Häxört, hygge, sisu, lagom – we just can’t get enough of Scandinavian trends, can we? Admittedly, one of those isn’t so much a trend as it is a duvet cover from Ikea, but you get the idea. Pair the funny-sounding syllables with the fact that Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are some of the happiest countries in the world and we’re sold – sold on their eating habits, work patterns, mindset towards dating, and even home décor.
Incidentally, we’re not the only ones who have a love of all things chic and minimal. Meet longtime friends Ayah Halawani and Nada Al Bahri, both of whom discovered their passion for home décor throughout their many years of travel. While one prefers her spaces more Scandinavian in feel, the other leans towards a warmer, almost-bohemian aesthetic. Combined together, their design sensibilities have led to the creation of Nook, a contemporary home-accessories brand that stocks accents from countries such as Denmark, Morocco, France, and Australia.
Here, the founders of Nook share six tips with Savoir Flair on how to add some Scandinavian flair to your home – with ease – along with a few key pieces to get you started.
Lighting – be it daylight or artificial – plays an important role in shaping up any space. Make sure that you allow enough light to enter through the windows or invest in a nice focal pendant lamp to become the center of attention and liven up your space.
Nook Molecular Light
AED800 / SAR817
Add some greenery. The Scandinavian aesthetic is replete with pops of color against a minimalistic backdrop, and plants and flowers are the best way to incorporate this as they work well to liven up a space. However, in choosing the type of plant to add, bear this in mind: the simpler the choice, the better. Exotic flowers, succulents, or even a mini tree are all good options.
Nook ‘Lost’ Vase
AED160 / SAR163
Details, Details, Details
The materials you use throughout your space will determine the atmosphere of the room, so combine cold and warm elements together. Mimic the Scandinavian concept of ‘hygge’ through soft fabrics and textured pieces that lend a cozy feel to minimal design. You can achieve this look, for example, by adding a Berber rug or tasseled cushion to an otherwise edgy and clean-cut space.
Nook ‘Details’ Cushion
AED315 / SAR322
Shelf the Matter
Avoid using pieces that take up floor space. For example, opt for using shelves instead of a bookcase. Style your shelves with special items and books that create an interesting spatial composition rather than lining them up in a row for a more Scandi feel.
Nook Marble Shelf
AED340 / SAR347
Who's the Fairest?
Use white walls as your canvas and stick to tonal colors for the accessories. Opt for using large art pieces and posters with bold colors on a white background as this will make the space seem bigger. Mirrors can also help in magnifying the room and creating the illusion of more space.
AED350 / SAR357
All in the Family
For the centerpiece of your dining or coffee table, shop for collections of matching smaller pieces. For example, you can have a vase or candle holder of a similar design repeated, or even bowls that come in different sizes, to effortlessly fill up the space without overcrowding it.
Nook ‘Hurricane’ Candle Holder
AED100 / SAR102