How can I combine an eclectic style and a Scandinavian style in a living room?
Firstly, we need to identify the basic characteristics of these two different design styles. Starting with the eclectic style, that is a mixture of modern elements and traditional elements. This was inspired by the idea of having a love of two separate styles. Scandinavian styled living rooms are more focused on being modern and as simple as possible in terms of decoration. The entire colour scheme as well as the fabrics used are very different, but designers have found a way to best combine the two.
So in order to combine the two styles, you would need to know which section of the living room to design as eclectic and which part of the living room to design as Scandinavian. So, the best way to plan it out would be to decide that the furniture will be eclectic and the colour scheme and the artwork will be Scandinavian. This kind of planning can help in making sure that the living room stays balanced and does not seem to be more eclectic than Scandinavian or vice versa.
What could I decorate the walls with in my Scandinavian living room with?
We all want well decorated living rooms that do not have common or tacky ornaments lying around. So what kind of elegant decorative pieces are commonly found in a Scandinavian living room? Well becoming more popular in the industry of interior design, are floating shelves. This may not seem like much of a decoration to such a modern living room, but on the contrary, they are indeed.
They are extremely versatile and can create a great platform for an entertainment unit where you can place your television and other appliances. Another use for them could be to place an array of ornaments and basically create a display wall. Picture frames, statues, potted plants and decorative bowls are some of the most popular too. Hand painted artwork directly painted onto a wall is also a great, creative way to draw attention to a bland or single toned wall.
These hand painted walls are usually elaborately styled, like a flock of birds flying across the wall or images of a floral arrangement painted across the wall. Another option to help decorate a Scandinavian living room, would be mirrors. This is a very upscale, modern form of decoration as it requires a lot of space to be fully effective. Preferably, the living room would need high ceilings to place as many mirrors as possible. This mirror decoration can as large as possible or can be in any shape such as circles, hearts, flowers or even mosaiced into any shape desired.
What kind of furniture should I put in my Scandinavian living room?
Some classic furniture choices for a Scandinavian living room are large couches that maintain a symmetrical shape like a rectangle or a square. The main pieces of furniture in any room are the couches, armchairs, and the centre coffee table. In order to focus on the Scandinavian theme throughout the living room, the textures of the fabrics, the colours of the largest pieces in the room need to coincide and accompany one another.
Therefore, you could make sure that the white, the beige and the darker browns or blacks have remained constant and are not overpowering one another. Most commonly used materials in a Scandinavian setting are wood and leather in the furniture. These are luxurious materials when combined together in design styles, yet they are not over bearing when used in combination.
When deciding on furniture, style and look is important, but not as important as comfort and functionality. There are now many more durable, functional and stylish pieces of furniture that have timeless style and can be used in many different style situations, that are also applicable in the Scandinavian design. For example, a couch can be transformed into a daybed or a reclining leather chair that adds comfort but keeps to the style of rest of the living room.
What are some of the ways I can dress my windows?
Many options arise when thinking about what to dress a set of windows with. One option would be the classic stylish curtain. In terms of a Scandinavian living room, curtains would add an elegant layering effect to a modern, simple room. Although very traditional, curtains can be designed to be very modern and tasteful depending on how the fabric is cut, what material is used, how long they will be and how they will be drawn once they are installed.
A second choice could be blinds. Now blinds have several variations from their humble beginnings as plain wooden ones. Now there are wooden blinds, material blinds, total blackout blinds and even metal blinds. Each material is usually specific to a certain room. For instance, blackout blinds provide total darkness for very sunny regions, and would therefore be perfect in a bedroom. Metal blinds provide the illusion of cleanliness and add a modern touch, and will obviously be perfect for a bathroom or a kitchen. In a Scandinavian living room, a material roller blind would work wonderfully for the windows, providing another element of ease and individuality.