Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Catalonia Meets Scandinavia

During a recent visit to Barcelona, a very good friend and I embarked on a walking (or strolling rather) tour of the city-- complete with mandatory coffee and sangria stops. I nipped inside the cafe on one said stop to use the lavatory, and was struck by the beautifully pulled together nordic style interior.

What I initially thought was a hole in the wall cafe with amazing coffee, was in fact an Argentine steakhouse, designed with a nod to Scandinavia.

Upon entering the foyer, a rustic chandelier made of antlers hung from white ceiling beams greeted me, and displayed on the bright white walls were photographs taken in Buenos Aires.

The dining area, with its cafe styled seating, featured black metal pendants and white wooden bistro chairs anchored by pale blond wood floors.

I have always admired the crisp clean palettes and stylish simplicity of Scandinavian interiors, and the restaurant really inspired me to have a have a closer look. The compiled images below really lit my proverbial fire! 

Images | Nordic Design 

Some key aspects to consider when pursuing this look:

Lighten Up | As our northern friends suffer from long dark winters, white washed or
pale wood flooring and white walls are common. Ample lighting is also important. Combine lamps, pendants, and wall sconces with overhead lighting for a layered effect.

+ Show A Little Leg | In addition to fully upholstered furniture, use pieces with exposed legs / bases to maintain a light airy feel.

+ Minimal coverage | Keep window treatments simple. If you dare-- go bare. If not, a simple roller shade is sufficient for privacy.

+ Think Texture | To preserve visual interest, mix it up. Think chenille blankets, wicker baskets, linen cushions and a cowhide rug.

+ Touch of Drama | The use of black in small doses goes long way to help balance out neutral colours.

1. Bronze Wall Sconce, Crate & Barrel $135. Ribba Frames, Ikea £7.29 - £21. Footstool / Bench, Made.com £149. 
2. Dwell Studio Fabric Cushion Cover, Etsy $52. "Paris" Cushion Cover, H&M Home £12.99. Striped Cushion Cover, French Connection Home £35.
3. Wishbone Chair Replica, Milan Direct £129. Docksta Dining Table, Ikea £125. Cowhide Rug, Ikea £189. Rise and Fall Pendant Lamp, John Lewis £115
4. Black Floor Lamp, Ikea £52.99. Stainless Steel Candlesticks, John Lewis £36-£60. Sideboard, John Lewis £750. Glass Table Lamp, West Elm $69. Round Wall Mirror, Ikea £15

1 comment:

  1. I think you were Nordic in a prior life.....lol......great article (as always)


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