The Scandi Home

by | Oct 28, 2019

The Scandi Home

 

In the third of three parts, Nete Vester explains how to adapt your

Scandinavian style home to life with kids

 

Welcome to third and final part of our great series on how to achieve the Scandi look. We’ve looked at kids’ rooms and nurseries, now we’ll finish with Nete Vester, of Moberry interiors, taking us through the key elements we need to consider when trying to adapt our homes to life with children, whilst still achieving this natural and stylish feel throughout your home.

Having children changes everything, including the requirements to your home. It is possible to have a beautiful home which accommodates all ages and is not overtaken with children’s things and toys.

Having helped families adapting their home to life with children for a while now, I see some common challenges and opportunities that people are facing and overseeing. There are more areas to be described: as with everything, one size does not fit all.

Safety Always

Safety comes first. As little ones grow, new security items have to be installed and removed. Just because all glass, candles and other sensitive items have to be placed out of reach of the little hands, you don’t have to store them away for 5 years. Think about higher spaces like shelves or fireplaces where your beautiful and personal items can be displayed. Safety items come in many variations and they don’t have to be extremely eye catching. For example look into see-through table corner guards.

Well balanced play area in living room by Modsy

Colour and Paint

What colours make you happy in your home? Look for inspiration in your current furniture and your wardrobe because this helps you to see what shades and colours you like. Whatever colour scheme you had before having children, carry it through the house. Think about this when buying furniture for the children. Paint is very helpful here: a wooden stool or storage box can easily be upcycled with some paint of your choice.
I love the simplicity of white walls, but they can be a challenge in busy areas of a house, where the paint can quickly become very greasy and dirty. Simply use a darker paint on the bottom of the wall and a brighter colour above and you will protect the walls from a lot of wear and tear.

 

Two-part wall hiding marks by hitta-hem

Avoid Clutter, Keep it Simple

As a Scandinavian, anti-clutter is a way of life. I suggest that you keep your life simple; try to limit the amount of furniture, clothes or papers you have in your home. Babies and children do require additional equipment, but I often see people overdoing it. If you are moving additional furniture into your living room and/or kitchen, for example, be aware the space can become cramped. If possible, move pieces around, or remove something to keep the space airy.

Children do use a lot of clothes, but they don’t need 20 t-shirts. The same goes for toys. Research shows that too many options make children confused, so avoid overdoing it by not constantly buying new things, rotating what you have and donating what you don’t use. In a world of overconsumption we parents need to role-model these habits for our kids.

Easy to reach toy storage area behind sofa by Moberry Interior

The Clever Storage

“I have too much storage” – said no one ever! Storage is always key, but with children it’s even more important. Closed off or partly closed off storage creates a calm and simple feeling in adult areas. For toys, it’s always a balance between storing their toys and keeping it easily within eyesight and reach – we don’t want them to forget what they have. Help them out by rotating baskets of toys or open a drawer. Put some of their books out to encourage reading; get a nice pencil holder for their table. If you don’t have space for an actual storage furniture get a nice basket to dump their toys into after use – even little ones can help you with tidying up. As for clothes, invest in a good cupboard or a chest of drawers, as clothes look messy when visible. 

Storage by Homepolish. Designer: Megan Born, Homepolish. Photo: Dustin Halleck

Furniture For Everyone

Children’s furniture can be calm and easy on the eye. Not everything has to be brightly coloured!  As an example, think about what will work in your entranceway. This is the first impression you give of your home, yet it’s one of the most overseen areas. Buy a nice storage bench where you can help children with their shoes and outwear. Good storage for shoes and jackets is vital to avoid being met with clutter when entering a room. Consider how to avoid chaos in the morning – your own keys, purse and phone need to be in an easy reachable place for you. In other rooms, such as a living room and dining room/kitchen, a cool tent, a small table with chairs for kids or a chalkboard can be a great addition in any interior. Again, think about how it blends into the remaining furniture and look of the space.

Zoned play area by the dining table by Room to Bloom

Zone It In

I’m a massive fan of zoning areas for children. It is a great way to welcome them and their play in all rooms while avoiding their toys being everywhere. Use rugs, lights or storage solutions to frame in a play area in your kitchen, dining room or living room. It can equally be the back of your sofa or a corner of an open plan room, marked by paint on the wall.

Cheat Sheet

• Create two-toned walls by painting the lower part in a slightly darker colour, to hide the prints from the small (often dirty) hands. 
• Think heights when wanting to store your valuable accessories, such as fireplaces and shelves
• Ensure to create space for play
• Add in chair seats for your adult chairs and save space by not having high chairs
• Closed or partly closed off storage creates a calm and simple feeling
• A good and practical entrance is important. A big shoe mat to catch the dirt, a bench for helping the children, good shoe and outwear storage and a smart place to store your own essentials, such as purse and keys, are all highly useful
• Use durable materials; leather and furniture fabric with high rob counts. Dark coloured or multi-pattern fabric also hides any unwanted marks
• For rugs, go for an easy to clean and durable material such as natural fibres. Look for patterns and colours too. You may also choose an indoor/outdoor rug. They are very forgiving
• Display your kids’ art work in a nice frame
• Zone in your kids’ play space by a rug, paint, storage or light
• Ottomans are great because of their flexibility. They are often are low enough to fitting a child seatake your nursery unique

Happy nursery decorating.

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