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Best Art: How to Collect and Decorate the Scandi Boho Home

by | Oct 29, 2019

It is almost easier to explain what kind of art is Not best suited to the Scandi boho chic home than what really is best suited… Placing art in the Scandi Boho chic home is Not about filling blanck spots on the wall or finding something to place on an empty table or stand.

Neither is it about a certain “style” or “a look” – matching colours or symmetries. It is far removed from the perfectionism of minimalism or “less is more” as Scandi decor and interior design have become famous for. Art for the Scandi Boho chic home is much like the rest of the furniture – it is more about the heart and mind than the eye. Everything has a story, a meaning, whether it “fits in” or not.

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Framed print. Beautiful abstract print which is always an interesting and decorative conversation piece.

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Old family photos in antique frames, mirrors, paintings and prints are firm favourites. Our grandparents hung grainy photos of their parents on walls above the couch and crips new shots of their grandchildren. It is a tradition picked up and carried on by those who  Mirrors are another key element in the Scandi Boho home – as one large focal point in the room or grouped together.

Mirrors serve the dual purpose of decorating the wall and the room as well as making a small space seem bigger. Family photos are hugely popular amongst Scandi Bohemians – former supermodel, the Danish Helena Christensen and original Boho Chic’er has shown her starter home in Paris to magazine publishers Taschen (pictured) which features her sitting room with a row of framed pictures above the small fire place.

Paintings and Prints in the Scandi Boho chic home…

Home grown artists are on the rise and the choice is hugely varied. Particularly avant garde graffiti and conceptual artists have thrived as demand for more thought provoking art increases. But Scandi Bohos are cool – they don’t always follow trends and are less concerned with design rules. To read more on our Scandi Boho decor style click here. The feeling they get from a picture and the story behind it are far more important. The personal touch and relevance are key.

Scandi Boho chic is particularly popular among the younger generations which is moving away from the severe minimalist look – not least for financial reasons as minimalism is high maintenance. The art they chose is therefore often “make do” – pieces which are affordable and relevant to their experiences. Prints – particularly prints of the more expensive originals and – are therefore a stable mate among the Scandi Boho crowd. Here’s one of our own favourites in this green Amazon link: the late, iconic Danish painter Anna Ancher’s A Funeral on glicee canvas reproduction.

mixed media limited edition print of karen blixen by ullajk
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The beauty of Scandi Boho is that it is not expensive. It’s about how the pieces make you feel rather than how it looks or hangs together.So collecting works of art for the Scandi Boho home is a hobby most people can engage in. Most Scandi Bohos collect pieces on their travels, but paintings inherited or handed down are also popular. These can be Scandi flowers, landscapes or family portraits or motifs representing experiences from travels abroad. Tribal art or brilliantly coloured pieces from foreign cultures are perfect in the Scandi home setting.

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Red country style cusion

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A striking red silk & cotton cushion cover which exudes warmth and reminds us of times shopping in foreign street markets. Totally Scandi Boho.

£65

Round plant fibre mirror

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A beautifully simple mirror with an exotic vibe - a plantbased fibre frame makes it an on trend mirror on the Scandi wall.

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Natural handwoven rug

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Natural tones and diamon pattern - the perfect chic rug for the well-travelled puritan. Handwoven in India, it's a mainstay style of the Scandi home.

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The beauty of Scandi Boho is that it is not expensive. It’s about how the pieces make you feel rather than how it looks or hangs together.So collecting works of art for the Scandi Boho home is a hobby most people can engage in. Most Scandi Bohos collect pieces on their travels, but paintings inherited or handed down are also popular. These can be Scandi flowers, landscapes or family portraits or motifs representing experiences from travels abroad. Tribal art or brilliantly coloured pieces from foreign cultures are perfect in the Scandi home setting.

Where to find the Best Art for a Scandi Boho home

  • Travels – paintings or sculptures which remind you of your holiday or stay in that country
  • Car boot sales
  • Small auction houses – or bigger ones but the art is likely to suit the Scandi haute boho home…
  • Online through sales platforms such as Etsy
  • Local art exhibitions – your nearest town hall sometimes hosts exhibitions by new or emerging artists in the area
  • Charity shops – this is a terrific source of cheap and affordable art, particularly prints and water colours as well as ceramics and mini sulptures
  • Flee markets – there are famous markets in most cities, ie the Portobello Road and Brick Lane markets in London and the Saint-Ouen in Paris, the world’s largest and oldest flee market going back to 1885

There are virtually no musts and must-nots when it comes to art in the Scandi Boho home. The style, as it were, is a mix of styles set off by the white background. A white floor, white walls, minimal furniture and a practical layout – on top of this you place the collectables, including the art. That is what sets Scandi Boho apart from Bohemian. The Scandi Boho look can best be defines as “method in the madness” ie it is a mix of personal items, colours and patterns BUT carefully, or less carefully, curated on the white background.

Scandinavian artists to look out for when decorating the Scandi Boho home

Denmark, Norway and Sweden have a rich tradition in painting and ceramics, particularly. Apart from design in furniture, fashion and jewelry, paintings from the late 19th Century and porcelain and clay pieces have become highly attractive collectors items. And they fit hand in glove in the modern Scandi home, helping to create the perfect Boho style with a Scandinavian twist. Skagen on the most northern tip of Denmark is famous for its late 19th and early 20th Century painters – known for their fishing community oils on canvas.

These artists are highly collectable and outside most people’s budgets. They include Martinus Rørbye, whose Fishermen in Rowing Boat as shown above is a classic, and Anna Ancher and not least Vilhelm Hammershøi. Their themes depict the often hard conditions in the North of Denmark over 100 years ago, but also a melancholy and hard work, focus, dedication and a sense of community that so represents the time and period. They are considered old masters in Scandinavia, famed for the special natural light they reflect.

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