If you are getting tired of all the white and grey combination for Nordic or Scandinavian interior design, you will be happy to know that the Nordic palette is not limited to such hues. You can pull in other colors and create a more vibrant appeal for your home or office interior design.
Trusted painting contractors in the UAE and Qatar say different shades of teal, yellow, and red can bring richness to the often minimalistic or plain color scheme of Nordic-inspired interiors.
But, how exactly do you integrate these additional hues to a room without making it look too busy? Here are some of the best tips from interior designers and decorators.
1. Use one of the colors for a feature wall.
Bring more light and life to a room by creating a feature wall. This wall should be the standout in a profusion of white walls, which is what Scandinavian design is known for.
Teal is always a good idea if you want to maintain a calm and relaxed vibe to the room. Meanwhile, a bold yellow such as Fresco di Calce’s decorative concrete paint is a good idea for a wall in a sunroom. It looks cheery even in the dreary months. As for red, a deep brick red is perfect for a wall in the kitchen or dining area. It’s a warm color that can stimulate appetite.
2. Display paintings in these complementing hues.
There’s no easier way to introduce complementing colors to the basic Nordic palette than to display framed paintings featuring these hues.
If you find it difficult to find paintings that only have the three colors, make your own. Copy minimalistic graphic art (mostly shapes and scribbles) on loose canvas and use acrylic paints in various shades of teal, yellow, and red. Attach the painting to plain white construction paper, frame it, and display.
You can mount the painting on the wall, place it on the floor and just rest it against the wall, or set it on a shelf or console table.
3. Invest in small home decor items in these colors.
If you are not keen on a bright yellow couch, or painting fixtures in complementing colors, focus on the small implements instead. For instance, invest in teal, yellow, and red pillowcases. You can use as many of them as you want because they are not permanent details.
Also, you can purchase those small ceramic and glass bottles for decorative plants in such hues, as well as drapes for big windows and doors. And, do not forget about the rugs and carpets. These floor covers can really bring to attention the additional pigments in the room’s Nordic color scheme.
4. Color the lighting fixtures as well.
Another way to integrate complementing colors to a simple base palette is to invest in lighting fixtures that come in such shades. Pendant lights from local home depots or Ikea come in a vast range of hues to choose from. Therefore, it shouldn’t be too hard to create a cluster of lighting installations that go with the new color scheme.
For lampshades, there are dyed linen fabrics that you can replace the old shades with, or even card stock in such colors.
5. Paint the concrete floor.
If you are ready to commit to the expansion of the typical Nordic palette, why not paint the concrete floor with the bright added hues? Brick red is a classic option. Teal may seem a bit shocking, but it can bring instant sophistication to the interior, especially in an all-white room.
6. Integrate functional pieces that come in these hues.
For anything that you need to cover, such as a transformer box or circuit breaker, make sure that the cover-up, such as a wall-mount Bohemian weaving is done in these added colors to the Nordic palette.
So, those are just some of the easy ways to take a more colorful approach to the eternally classic and elegant Nordic-inspired interior design. All in all, the principles to remember are to:
- Use the colors in calculated profusion.
- Make the colors functional and intentional.
- Use the colors even in the smallest details, such as placemats, curtain holders, and tiny figurines on display. As small as these items are, they can have a significant impact on making everything look cohesive.
- Use different shades to bring richness to the expanded palette further. For example, jungle green and indigo are both close to teal so you can throw these shades into the mix and not worry about the palette looking “all over the place.” Meanwhile, gold looks like yellow. And red is similar to coral, orange, and even maroon or burgundy.
Clearly, you do not always need to stick to the soft, earth-tone, or pastel colors of the Nordic palette even if you want to maintain that minimalistic yet cozy vibe. Thoughtful integration can certainly do the trick.