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If you dream of a simple and unpretentious but at the same time cosy interior reminiscent of Northern Europe, Brown is the new neutral. That's right, brown is making a comeback into Scandi design as a warmer alternative to grey, which has monopolised interiors for the last few years.
Across Scandinavian design shoots, blogs, and home tours, earthy, warm tones are colonising minimalist landscapes. From earthy to practical, we’re giving you the lowdown on how to incorporate this somewhat polarising colour choice in your space as your new neutral.
From what we see of typical Scandinavian interiors, it’s easy to assume that to get the look, all-white walls and minimal colour is the go-to. Yes, our Nordic neighbours love a clean and refreshed look - but shades of nature have a tremendous influence on the colours and materials used inside a Scandi home.
Simplicity, lightness, and naturalness are characteristics of brown; it promises neutrality and balance. It helps create an atmosphere in which there is no place for anxiety or depression – and this is the rudimentary principle of the Scandinavian style.
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Brown tones are the hottest colour trend to inspire your scheme this year. We’re ready to see it become a more prominent part of the colour palette in both interior and design.
Look out for brown as a softer and more luxe alternative to black in interior design palettes and materials such as leather. Brown is versatile; it goes well with many other colours - it's sleek and luxurious, like an indulgent cup of cocoa.
There is something inherently human in the colours we are attracted to in 2023. Inspired by the world’s rich traditions of folk and craft - shades of brown praise the virtues of a simple life and can be used in any combination and in any room.
Image Credit (left to right) - Fredrik J Karlsson, Cartelle Design
An eclectic blend of the pure and the humble evokes the warmness and amiability of a more innocent age while celebrating life today. With clean minimal tones, we remove the excessive and treasure the simple.
The earth makes connections with landscapes and cultures. Use this as your mood board when combining colours: layer creams, browns, muted natural tones, or light shades of greens and blues to bring the calm and tranquillity that is so often found inside Scandinavian homes.
A unifying combination of these neutral shades impacts the atmosphere in a room, creating an interior with a down-to-earth and friendly feel.
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Creamy white, beige, and soft, earthy tones continue to stand strong in our interior, and it's lucky because we can't get enough. But new to the neutral shades in 2023 is a brand new muted brown tone, Belgian Brown, which gives the soft shades a renaissance.
These neutral hues do not ask for attention but give clarity with a soothing appearance. Wander into the warmer end of the palette, where splashes of buttery beige and winks of caramel invite you to sit down and get cosy.
To truly embrace the lovely elements nature has gifted us with, pair your colours with leather furnishings and wool, linen, and cotton for your bedding and textiles. These rustic brown hues will help create an uplifting and nourishing setting.