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Rugs Scandi Style – How to Brighten up the minimalist home

by | Nov 17, 2019

Scandis love rugs! If there is one accessory that can change a room instantly at very low cost it is the rug.

Rugs work wonders when you have a wooden floor, often white, as many do in the Nordic countries.

Article Summary:

  • Nordic Rug Trends
  • Geometric Rugs
  • Prices
  • Rugs & the Bedroom
  • The Scandi Boho Rug
  • Designer Rugs
  • Carpet vs. Rug

In seconds you can turn a minimalist style conscious living room into a boho boudoir haven of colour and warmth.

More often than not, the rug is used to highlight the Scandi fondness of clean lines, symetry and a sense of space.

The Scandi rug usually features only a few colours en bloc – stripes, spots or squares.

But increasingly, we like the contrast between the ornate and the typically Scandi.

Although the Nordic countries have a thriving rug and carpet industry and are experts in design, rugs from different cultures and traditions have helped create the distinctive Scandi Boho look.

But what kind of rug you get also depends enormously on use – do you have children or pets? These are things to factor in when choosing a rug.

Scandinavian Geometric Rugs – the Nordic carpet look

The geometric look is a Scandi favourite – it is the perfect metaphor for our ordered, tidy homes. The diamond shaped pattern, the trellis, the crosses, the hatch pattern and the cross-word pattern are firm favourites.

Not so much paisleys as favoured by the British, romantic hearts or any other “messy” pattern which will just steal the limelight away from the paintings on the wall or books on the shelves.

What is the Price of a Rug?

Whatever your budget there’s a rug that fits…but we are looking at the £50 or $70 mark for a piece to go in the living room.

For a typically Scandi looking rug check out this gorgeous geometric rug of blue, grey, brown and cream triangles on Amazon.

Wall-to-wall carpets are a rare phaenomenon in Scandi homes – with underfloor heating there is little need for a carpet to keep the room warm.

The flexibility a large rug offers is a huge plus. It is almost as good as a carpet but gives the opportunity to change up easily – if someone spills wine or otherwise stains the rug or if a change is needed to match new furniture or just to create a new look.

And, of course, you can lay the carpet yourself, not having to hire professionals and save a small fortune.

The short answer is with a rug it goes whereever you want or need it to be. But there are ways to create a special look and atmosphere in the room using rugs. They inject warmth or life into a cool space, or cool into a busy room.

You can create an “area” withing the living room to give the impression of a room-within-a-room.

Create a chill-corner, or Hygge space, by placing the rug partly under a comfy chair and perhaps a coffee table. With clever patterns and colours you can renew the space constantly, keeping your home fresh looking and somewhere you never tire of.

If ever there was a room where a rug is ideal, it’s the bedroom. We still want a wooden floor for style and aesthetic reasons but it’s cold for the feet in the morning.

A gorgeous, thick, soft rug on the floor makes it easier to get out of bed.which to put your feet as you roll out of bed is a treat.

How to place a Rug in the Bedroom for maximum Impact

Loving this look – two birds with one stone: the rug is the first thing to notice, even before the bed, due to its placement, almost floating in the middle of the floor.

The colours are bold – not unusual in the Nordic countries – but the brutal linear parttern is traditional Scandi.

And it serves the purpose, just, of having somewhere to put ones feet when getting out of bed.

Picture by Amanda Vick

The softer and fluffier the better…everybody thought the sheepskin rug was finished as the 1970s disco decade came to an end. But no.

The long-haired mini carpet is here to stay – if anything, it has made a huge comeback over the last decade or so and is now a must in every millennial’s starter home.

Even IKEA sells their version of the rug. Most sheepshin rugs are clearly synthetic, but such good imitations it’s hard to tell.

Others use the sheepskin rug as a throw or placed on a chair for added comfort – and glamour.

The Scandi Boho Rug – How to add Color and Atmosphere to the Nordic Living Room

Which leads us to the rug in the Scandi Boho home. The rug is so key to the Scandi Boho vibe that it almost defines the look.

This is also where there is real room for experimentation with different styles. The new Scandi Boho Millennials are known for their free spirit and eagerness to experiment.

Most items in their homes signify some experience or memory – and rugs are mainly from foreign countries. Their colours and patterns stand out beautifully and interestingly agains the pale Scandi palette.

But not everybody gets to travel much and we can now get a fabulous rug from anywhere at the click of the mouse. Here’s a perfect Scandi Boho piece which caught our eye: red vintage patchwork style.

Modern Designer Rugs – Taking Flooring to the next Level

There’s  growing industry in designer rugs … painters and graphic designers transfer their best works of art onto the rug, which then becomes a limited edition, practical work of art in itself.

It’s a perfect way for an artist to licence his or her work and make it accessible to more people and it gives us home lovers the chance to buy into somethign super chic.

Some do place this designer rug or art rug on the floor, but increasingly people hang the rug on the wall.

Depending on the status of the artist or designer, the rug can shoot up in value if the artist is in demand…

Carpet vs. Rugs vs. Mat – Area Rugs and how to decide what Flooring to go for

We love mats – for next to nothing you can jazz up any floor with a simple caramel coloured floor mat. It fits in with absolutely any decor, high end or affordable.

They’re both durable and understated, a classic look altogether. But it’s also fun playing with the mat idea and perhaps go for something a little smarter.

Such as the round mat or rug above, covering what is already a beautiful floor – contrasting designs and patterns. It is also meant to soak up soil and liquid under the shoes – less glam purpose than decorative.

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