Scandi style is all about simplicity. It’s minimalistic, pared back and clean. Nordic inspired interiors have an open airy feel and there’s nothing to jar the senses. Walls and floors, in muted shades, create a blank canvas to showcase your favourite art objects, furniture and cherished pieces. In essence, it’s a perfect combination of functionality and aesthetics, and the end result is understated elegance.
Much of the Scandi style inspiration is taken from nature and whichever type of engineered oak flooring you choose, it will play a big part, effectively setting the stage.
So, which style should you choose? Engineered oak flooring with a long wide plank format and a light, natural finish most reflects this style. In terms of colour tone, pale oak or lighter, bleached/white-washed finishes work really well and are very much staple Nordic choices. Even within this defined design brief, there’s still lots of choice.
Two of my Indigenous favourites are Boulevarde and Renaissance. Boulevarde is a rustic design that’s characterised by its filled knots. It has a pale white tone, with darker swirling grain patterns, so it creates a light, warm feel. If you’re looking to go lighter still, Renaissance is our palest engineered oak flooring design. The wood’s grain and knots are suppressed, creating a subtler, almost ethereal look, with a hint of rustic. Both wooden floors have a hardwax oil finish, which creates a lovely, tactile surface, and the individual boards have a discreet bevel along each edge, which adds definition between the planks.
If you want to add a rug, choose a natural material or a soft texture. In keeping with Scandinavian tradition, a “Trasmatta” or Swedish rag rug is a great partner to engineered wood flooring. Handwoven from strips of recycled cloth, Swedish rag rugs come in a spectrum of single shades, as well as stripes and colour mixes. They have a fabulous ‘shabby chic’ look and, as they can often be thrown in the washing machine, they’re ideal for the busy family home. Black and white mixes work really well against pale wood floors, and add a sense of drama. Or, if you’re looking for something more discreet, how about a pale grey, shell pink or light sage tone? The lovely thing about engineered oak flooring is that every shade will be its perfect partner!
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