What is Scandinavian Interior Design? And how do you add key elements to your home? Born of the punishing climates of Northern Europe with it’s long, harsh winters, the resulting holy grail of creating a cosy ‘Hygge’ space that is both utilitarian and beautiful has long since spread from Scandinavia. And it’s not going anywhere for the foreseeable future! Scandi style has arguably influenced interior design consistently since the mid-20th century, and the current yearning for sustainability has breathed new life into this trend.

Cosy, light enhancing minimalist spaces, heavy on texture, a muted colour palette, plenty of natural materials, a simple aesthetic...functionality meets form head on in Scandi interiors. Champions of this design love the Scandi interior for its simplicity and balance in what, let’s face it, can be a hectic modern world!

At Dotmaker we believe everyone can embrace some Scandi style into their interior - and here’s how! Join the Dotmaker dots below to find out how to achieve some shortcuts to Scandi style...

First things first with Scandinavian Interior Design!

Think ‘function + form’. Look for hard-working pieces, pieces that offer robust usability, with clean lines, honest craftsmanship and a degree of elegance. Forget manufactured items that offer no actual function, they have no place here! Instead, create decoration with natural materials - anything offered by nature is good.

Scandinavian style guide

Comfort is key!

Introduce simple, no-fuss texture at every opportunity - wood, stone, linens, velvet, animal hides, metals, etc. For Scandinavian Interior Design, keep your colour palette neutral - but that doesn't mean it has to be all white! You can sneak in a few bursts of colour with vibrant textiles and soft furnishings.

Scandinavian style guide

Keep it liveable, yet scale back on accessories. It might be time to de-clutter and get rid of what you don’t need. But source that storage, whether its cupboards, bookcases, sideboards, etc. to hold and hide your essentials whilst keeping them close to hand.

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What is Industrial Interior Design? Industrial inspired interiors emerged as a trend over 40 years ago, when property developers and home buyers began to seek old warehouses, abandoned mills and disused factories to convert into housing. Mass production of heavily manufactured materials made during the industrial revolution, such as steel, iron, and concrete, were evidenced in abundance in these structures, and were championed for their integrity.

What features of décor means you will fall under the Industrial influence? This style has a lot of exposed infrastructure, raw elements such as metals, concrete and wood, simple forms and stark contrasts. Industrial interior thrives on the simplicity of bare walls, floors and ceilings. There’s little fuss here; character is bestowed by clean lines, and the visible interior framework that with other styles is considered undesirable. Here, these features are celebrated rather than concealed, be it ceiling ducts, breeze block fabrications, or lighting/plumbing installations.

industrial style guide

Not many of us are lucky enough to live in an exposed industrial interior - but luckily the industrial interior vibe is achievable in any space, if you know how! Join the Dotmaker dots to find out how you can easily channel this look directly into your own home...

First things first for Industrial Interior Design

Look for simply-styled products that are fundamentally practical and unfussy. Consider construction materials - go for metals, woods, concrete. Think about investing in quality items that appear as if they have been re-purposed, for example ladder shelving, trestle tables or photography studio floor lamps.

Don’t fall into the trap of sacrificing comfort. After all, you don’t really want your kitchen seating to be cold metal stools. Look for raw elements in pieces but make sure chairs, sofas, beds, etc. incorporate fabric covered padding or leather toppers, and are ultimately comfortable to use. Just keep cushions minimal and accessories no-frill.

Industrial style guide

Neutral colours, sparing accessories

Keep your colour palette neutral and inspired by all things industrial, such as greys, beige's, the various hues of brick. Cement boards and exposed-wall / tin tiled papers are a cost effective way of changes the appearance of your walls and ceilings. Be sparing with accessories and artwork. Look to introduce contrast - add a splash of black here and there.

