Inspire | 1 February 2022

Scandi Style Steps Up: Meet the New Nordic Look

by Carlisle Homes

Here’s what you’ll need to recreate the Nordic look in your own home.

Scandinavian style, with its focus on clean lines and simplicity, translates beautifully to Australian homes. But trend watchers may have noticed that it has recently moved in an exciting new direction. While all the fundamentals of Nordic style are still there; light, space, an aesthetic grounded in nature, the new iteration is all about cosy sophistication, gentle earthy tones, curved furniture, and layers of sumptuous texture.

We love it and know you will too – come and see the New Nordic look for yourself at Scarborough Grand 40, our beautifully decorated new display home at Smiths Lane Estate.

In the meantime, here’s what you’ll need to recreate the look in your own home.

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The exciting new iteration on the Nordic look is all about cosy sophistication, gentle earthy tones, curved texture, and layers of sumptuous texture. Featured here: Scarborough Grand, Smiths Lane Estate, Clyde North.

Soft, earthy neutrals

Start by giving rooms a light-enhancing base with warm white across the walls and ceilings. Then, choose two or three muted earth-drawn neutrals, such as soft grey, pumice, beige or eucalypt green, and layer them in different tones across key elements in the room, such as sofas, armchairs, upholstered dining chairs, curtains, and bedlinen. Together, they will create a look that’s softly nuanced and cocooning. For a guide to the perfect neutral palette, discover Dulux’s new Restore trend here.

Maintain an open, airy and classically Scandinavian feel by adding in open shelving units or room dividers in white or off-white where you can display your collectibles.

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Create a classic Scandinavian look. Credits: 1. Cora Vase, Linen House 2. Axo Light, Mondoluce 3. Terra Pill.

Pops of deeper colour

Introduce moments of darker colour through artwork, cushions, and patterned wallpaper to balance out the gentle, earthy palette – think rich rust, indigo or terracotta. This is also a clever way to draw the eye to features you want to highlight in a room, such as a great armchair or a study nook.

Warm timber

Timber still stars in the new Nordic look. But rather than the pale, lime-washed timbers we’ve seen previously, the latest look favours warm oak. Use it everywhere from flooring, kitchen cabinetry and bathroom vanities to key furniture pieces such as the dining table and living-room sideboard or built-in joinery for a look that feels connected to nature.

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Adding natural warm oak timber to your interior through flooring, furniture, and cabinetry creates an environment that feels connected to nature. Featured here: Scarborough Grand, Smiths Lane Estate, Clyde North.

Cosy factor

This fresh spin on classic Scandi puts a premium on comfort. Seek out upholstered dining chairs and bar stools and cosy sofas you can sink into. Soften wooden or tiled floors with rugs in different shapes and textures – particularly in those areas where you wish to relax, such as the living room, family room and bedrooms.

Texture galore

Texture is the fast-track to adding depth and cosiness to a room. For this Scandi-inspired look, mix a variety of different textures, such as matt-finish stone benchtops to the kitchen, organic, textured tiles to bathrooms, and fabrics with a textural weave in soft furnishings, such as linen curtains.  

Unexpected textural mixes will elevate your scheme to the next level; for example, you might combine ribbed wall panelling with woven fabric wallpaper across a single wall in your main bedroom.

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Having plenty of textures, and curved furniture creates inviting and cosy spaces in your home. Featured here: Scarborough Grand, Smiths Lane Estate, Clyde North.


The trend for furniture with curvy, rounded lines shows little sign of slowing down, and with its gentle feel it works a treat in the new Nordic look. Consider a curvy, swivel armchair and a trio of rounded coffee tables in the living room, a generous, round ottoman in the dressing room where you can take a breather while you’re choosing your outfit for the day, and outdoor furniture with soft, rounded lines that softens your alfresco area.

Black accents

Introducing a few pops of matt black instantly adds a contemporary edge to a gentle, Scandi-inspired scheme. The key is not to overdo it – one or two touches in a room is more than sufficient. You might, for example, consider a black mixer tap in the kitchen, black handles for your bathroom joinery, or a slender black-steel staircase balustrade in your entry.

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Black accents are a great way to add a contemporary edge to your interior and including layered feature lighting is key to creating the Nordic look. Featured here: Scarborough Grand, Smiths Lane Estate, Clyde North.

Feature lighting

The Scandinavians have mastered the art of layering lighting to create a scheme that feels both cosy and natural. To recreate the effect in your own home, combine lighting at different levels, such as floor lamps, table lamps, wall lights and pendants. Install lighting on individual dimmer switches so you can adjust illumination levels to suit the mood – brighter during busy family mealtimes and lower and moodier when you’re relaxing or entertaining.

Abstract artworks

Complete the look with simple, abstract prints in tones drawn from your main palette – think rust, sage, terracotta and grey – in simple timber or white frames. Make a statement with a single oversized print or a group of prints in different sizes, but the same frames, above the sofa or bed.

And don’t limit art to living areas and bedrooms; use it to breathe life into the more practical parts of your home too, such as the kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms.

And just like that, hygge steps up!

Learn more about how to choose the perfect artwork for your home here.

Come along and see the New Nordic look in our brand-new display home – Scarborough Grand 40 at Smiths Lane Estate – when we re-open on 8 January 2022. Get more information here.

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