“Scandi” style or “Scandinavian style”, we know it all too well now! Or… perhaps you don’t? Here are the basics: The design style originated in, yes you guessed it …Scandinavia which is comprised of three Northern European countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
The main design elements see a focus on clean, simple lines along with minimalism, and functionality. In Scandinavian design there is no clutter and most pieces although still beautiful, have specific functions. Scandinavian design is notorious for bright open airy spaces and ample light.
There’s also a deep connection to nature and the outdoors, which is why natural wood is often prevalent as well as live pot plants which feature as pops of green amongst the often stark black and white colour palette. The region is well known for its icy winters and so a warm and cosy atmosphere is achieved with the use of heavy chunky textured blankets and faux fur.
But what about “Scandi” in South Africa? I personally love the design elements but I prefer to rough it up a little. This is what I call Scandin-african! An easy way to Africanize the Scandi style is to add a little heavier wood texture, lots of native woven baskets and knits as well as perhaps a few more dark shades in textiles and paint. Source locally! South Africa has a multitude of incredible designers and artisans that add their own original spice to any design style, making truly unique and special features to your own curated space. Don’t be afraid to dip into the incredible melting pot of South African design and “Africanize” any form of style you gravitate to! That’s what makes South African style truly unique and transcendent!
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