goes down. This is a functional way to create indirect lighting.
TIP 05 |DON’T SACRIFICE WHAT YOU LOVE TO FIT INTO A LABEL
This tip is personal. There’s so many ways to do things in this world, and we shouldn’t sacrifice what we love to fit into a label. At the end of the day, you are the one that has to live in the room. Don’t let others tell you what does or doesn’t belong in your home: only you can decide that.