Industrial style guide

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The successful eclectic interior includes a combination of original styles, with innovative elements of new, classic and vintage, along with heaps of personality. Eclectic magic comes from the creation of cohesive chaos; the harmonising of disparate textures, style and colours that correlate to form a new direction. Eclectic looks amazing, but these interiors are lightyears away from the pages of any typical interiors catalogue or shop.

Eclecticism in design emerged as a genre in both the 19th and 20th centuries, when elements of previous styles were used together to create something new and original. Modern life sees us hanker after this ethos again; we want authenticity and the freedom to innovate in our homes in a personal way, unique to us.

First things first for Eclectic Decor...

Where to start with this style? Whilst you don’t need to be a professional to pull eclectic off in your interior, this territory can also be littered with potential pitfalls so beware - there’s more to it than simply mixing it all up! Eclectic may appear to be without care and curation, but don’t be fooled. Join the Dotmaker dots for how to get it spot on...

Unite and elevate!

Shop for individual objects in varied styles that will work with your existing stuff. Introduce functional pieces and soft furnishings - such as an offbeat side table or colourful accent rug - that will unite and elevate what you already have in your home. Try something different!

Spread it out, mix it up!

Resist the urge to buy the set. Or if you’ve bought the set, resist the urge to display pairs together or collections in their entirety. If you already own matching large-scale pieces, then mix them up by adding accessories. Personal objects are going to get you a long way in your eclectic interior, but considered editing is key, and rotating these seasonally or for variety will give your space the edge.

eclectic style guide

Find your focal point!

‘Match’ items for their different characteristics but ensure cohesion somewhere - use colour and texture for easy shortcuts. Remember the importance of a focal point; with so much going on it’s vital to enhance that one area, be it a fireplace, large scale piece of art or iconic furniture item. Use eye-catching pattern, colour, or an unusual item to attract attention and intensify focus.

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mid-century modern style guide

The Midcentury vibe in interiors originates from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, yet its simple lines, pure forms and iconic design make it an enduring classic with mass appeal. The timeless quality of this style is defined by open plan living, low slung furniture with organic curves, and the exploration of contrasts in materials, pattern v. plain, and natural and geometric forms.

Midcentury designers used a plethora of natural materials such as wood and marble, and offset these with relatively new, modern materials including plexiglass, lucite, vinyl, plywood and glass. These exciting new materials were championed in their own right for their inherent qualities and were never dressed up to look like something they were not. Advancements in technology introduced vast variety of fabrics to the masses, with patterns, and colours such as mustard, chartreuse and avocado emerging strong.

Admirers of mid-century style will be reassured to know that many mid-century design classics remain in production or have been revived due to recent demand, however bagging an original can prove very expensive! At Dotmaker, we want to help you achieve the look for less! So, join the Dotmaker dots to understand the distinguished features of mid-century interiors...

First things first for Mid-century Decor...

Go for mostly plain walls and furniture coverings, with injections of well thought out pattern and colour. To give it a bit more substance it would be good to mix it up a bit, whether that's with black and white, and/or geometrics.

mid-century modern style guide

Clean contrast

Think contrast but keep it clean! Clean and uncluttered is key, with minimal ornamentation - try to steer clear from areas looking too "busy". Introduce a juxtaposition of traditional and ‘modern’ materials.

You can always opt to play around with different shapes and forms - to do this you should be inspired by both organic and geometric structure/pattern.

mid-century modern style guide

Statement seating?

The simplicity and honesty of this mid-century modern style blends really well with furniture and design pieces from other eras. That being said, you needn’t feel too pressured to go all out with a complete restyle. Look for honest, individual pieces that you will utilise and that appeal to you. Statement seating or a sideboard could be a great starting point to build your midcentury-inspired interior around.

Even if you start there and incorporate the other simple points we've already mentioned - you will be well on your way to incorporating mid-century modern into your home!

mid-century modern style guide

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minimalist style guide

The minimalist design movement dates back to the early 20th century and remains strong today. The origins of minimalism however can be traced back centuries before in the Japanese foundations of Zen and simplicity, whereby anything that isn’t essential is not tolerated - minimalism really is more of a principle than a style. We have put together a simple style guide for the keen Minimalists.

