Home Renovation Blog
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Scandi Home Decor is fresh, simple, functional, at times whimsical and bang on-trend. There’s much to love about ultra-chic Scandinavian interior design trends.
Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t cost the world to achieve your very own Scandi mecca, with large budget-conscious conglomerates (such as IKEA and Kmart) embracing the look with gusto in their latest homeware collections.
If you’re looking to shake things up by embracing Scandi style in your home, here are our key steps to make sure your new Nordic look is on point.
To make the Scandi features of your new space sing, pare back your interior to the bare minimum. Remove any unnecessary and out of date furnishings, technology, books, ornaments and artwork. Make functionality your focus and ‘less is more’ your new décor mantra.
Once you’re done decluttering, freshen up your blank canvas with a coat of white paint on the walls, ceilings and skirtings. The white backdrop is the perfect launching off point to layer on eye catching textures and simple yet elegant furnishings typical of Scandi design.
When it comes to selecting rugs, pendant lights and furniture seek out designs with clean lines and geometric cues. Some of our favourite iconic designs include Hans Wegner chairs, Beni Ourain rugs, Risom chairs, Kubus candle holders and artichoke pendant lights.
The cool thing about Scandi style is that it can work for such a wide variety of budgets and tastes. Classic designer pieces paired with rustic reclaimed timber finds work seamlessly to create a clean yet rustic homely appeal.
From timber wall cladding, chevron flooring, dining tables, bowls, chairs, shelves and firewood piles, Scandinavian interiors champion timber in all shapes and forms. Timber features go a long way to bringing homeliness and warmth to largely white and streamlined Scandi influenced spaces.
Some lucky people may already have timber flooring, exposed beams and timber furniture, so they’re already halfway there to a Scandi haven. But if you don’t have any of these features don’t stress. You can easily add a few key timber furnishings into your room to up the cosiness and texture stakes, such as a bedhead, dining table, occasional chair, bench or coffee table.
Black and white artwork is another staple in Scandi decor. Fashion a gallery wall using a cluster of various types of black and white art, maps and photos, where the monochrome theme will stylishly tie the whole look together.
If you’re renting, lean your framed artworks along a wall, mantel or windowsill for that effortless and nonchalant Scandinavian feel. Plus, no damage is inflicted on your walls.
If the neutral colour palette of timber, black and white is feeling a tad uninteresting there’s no reason you can’t add some personality and play with colour in your décor. Peach, mint, dusty pink, soft blue and cool greys are all perfect pale shades for adding vibrant focal points but at the same time maintaining that relaxed pared-back Scandi atmosphere.
Scandinavians love adding nature-inspired elements into every room of the house. So, don’t shy away from leafy green house plants, leather-backed wooden chairs, jute rugs, stone tableware, linen cushions, knitted poufs and sheepskin rugs casually tossed over the couch or bed. The more textures and natural materials the merrier!
Of course, these are just a few ways to achieve a Scandinavian look at home. There aren’t any hard and fast rules. You may want to use all six steps or just pick and choose a couple of your favourites to refresh your space.
Larissa Gardner is a blogger, social media strategist and marketing coordinator at arguably Australia’s best looking, banner-ad free real estate website homely.com.au.
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila, North Perth 'We thoroughly enjoyed the building process'
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
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We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie, Mt Lawley 'Professional, highly skilled, approachable with exacting standards'
They are a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion.
This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
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“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben, Inglewood 'They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right'
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience. Amerex have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil, North Perth 'Our extension has the "wow" factor'
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine, Wembley 'It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team'
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel, Woodlands 'Steve has clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance'
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris, Mt Lawley 'We received exceptional customer service'
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
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