How to Design Your Scandinavian Home Without Breaking the Bank


Farrow & Ball has just added 9 new colours to their colour chart. I do love Farrow & Ball as many of their colours go really well with a Scandinavian style interiors. Of the 9 new colours, I have chosen 4 favourites that, in my mind, work best in a Scandinavian style colour scheme.

Happy New Year 2016!   I’m slightly obsessed about following the weather. I blame the Finnish climate where knowing the outside temperature is part of survival. I need to have an outside thermometer (that I check first thing in the morning in order to know what to wear) and I love my rain gauge. Isn’t it fascinating that sometimes you think there’s been lots of rain and it only adds up to 2 mm? And sometimes there is this gentle mild rain that goes on for the whole day and suddenly there is 5 mm of rain?   Ok, so you may not think this fascinating in the least and I do understand, but even if you are not fascinated about the weather, you may find these gadgets interesting.

Only a week before the recent attacks in Paris, my family and I spent a glorious weekend in the city, visiting relatives. The weather was exceptionally warm for late October (+22C), and we enjoyed sitting in cafés and watching our daughter play in the playground with her cousins.   The contrast between that happy weekend and the terror of the following weekend couldn’t have been greater. But instead of the Parisians feeling defeated and being afraid of going out anymore, they seemed to be even more determined to continue life as usual. Their answer to the terrorists was clear: you will not rule our lives!

How to Use Gold in Scandinavian Style Interiors - Aaltonen Interiors Scandinavian Style Interiors Copper and silver go really well with Scandinavian style interiors, but what about gold? The problem with gold (as a metal and as a colour) is that it easily looks very tacky and very bling. Neither of which are what Scandinavian interiors are about!   You may have heard that Cherished Gold is the Dulux colour of the year 2016, so gold is definitely coming back to interiors. But how to incorporate gold into a Scandinavian style interiors? It’s not really that bad! Let me show you how to do it!

10 Ways of Using Lego in Your Home Interior - Aaltonen Interiors Scandinavian Style Interior Design   The weather in the UK is grey and rainy right now, so I wanted to write a blog that has lots of bright colours to cheer us all up.   I know that many parents now associate Lego with the unbearable pain you get when you step on the pieces. But let’s forget all about that and concentrate what’s so great about it. It’s all about building things! Building whatever you can imagine and in bright colours! I love Lego! No-one said that Lego was restricted just for children, so here are some things you might want to build as an adult. From small projects to big ones. Take your pick!

How to Use Colour in a Scandinavian Style Home Interior - Aaltonen Interiors Scandinavian Style Interior Design There seems to be a misconception that a Scandinavian style interior has to be completely white. Sure, white colour plays an important role in a Scandinavian style interior, but other colours are allowed as well! It’s not really about the colours you use, it’s about using them in a way that creates a clear, crisp and harmonious (versus dark and oppressive or too colourful) look for the interior.