Get inspiration to help you turn your backyard into your very own scandi garden.
Scandinavian countries such as Denmark, Norway and Sweden have a cold climate which is not ideal weather for spending time outdoors. This brought about the beginning of Scandinavian garden and patio design, also known as scandi garden. The main feature of this design is to be able to comfortably sit outside in the cold and enjoy your time. The space is designed in such a way that you can make the most of your outdoor area, whether it be for alone time or for gatherings with friends and family.
While the idea of the scandi garden originated in a colder climate, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the same effect in warmer weather. Here are a few ways that you can create your own scandi garden or include a few inspiration pieces into your own living space.
Inspiration ideas for your scandi garden
1. Use nature's colour palette
Trust the earthy tones from nature's colour palette and use them in your scandi garden. There are no bright colours in a Scandinavian design palette. Instead, there is a focus on white, green and different shades of brown. This will really optimise your scandi space as the colours are not loud and are actually very calming.
2. Take advantage of natural light
While a Scandinavian space incorporates lighting fixtures, there is a large focus on using natural light. A scandi garden should include lots of white to allow the light to bounce around and create a bright space. Focusing on the natural light can also help you plant accordingly, as you begin to realise what sections of your outdoor space receive the most natural light.
3. Move the rooms outside
Creating an outdoor space means you should be living outside as much as you can. Transform your indoor rooms into outside spaces. This could mean your kitchen, your bathroom or your dining room. The idea is to not literally put everything outside, but rather take a few elements and let them flourish among nature. This can be a sink, an outdoor bathtub or a few kitchen shelves and accessories.
4. Don't step on the grass
That's right. You don't typically use grass in a scandi garden, and if you do, it's only for small areas. The Scandinavian style allows for creativity by using different flooring options. The most popular choices are either different sized rocks or a wooden deck in light colour washes.
5. You can accessorise
It's time to think outside of the box with your chosen accessories. A Scandinavian space calls for lighting fixtures, hanging decorations and, of course, textured blankets. The principle of a scandi garden is to spend time outdoors when the weather is cooler so blankets are a must. Even if you don't use them, they are a great way to add elements to your space.
6. Enjoy the wilder side
A scandi space is not complete without a few plants. Plants are the essence of Scandinavian design as they help to bring life to the space and provide an overall relaxing experience. There are many options available. You can plant trees, use pot plants or create feature plant walls or ceilings. Experiment with different sizes and styles to elevate the Scandinavian space.
7. Flow with your surrounding space
Scandi garden design is all about allowing nature to flow, which means working with your surroundings. You should focus on the direction of natural light, the direction the sun rises and the existing plants or trees in your area. Don't try to fight against your surroundings, but rather, work with them to create an easy Scandinavian living space.
8. Create a sunroom
What's the perfect addition to your scandi living space? A sunroom, of course. It includes all the elements of scandi design. It utilises natural light so that your plants can thrive, the space is white and bright, and there is an overall calming vibe. It's the perfect space for your plants, but also works as the ideal room to unwind and relax.
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Build Your Own - Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Sectional Components - Honey
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GARDEON Leonie Outdoor Hammock Hanging Chair
Wood + Rope Lanterns
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