Easy ways to bring Scandi style into your home

A Scandi approach – quiet colours, clean, simple design and lots of texture – puts the spotlight on carefully chosen pieces

Who lives here?

Adam Bannister (teacher), Dawn Bannister (mental health manager and home-design Instagrammer As Eliza Slept), Ollie and Eliza.

Scandi style tips

  • Light is the most important factor in a Scandi-style home. If your home isn’t filled with lots of natural light, paint the walls white or light grey to give the illusion of airiness.
  • Keep your colour palette refined, incorporate wood to add warmth, and keep things uncluttered by using storage to organise. Remember: less is more.
  • Think quality not quantity when purchasing furniture. Keep things simple and practical. Despite its modest size, the School House feels light and airy due to its simple palette and Scandi leanings.

Get the look


Decorating Q&A with homeowner Dawn

Any DIY disasters? I started to paint out the wooden joinery but it took so long to prep and coat that I gave up and only did the playroom.

Best memory in your home so far? We’ve been here a year now and the summer holidays were one long cycle of running in the school playing fields and swimming in the pool.

What would you never do again? Clean a house prior to moving in. It’s definitely better to just pay a professional company to do it, if you can.

Best lesson learned? Store things you don’t need or have room for, and rotate them. It’s like shopping but with your own stuff!

Style tips? Shop with a plan in mind, save for the things you love as investment pieces, and find inspiration via social media.

1. Studio modular sofa in cement, $1799, from Freedom. 2. Wooden floor lamp, $55, from Kmart. 3. Coolest Kid Ever A4 print, $15 (unframed), from 4. Swan planter, $45, from Crave Home. 5. Round mirror, $25, from Kmart. 6. Cement gem, $17.50 large, from Crave Home. 7. Brass basket, $49.90, from Crave Home. 8. Geometric vase, $59, from Crave Home. 9. Rose Raschel blanket,$79.90, from Crave Home. 10. Tree wall stickers, $45, from 11. Dalmatian cushion, $49.90, from Crave Home. 12. Piccadilly console table, $449, from Freedom.

Words by: Annick Larkin. Photography by: Emma MacDonald.

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