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How to achieve the Scandinavian Style in the bedroom

The classic Scandinavian style is ideal for bedrooms. The pale schemes and non-cluttered approach creates a relaxing space, free from distractions, all of which help to create an environment perfect for a good night’s sleep. But how can you emulate the Scandinavian design and style? As it’s World Sleep Day tomorrow, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show you how…

The Colour White

Simplicity is key in a Scandinavian inspired theme in any room and so, invest in a good quality white paint – and plenty of it. Paint the walls and ceiling white. If your skirting boards are painted, these need to be white too. If they are exposed wood, leave them in their natural state.

The warmth in an all-white bedroom is provided by the wood of Scandinavian style furniture, the wooden floors and other small, but key details.

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Key Details

To maximise the Scandinavian style, you need to focus on the key influential details of the scheme: wood, white and black. White walls and ceiling, wooden furniture and dash of monochrome is the basis of any Scandinavian design.

Brilliant White

Not all emulsion and gloss paints are created equal, something which you will find when you create a Scandinavian themed room. Choose the best quality paint, from a reputable manufacturer.

You may not think that painting a room completely white is a bold move but, the secret to the style is to be as bold and bright with as brilliant a white paint as you possibly can.

White Not Your Thing? Try Grey

For some, the sheer brilliance of white washed walls and ceiling is too much. The lack of colour is something many of us are not used to and as such, you may need a dash of colour.

If you are not ready for the complete white look, then choose a pale grey. Soft grey walls without drama are perfect within a Scandinavian designed bedroom.

Clean Lines of Scandinavian Bedroom Furniture

Scandinavian designers were a big influence on mid-century interiors and furniture styles across the globe. Hence, it may be possible to find period pieces that fit right into the design scheme.

For example, wire basket chairs are the perfect example, or the stripped back look on period bedroom pieces. If you prefer modern Scandinavian bedroom furniture, there are many key bedroom pieces to choose from.

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Be Tidy

Not a lecture from your folks about keeping your room tidy but it must be said that the Scandinavian style is minimal in clutter. And that means learning to live in the space in a way that is tidier that what you normally may have been, up to now at least! That means in how you arrange things too. If clothing is on show, for example, cut the clutter by placing same-coloured items together. Order your things so that they flow and fit together.

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Accent with Black

Every space and interior design style needs an accent colour. And for the Scandinavian style, that colour is black. Use it well and it will finish the Scandinavian look to your bedroom perfectly.

Shop Scandinavian Oak Beds and choose your favourite bedside table to got with it. Or just add a little bit of Scandinavian style in your bedroom by adding an oak floor mirror.

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How to implement these 5 interior design styles in your home

If you are looking for inspiration to create new look for your home, but aren’t sure about which style to adopt, then you need to know about these fantastic interior design styles and ideas. Here, we bring you a few tips on how to bring these popular trends into your home.

Industrial Look

The turn-of-the-century industrial era emphasised the liberal use of steel and distressed wooden furniture, along with exposed brick walls.

This is achievable in rooms and space across your home, including distressed-wood modern beds. Create a rugged effect but soften with softly draping, but clean-lined window dressings, along with rugs and cushions.

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Find out more about the Industrial Style here.

Nautical

Nautical décor is a relaxing one, with warmth and an air of positivity to it, just like a day at the sea-side. The spirit of the sea is captured in many ways, and is the perfect style for capturing the urban modern style.

Think linear patterns, think blues and creams and think nautical patterns, from birds to anchors. Reclaimed wood is also welcomed in this style and with this modern dining table set, you can welcome the sea scape into your home, throughout the space.

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Scandinavian Style

There is something delightful about the clean, minimalist lines of the Scandinavian style, but without lacking the warmth and texture that so many of us look for. Scandinavian pieces that fit perfectly within this style are balance engineered with organic materials, have a playful accent on colour and think smooth, rounded edges, rather than hard, angular lines.

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Farmhouse

And finally, the farmhouse style is a welcome trend in the urban modern style that so many of us covet. There is a warmth in its familiarity and is a style that is simple to replicate, easy to live with. It is truly practical and versatile.

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Again, distressed wood furniture is the backbone of the style, as it is furniture that is simple to incorporate into the scheme. Think pastel colours with neutral tones on both walls and floors. Be romantic in your outlook, including accessories that are not overly fussy. And stick with natural materials as much as you can.

Mid-20th Century Modern

The mid-1900s provided some of the most iconic furniture design. New technologies gave rise to moulded plastics, plywood and aluminium furniture all perfect for the refined lines, minimalist silhouettes and natural shapes popular in the period.

To keep your home looking fresh, mix in modern-day designs and pieces, such as bright coloured modern rugs.

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In the end is about adding your own creative tastes and takes on styles of yesteryear - like plucking the best bits, and bolstering it with modern day textiles and furnishings to create a space that’s all your own.

Relax and read about stars on Galileo Galilei’s birthday

As Galileo Galilei’s birthday passes, we are able to reflect on the amazing discoveries he made. As an astronomer, physics, engineer, philosopher and mathematician, he led a scientific revolution in the 17th Century. Galileo was known for his superior mind. He revealed amazing astronomical discoveries that has led to significant scientific breakthroughs today and he has inspired many with his work. A celebrated author, he has also had many books written about him and his work over the past 400 years. Do you have any? If not, it may be a good way to celebrate his birthday by reading some of his great works?

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Display Your Book Treasures

If you’re someone who owns many books – or is looking to add to their collection with some of the great scientific works of our time, like Galileo, then you may be faced with the struggle of finding a great way to keep them all on display where it is not only easy to see them all, but to have access to them too. No matter how you do it, you need a bookcase that not only contains but shows off your treasured books – especially if you want to show your intellect with some of the greatest classics, and non-fiction texts adorning your shelves.

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The bookcases available in high street stores are usually plain, simple and more than a little bland.  Overall, they don’t add any real appeal to a room.  If you want a great piece that will look amazing in your living room, then why not try a bookcase similar to this open shelf design. The simple, yet elegant design means it can easily be added to any room. It will look great with pretty much anything on it.

For a slightly more unique design why not try a shorter but wider shelving unit with added drawers and cupboard. Made from reclaimed wood it really is a beautiful piece. It is sturdy enough to display books, art or anything else for that matter. It adds character to a room too, especially when you pair it with a vase of flowers to give an effortless shabby chic style.

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Finding smart ideas to maximize space in the bedroom is pretty much what everyone is looking for. With this ladder bookcase you can effortlessly display all the books you have. As a tall unit, it doesn’t take up much floor space; it is also thin meaning it doesn’t feel bulky or large.

Getting More Form Your Bookcase

Whatever it is you love to read, why not add a contemporary look to your bookshelf by breaking up the rows of books by including plants to soften corners. Or, for a real quirky and unique statement, add a vintage bicycle into your living room next to the bookcase.

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Lighting is also a great way to pinpoint key features in your room and really make them stand out. For a quick, easy solution, use plain fairy lights with a soft glow or, for a longer-term solution, use backlights to make your bookcase glow. LED strip lights can be added to shelves to help them stand out too.

And don’t forget picture frames, small pot plants and little ornaments can bring your display unit and bookcase to life, as well as clustering your books together to create a display that is not chaotic to the eye.

Whether its Galileo or Goethe you prefer to read, or perhaps something a little more modern, there’s no reason not to show off your books and make them a design feature in themselves!