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New Nordic Style – the interior trend for 2020

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Hello and a Happy New Year to you! 

Do you have decorating plans for your home this year?  Are you looking to update your home décor look? Want to achieve a Nordic vibe in your home but don’t know where to start? Read on and be inspired to add a bit of Scandi to your abode for 2020.

The phrase “Scandi style”, usually defined by its simple palette of white, black and grey, seems to be evolving into New Nordic Style for the start of this new and exciting decade.


The Colour Palette of New Nordic Style

Whilst maintaining the simple unfussy characteristics of scandi style, with its cosy and welcoming atmosphere, new Nordic style moves away from stark white and introduces warm earthy colours and off white hues.  Nature inspired colours are bringing calm, warmth and tranquillity to our homes.

Don’t believe me!  Pop over to the Dulux website to see their colour of the year for 2020 - Tranquil Dawn.  This gentle and versatile shade of green seems to work well with a number of soft sandy hues.  It also works well with darker accent colours if you fancy adding a pop of boldness to your scheme.

dulux colour of the year 2020 tranquil dawn

Image from Dulux

Farrow and Ball are also showing an appreciation for all the colours of nature by collaborating with the Natural History Museum in London to develop their 2020 paint colours.  I am already plotting on how to use Skimmed Milk white and Ash Grey in my own home.

The rise of these new soft and warming colour schemes make for simple and comfortable and homes whilst avoiding a stark and minimalist look. 


Choosing Texture

Understated and raw materials feature heavily in New Nordic style.  Think of artisan style and organic elements. 

Combine contrasting types of natural fabrics for an interesting and tactile look.  Use lightweight linens for the summer months and chunky knits  and furs for the colder seasons.  The usual dependable greys and creams work well with earthy terracotta’s, mossy greens and blush pink (sorry fella’s – it’s here to stay for a while) to create instant cosiness to your rooms. 

Pared back wood furniture and floors continue the Nordic nature theme.  Rustic textures can be added to walls and décor with the use of wooden slats, worn leather or enduring stoneware.  If you it makes you want to reach out and touch, it works in this scheme.

That Scandinavian feeling New Nordic Style

 Image from That Scandinavian Feeling

Even more greenery!

As if the message of nature didn’t need driving home anymore, the trend for 2020 is to add more of the botanical goodness. 

Not only are green plants good for purifying the air, they make your home feel homely and connected to our outside world.  Peace Lily plants are great for removing toxins in the air.  With their strong green leaves and elegant white flowers they make a wonderful statement whilst being a doddle to care for.

Greenery in New Nordic Style

However, there is a balance to be had here.  Overcrowd it on the green stuff and you’ll be welcomed by a dense forest every time you open your front door.  Keep it subtle.  Add a little on the table, on the walls or use a natural jute string macramé plant holder to hang a leafy specimen from the ceiling.


A final note!

The key to remember with Nordic style is that the ‘nature look’ will always be classic and you will never run out of inspiration.  From national trust gardens to your local park, it forever surrounds us.  Therefore, in the opinion of this humble blogger, embracing a few simple key pieces of nature in your home will give you style and comfort throughout the decade.

Happy decorating!


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