Here is a list of the winning elements they use to get that effect:
- Leggy furniture that shows off square footage.
- A sophisticated, but friendly, color palette.
- Simple or strong graphics that offend no one.
- Smooth and natural wood finishes.
- Painted and distressed furniture that makes a room feel lived in.
- Crystals and mirrors that capture the light.
- Textiles like smooth cottons and nubby linens.
- Accessories where form follows function.
- Affordable prices.
- Furniture that mixes well with other styles.
I doubt that anyone will purchase all new furniture for staging, but if you own pieces that are Scandinavian-influenced, keep them in the mix. If you are shopping for additional elements to stage your home, here's a look to imitate because it's a timeless, elegant and fresh look that makes people feel welcome and at home. That's exactly the look of a well-staged home.
Scandinavian furniture and fabrics have an valid reputation for beautiful style. The countries of Scandinavia -- Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland-- share those honors.
From Sweden we get IKEA, Saab and Volvo, and the popular Gustavian style furniture (not to mention meatballs and Absolut vodka!).
From Denmark comes Danish modern furniture -- a style that's especially suitable for staging because it's handsome, lightweight, economical, and coincidentally scaled for most American homes.
Finland is home to famous Marimekko fabrics, loved by women from Jackie Kennedy's day to Carrie Bradshaw's time.
Are there any new ideas you can incorporate into your own home from the following collection of Scandinavian-influenced interiors?
Distressed case goods, simple textiles, and pastel paints are the kinds of
things that treat your wallet well. Photo: Tone on Tone Antiques.
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