Scandi style has been embraced around the world as it is a style that is underpinned by good quality design and the premise that less is more. Simplicity is important with this style, with each piece in an interior being carefully curated to provide a look that is timeless. No wonder we love modern Scandi style here in Australia as it is contemporary but quirky too. It is a style that needs to be carefully thought through as it is preferable to have one decent chair rather than a selection. You should be prepared to save up for special items and add to the look as you go, rather than filling the home with cheaper alternatives that don't say Scandi style at all.
I was intrigued to see inside this modern Scandi conversion in Kew, Melbourne by architect Rebecca Naughtin. I have already ran a feature on how the exterior of this amazing home was constructed to pay homage to the original home but with a large modern extension at the rear. Using James Hardie cladding, the look is sleek and modern and belies the modesty of the original home. If you love Scandi style, you should read further.
Inside a Modern Scandi Conversion
Light and bright walls are a hallmark of Scandi interiors. With limited daylight at times during the year, Scandinavian homes are painted in white or soft pale grey tones to reflect and bounce the light around the interior. The use of large skylights in this design ensures that the home is bright and welcoming.
Furniture is carefully selected and joinery is well constructed with minimal embellishment. Mid century modern style is a hallmark of this look and therefore Scandi style homes will have a slight retro vibe. Be careful not to include heaps of retro items but the occasional beautiful piece fits well into this style.
Clean lines are important and this modern Scandi conversion demonstrates this perfectly.
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The original part of the home has been treated in a similar way but with a stunning corner fireplace which is a nod to the original home. The internal doors too are in keeping with the older style of the house. I believe this works really well as it helps to delineate the old from the new and shows how each are important in their own right.
The bathroom in the new section is similar in style but is less formal with a lighter and brigher feel.
In the bedroom the theme of clean simple lines is followed with pendants rather than bedside lamps and square set ceilings.
The beautiful cornice and leadlights remain in the original part of the house and while the room has a more classic feel, the good quality, clean lines of the joinery ensures that this is still a contemporary space.
Finally, the new modern Scandi exterior conversion. It is a nod to the original style with the gables but very much a home for the 21st century.
More information on the cladding products used here can be found from James Hardie.
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If you love Scandi style I have 5 key elements of Scandi Style for you to find out how to achieve it in your home. You should also take a tour of Nat Wheeler's home in Glen Iris.