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5 Top Tips on How to Create a Scandi Boho Luxe Home

by | Dec 11, 2019

Window dressing – the standout piece that sets the tone for the rest of the room are the curtains…or…

Simple, well-made shutters that give the room a more cottagy look.

Curtains can up the ante and give your living room a formal and glamorous feel.

Article Summary:

  • Curtains and Tie Backs – Holdbacks
  • Invest in Statement Accessories
  • Laid Back Luxury with Mirrors
  • Boho Chic Rugs – Scandi Style
  • The Dining Table
  • Boho Glam Photo Frames

Generous helpings of material teamed with richly coloured tiebacks are powerful promoters of the Scandi Boho Luxe look.

Here we show you how to achieve the perfect Scandi Boho Luxe curtain look, even on a budget.

Curtains and Tie backs-Holdback – go for minimal oppulence…

Sticking to the Scandinavian aesthetic by choosing a simple white material.

Although what appears to be a simple white cotton is instead a rich, elaborate white herringbone patterned material.

It’s paired with gloriously coloured tie backs is a typical Scandi look.

Here we show white floor-sweeping (a 90s trend that has made a fabulous comeback) curtains held back by equally simple white tie-backs.

More Scandi Boho (the younger and more casual look) rather than Scandi Boho Luxe.

But also do check out these utterly romantic, breezy curtains on Amazon – pure boho luxe and Scandi light, even though they don’t block out much sun.

But we love them – CLICK HERE to view or browse other similar curtains.

But there’s a wealth of luxury tie backs on the market – only challenge is finding them.

They are rarely sold in department stores – they are the reserve of interior designers and often hand made and expensive.

Best Accessories – Invest in Statement Accessories 

Don’t be afraid to splash out on tie backs…you never tire of them, or if you do… you can sell them on for decent money on platforms such as eBay.

Good, oppulent, rich tie backs are statement pieces almost as much as the curtain itself.

But even the tie backs need to be held back – instead of a nasty hook in the wall, find a gorgeous holdback as shown in the photo here below.

Laura Ashley holdback

This holdback is from Laura Ashley – not hugely expensive, but luxurious in its simplicity.

There are, of course, much more ornate holdbacks on the market, but like tie backs they are not cheap.

The cheapest luxury holdbacks we found were £30 a pair – they went out of fashion a coule of decades ago and have yet to make a serious comeback. But they look fantastic.

Going back to luxe curtains in the Scandi Boho tradition, they dress a room almost as well without the tie backs.

However, they’ll need to be long enough to flick back – and stay there – without them. And with a complimentary lining at the back they can look particularly chic.

Here we show off white curtains lined at the back by beige…very effective and very Scandi – we love our white rooms….

The buyer of this flat insisted on keeping the curtains…and paying for them.

Mirror Mirror – how to create that laid back Luxury Look

A simple, but effective mirror bought at auction in 1998 – the more age spots on the mirror the better. For want of a mantelpiece, create one with shelves and special effects

Every home has to have a mirror and the Scandi Boho Luxe look relies on fabulous mirrors…if only to reflect the interior.

Placing a large mirror is very much Scandi Boho style, but to create the SBL look a mirror must have oomph.

A serious frame, gilded but not too “gold”, ornate if in a minimalist room or simple if featured in a “busy” room. And the more “age spots” and authentic looking the better.

Above is a above-the-fireplace mirror bought at auction 20 years ago.

A porthole mirror for shipping nations – the nautical look is in with the Scandi boho crowd and this is the luxe end of the range

One of our favourite influences in home decor at the moment is the seaside look.

The Nordic countries are seafaring nations (ie the Vikings) and currently the porthole mirror is “everywhere”.

And there are some stunning pieces on the market which are very Scandi Boho Luxe.

Look around, but also see this beautiful, atmospheric nautical mirror – perfect for bathrooms, conservatories and halls – CLICK HERE to view our pick or browse similar ones.

Bohemian Chic Rugs – Scandinavian Style Flooring at its best

Ultimate Scandi Boho Luxe look with touches of French grandeur and Persian textile. The Scandi Boho look is a mix of exotic cultures with Scandi cool 

Rugs are big in Scandinavia – to cover parts of our wooden flooring and add a respectable amount of colour to the minimalist palette.

And there are rugs which are distinctly Scandinavian in look – the pastel block colour look for one.

But the beauty in Scandi Boho is the complementary effect of other cultures and their styles to the Scandinavian aesthetic – therefore a different rug is required for the chilled chic boho feel.

And the rug for the Scandi Boho Luxe look is also a step up – more grand, elaborate, fine and colourful.

A beautiful Persian rug completes the minimal Scandi Luxe style and here we show some styles that define the Scandi Boho Luxe look.

Dining Table – Key Player in the Scandi Boho Luxe Look

The dining table is the sould of the boho home – the piece of furniture and decor around which we get together, eat, chat and the source of what we know as Scandi hygge.

Glossy wooden dining table completing the Scandi Boho Luxe look (pic by Danielle Gehler)

Small vintage dining / coffee table with Christmas tree for added ambience during Festive Season (pic by Daeun Kim)

Scandi Boho is famed for its vintage pieces – often with a table cloth thrown across – but the Scandi Boho Luxe dining table needs no table cloth.

Beautifully cut wood and  craftsmanship add authenticity to the dining experience and minimises the need for other decor pieces which might just make the room look too busy.

Beautiful wooden dining table – Scandi Boho Luxe style – no table cloth required (pic by Jaeman Jung)

Photo Frames – the charming Accessory to Glam up the Room

An age old tradition in Scandinavia is family pictures in photo frames – often on the wall like paintings.

Frames as shown above, from niche British home furninshings retailer India Jane add solid Scandi glamour to the side table – eve though they are not made in the North.

This is the Adagio frame from India Jane in London’s Kings Road – you get a lot of frame with this solid piece which really gives the picture quite the VIP treatment

The Colomo frame from India Jane in London’s Kings Road – the black rim makes the frame and the picture a statement piece on the side table or mantelpiece

In the Scandinavian countries, it was thin silver frames – pieces handed down from previous generations, which were hugely popular in the 1960s.

The original Scandi Bohos, such as Danish supermodel Helena Christensen, have hung on to the tradition as shown in her starter Paris apartment, featured in Taschen’s Paris Interiors (below).

To read more on the Scandi Boho look generally, read our main post here.

A cherished tradition in Denmark – hanging old family photos in thin silver (or other) frames on the wall, like paintings. Here Danish supermodel Helena Christensen has a lines of photos hanging above a small fireplace in her Paris apartment when she was working the catwalk – as featured in Taschen’s coffetable book Paris Interiors

Here she has hung photos in old style frames above a small fireplace – even the curved glass in the frame is tryly the Scandi look.

Another non-Scandi retailer who has led the way with glamorous photo frames in the last decade is Ralph Lauren in the USA.

The retail king has alway had an eye on the European look and manages to blend the different cultures in design – the USA, the UK and some European traditions through his designs.

The photo frame is naturally important – not least the more solid, ornate frames – because of what is in the frames, namely fond memories of family and friends.


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