Interior that is easy on the eye

In a nutshell, pared back, simple spaces, sophisticated furniture, lots of light, an open floor plan, neutral white base colours. Minimalist interiors are easy on the eye, and soothing on the soul. Beautiful and serene; to embrace this style less is most definitely more, and provides the perfect backdrop to an inviting interior that can be as luxe as you like!

Embracing this principle in your own home can do wonders for your sanity; it offers serenity and beauty through and through and works in harmony with a mindful lifestyle. That said, achieving this look successfully needs more thought than it may seem! Potential pitfalls can include ending up with a space that can feel sparse, cold or unlived-in. Join the Dotmaker dots to get a head start with minimalism...

First things first for Minimalist Interior

A key mantra to a Minimalist style guide is to live by ‘do more with less’, and simply ‘less is more’! Pare back on superfluous clutter and operate a strict ‘one in, one out’ approach to anything you introduce. Consider each item you bring into your home carefully; form is so important here! You will be repaid with a more considered and thoughtful interior.

minimalist style guide

Light, Space & Storage

The 'one in, one out' mentality doesn't mean get rid of all your belongings and sentimental items. A key factor to a Minimalist style guide is to invest in functional storage that also has beautiful form. Think reductive design, free from decoration or ornamentation. Your inner hoarder can still lurk within if it must!

Don’t panic if you don’t have loads of natural light. Think carefully about using warmer tones of white and off white colours particularly if you’re relying on artificial lighting, and introduce plenty of texture to stop your place feeling flat. Colour can be used - but choose solid pigments that are easy on the eye.

minimalist style guide

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Is it time to give your home a bit of a refresh? Are you sick of changing things only to discover the next new trend? Does it make you feel like you're behind all over again? Then you'll be glad to know, the easiest way to stay on trend this year is actually going “off-trend” with your decor.  We've got all the interior design inspiration you'll need to re-fresh your home in 2020....

Interior design trends 2020

Going off trend

Your home reflects who you are, and what you love - as it should! But you need to get your inspiration from somewhere, right? In the modern world, a high percentage of style influences come from Pinterest boards, aesthetically pleasing Instagram accounts, blogs, and magazines. With the market being so saturated its increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd.

Taking that into consideration, lets get to the point...

Staying on trend couldn't be made easier this year, regardless of where your interior inspiration comes from. Think of it as having a slightly laissez-faire attitude of anything goes! Because the biggest thing going into this new decade - believe it or not - is actually going "off trend". Take a look at this Bohemian inspired Pinterest board - you'll see pretty quickly that there's a vast difference in style in almost every pin. Take a Bohemian flavour and mix it up with any style you like to create your own individual look.

Most importantly, the key thing to remember is to be authentic and true to yourself! As long as decorating your home is making you happy - you're already winning! So go ahead and buy that 12th house plant because the leaves were a slightly different shade of green! Turn your home into the Amazonian rain forest if you want. You do you!  And you know what? This year, that's exactly what is going to keep you "on trend".

Although being off trend with your decor is now the "in thing", it doesn't mean you will be lacking in style. Essentially, the number one take home for creating content and inspiring others with your style in 2020 is, TO TELL YOUR STORY. I'm sure you've seen countless examples of homes that are just bursting with personality, regardless of whether the home-owners style is to your own taste or not. A perfect example of telling your story through your home decor, actually comes from one of our Dotmaker Influencers. Pixie sent across some AMAZING images and it’s impossible to deny how clearly you get a feel for Pixie's story/personality. So clearly maximalist, eclectic, bold and obviously filled with vintage inspiration.

Interior design inspiration from @eclecticfoxhome

Dotmaker has something for everyone, no matter who you are or what you love. On that note we want to sign off with a little mantra to take with you through this new decade, ensuring “you do you” in the most fabulous way….


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