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Scandi Bathrooms – The Ultimate Guide
If you’re anything like me, when you think of Scandi bathrooms or Nordic design, your mind is instantly drawn to IKEA and those amazing range names they have for even the smallest of items.
You know the ones – KALLAX, FYRKANTIG, DAGSTORP – they are amazing, aren’t they?
Now, the powers that be here at Big Bathroom Shop will not thank me for reminding you that IKEA is a thing; but, unfortunately for them (and fortunately for you), on this occasion needs must.
Because, love it or hate it, IKEA is partly responsible for our love of all things Scandinavian.
But why is Scandi style so popular?
Where did the love for all things Nordic & Scandi originate?
And most importantly, how can you create your own scandi-style oasis with the help of Big Bathroom Shop?
Answers to these and a whole Billy bookcase full of questions can be found below.
A Brief History Of Scandinavian Design
It is simplistic and aimed around beautiful aesthetics; with smooth lines, curves, and a mix of bold colours each helping to enhance the detail and precision in every item of furniture.
Their commitment and hard work helped to create groundbreaking furniture designs that continue to inspire modern designers today.
Designer – Aires Mateus e Associados / Photographer – Greg Cox / Courtesy of @est_living
Where To Start With Scandi Bathroom Design
To embrace Scandinavian design, understanding the reasoning behind its inception is important.
In a part of the world where daylight hours are at a premium for a large part of the year, Scandi-style is focused on brightening up a space – be that a kitchen, bedroom or – in our case – a bathroom.
Using light hues in the bathroom is great for compensating for a lack of natural light.
So, if you only have a small window – or perhaps have a bathroom with no window at all – your choice of colours and textures can go a long way to helping you to create a space that feels light and fresh.
Light, natural colours will lift the atmosphere in any bathroom and can help in improving wellbeing and mood too. In Scandi terms, this experience of colourful comfort, cosiness and contentment has a name all of its own: hygge.
The hygge style, is focussed on thoughtful, minimalistic designs that are sensitive to the needs of the user, creating an environment that promotes positive energy and adds an ambience to your bathroom space.
In simple terms, it is practical, looks amazing and makes you feel great!
To embrace this style in your bathroom, teaming light colours on the walls with fresh white ceramics (basin, toilet & bathtub) is a great way to get the ball rolling.
Keeping the walls simple with trendy subway-style tiles is a great base for the Scandi style.
Tiling all the way up to the ceiling will give a more open look to the space, but you don’t have to do that if it’s not for you. To achieve a more design-led look – tiling halfway up is just as effective and takes half the time!
TOP SCANDI HYGGE STYLE TIPS
Keep these top hygge style tips in mind when planning your scandi bathroom –
What To Buy For A Scandi-Style Bathroom
With the Scandi style, there really is no “one size fits all” mantra that you need to stick to when it comes to buying furniture and accessories for the space.
Keep in mind that Scandi & hygge style is supposed to be clean and simple and you can’t go far wrong.
So, let’s see what can you find at Big Bathroom Shop to help you achieve the desired Scandi look that you have been dreaming of?
The Scandi Bathtub
Scandi Bathroom Furniture
So, because we love the Scandi style so much here at Big Bathroom Shop, we have an amazing collection of bathroom furniture that can help you achieve those scandi-vibe goals.
We’ve picked two of our favourites below, but check out our full range of furniture for some amazing inspiration!
Scandi Bathroom Basin
Scandi Bathroom Showers
Scandi Bathroom Brassware
What Colours Should I Choose For My Scandi Bathroom?
As we’ve already covered, traditional scandi design took into account the lack of light during certain periods of the year in Scandinavian countries.
That means that historically, the design has drawn upon more natural elements that are designed to help you wind down and relax in a simple and harmonious space.
However, we don’t have as many dark days here in the UK, so there have been some tweaks to the style elements that have seen more colour added to scandi-bathroom palettes over the years.
Let’s break down these different takes on Scandi bathroom design to see which colours might suit your space.
Classic White Scandinavian Bathrooms
Natural Scandinavian Bathrooms
Colourful Scandinavian Bathrooms
Get Into The Scandi Bathroom Mood
To summarize, Scandi bathroom design is a surefire style winner.
The bathroom is ultimately a space in which you and your family want to relax and unwind, and the beautiful natural vibes of Scandi are sure to enhance a feeling of calm and serenity.
The decision you need to make now is, do you go for the light or the dark variation?
Golds, rose pinks with light greys, creams and browns are a hygge staple.
However, there is nothing stopping you from adding a touch of your darker side with deeper blues and greens that are finished off with matt black brassware and towel radiators.
It all depends on which mood takes your fancy!
Get Inspired By Scandi Style
So, there we have it. The BBS Ultimate Guide to Scandi Bathroom Designs.
I’m sure you have a lot to think about and are raring to go on creating your own Scandi bathroom oasis!
I hope I have given you some Scandi inspiration and food for thought, tell me how you styled your Scandi bathroom space in the comments below.
John loves reading design blogs and bringing those ideas to the Big Bathroom Shop Inspiration pages. When he isn’t reading or writing copy, you’ll find him reaching out to industry experts to get all of the latest bathroom news.