Raw Living

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Nod to Nordic

It’s so easy to incorporate Nordic style to your interior as there are so many beautiful products on the market; my favorite starting point is with sleek furniture & gorgeous ceramics.

Raw materials

To get this style right it’s imperative that most materials used are natural i.e. wood, stone, ceramic, concrete,

Introduce tactile textures such as linen, cotton & wool


When I think of country living I DO NOT think of chintzy floral wallpapers & fleur de lis, I think of comfortable squishy sofas covered in raw linen in front of a log burning fire wrapped up in a fur throw!

Also when we think of country farmhouses & beautiful cottages it is often the features of these properties that we fall in love with i.e. the arched doorways, traditional moldings & panelling, be sure to add some of these details to get the desired look, even if it’s just a bit of coving or a dado rail, these touches will give that look & feeling of a period property. You could even imitate some of these features such as the arched mirror shown in the above image.

Colour palette

Of course the colour palette for this style is always natural earthy colours in muted tones, greens, browns, greys, white & cream, also black gives a beautiful contrast.


You could go any number of ways with the lighting & it all depends on the main bases of your design, for instance if you’ve got mostly paired back simplistic Nordic furniture & finishings perhaps go more towards the country vibe for your lighting. Or vice versa perhaps most of your furniture is more classic country so yur lighting then needs to be more contemporary or Nordic to balance the whole scheme.


We’ve already discussed choosing natural materials, particularly for the main bases of a room which of course means the flooring. Wooden floors tend to look best and the more rustic the better but stone floors work too, flag stones can look so beautiful when other elements in the room are more contemporary. Using area rugs will also look great but ensuring these are made from natural fibres such as wool, coir, sisal & jute.

Eclectic Design

My personal favorite way to design is with an eclectic twist; adding a hint of something that’s not to be expected always goes a in way in design. A touch of vintage or modern or perhaps even both. Something that’s a bit out of the ordinary, something that really contrasts with everything else within the scheme such as adding a bold colour to cushion or a vintage piece of occasional furniture just remember that 80/20 rule!!!