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Get The Look: Scandinavian bedroom

Sarah Nolen

Have you ever seen a ‘look’ on, say, ‘The Block’ and wished you knew how to recreate it in your own home? Well, now you can! Today I’m kicking off a new series which shows you how to ‘get the look’ with products you can easily find in Canberra.

To get the ball rolling I thought it only necessary that I start with one of my favourite design movements, that being Scandinavian design. Working with a Finnish designer in the past it was only a matter of time before the beauty of minimalist design rubbed off on me. Scandinavian design has been around since the 1950’s and though simplistic in its approach it seems to still evolve to stay on top as one of the most sought after looks in the interior world.

Take these bedroom photos for example. They are both VERY simple in the way they have been put together. Plain walls using colours like Dulux Lexicon and Calandre provide a blank canvas for the loose furniture that sit against them.





To be able to recreate a Scandinavian look it’s important to have a shopping list written out before you head to the shops. Minimalist design means keeping it to the bare essentials so to prevent over-buying and over-crowding have a direction that you want to head in so that you don’t veer off track.

To make it easier for you I’ve done the hard yards. I’ve put together a Scandinavian inspired bedroom suite selection. All of the products can be found right here in Canberra so there’s no excuses to say you couldn’t find the products to create the look. Let’s have a closer look at what my suggestions are.


1. Miro Cushion Cover from Country House in Manuka.

Now this is not just an ordinary cushion cover, in fact this is the only place in the country where you can purchase one. Exclusive to Country House the new Jules Pansu collection of Picasso designed pillows and tapestries- the only authorised company in Australia licenced by the Picasso Foundation. You can now own your own piece of Picasso in your home. *Cushion insert to be purchased separately.

Cost: $145

Designers tip: Select a highlight colour that will used throughout the space as a pop of colour. In this selection I have selected ‘yellow’ to be that colour.

2. Madras Round Rug from Freedom at the Canberra Outlet Centre. The perfect neutral piece to bring harmony to the setting. Its natural fibres create a raw element to an otherwise sleek lined look. This size is 2500mm diameter. Cost: $349

3. This is the major showpiece for the bedroom setting. The elegance in its shape is beautiful not to mention is soft pale blue colour, this would work perfectly with the above mention Dulux wall colours. Grace bed frame from Domayne. *Mattress and pillows to be purchased separately. Cost: $3199


4. After the great response to your love of the Jimmy Possum sideboard that was part of the styling competition I put together for the Canberra Outlet Centre it was a must to include a similar piece for this setting. I love the lines of this bedside table; it’s simple and pays respect to 1960’s design also. Portobello 1 drawer bedside table from Freedom at the Canberra Outlet Centre. Cost: $269

Designers tip: Notice that all of the items that use timber have a very similar Ash tone in the wood type. This is important to create continuity within the space. Another tone of timber that works perfectly with Scandinavian design is using blonde timbers (light yellows).

5. Lighting is a must in any room and I’ve given you two colour options, clear or yellow. This is a stunning bedside table lamp that has a simple design but is extremely eye catching. The transparent glass shows the globe inside, it’s that gorgeous that it’s art and function all at once. Vessel table lamp from Birdblack Design. Cost: $579

6. This beautifully designed wall clock has laser cut birds cut through the face of it. The ash timber marries flawlessly with the bedside tables. This size shown is 450mm in diameter. Honeybee Goods Flock wall clock from Shop HandmadeCost: $195

7. Here’s the key to a Scandinavian bedspread- keep it simple. Stick with single tones and minimal pattern. Let the yellow highlight accessories be the feature, the bedspread should not compete with the Grace bed frame but should complement it. Deco Living Boden Quilt Cover Set from Linen House. Cost: $139.95

8. Following on from our chosen highlight colour this gorgeous yellow throw has been chosen to bring the yellow onto the bed. It’s the final piece that brings the entire bedroom suite together. Yellow Ombre Throw from Bed Bath N’ Table. Cost: $59.95


 The total cost for the Scandinavian inspired bedroom suite is $4935.90

If there’s a particular design theme or style that you would like some help with then let us know at [email protected]

Sarah Nolen

Growing up in Canberra, interior designer with BIRDBLACK Design, Sarah enjoys nothing more than having people put their trust in her to transform their homes from drab cluttered boxes into beautiful masterpieces. She is a true believer in what you get is what you pay for. Constantly on the lookout for new trends and innovations she could never get bored with what she does. Find her at http://birdblackdesign.com.au More about the Author

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