How to Design Your Scandinavian Home Without Breaking the Bank


Style Your Home Office Like a Pro - Aaltonen Interiors So you have become one of the many people who are now working from home. You need a space to work, store your paperwork, etc. but you are not quite sure how to go about it. Maybe you are fortunate enough to have a dedicated room in your home that you can start using as an office; or maybe you have to settle for a corner in your living room or a spare bedroom. Whichever it is, don’t compromise your design style! There is no reason why your home office shouldn’t look just as stylish as the rest of your home!

Area Rugs to Go with Your Scandi Home - Aaltonen Interiors Since wooden floors are the most common type of flooring in Scandinavian interiors, area rugs are very important: they add a bit of texture, patterns and colours to create that very personal and homely feeling. They also have a couple of huge advantages over carpets: they are easy to clean, wash and maintain; it is also easy to swap them around or out when you want a change!

Designing a Contemporary Scandinavian Kitchen - Aaltonen Interiors A new kitchen is always an expensive investment, so you want to get it right. You probably want something that looks contemporary, but also something that will not age rapidly. Scandi kitchens are just the perfect answer: Scandinavian design, with its pure clean lines, white colour and clutter free interiors, has been cool and in fashion for decades now; and the best thing is it’s quite simply unbeatable when it comes to practicality. A match made in heaven: beautiful design meets functionality.

A Bad Idea to Spray Paint a Leather Chair - Aaltonen Interiors My philosophy as an interior designer is to make use of the existing furniture as much as possible. I enjoy the creative challenge of breathing life to old furniture. I also think it’s plain foolishness to dump perfectly usable furniture.

House Tour - The Grove in Cromer - Aaltonen Interiors Recently I spent a wonderful weekend in Cromer on the Norfolk coast with my family. It was the best weekend holiday I’ve had in a long time! First of all, I love the sea. I love the smell of the sea, I love the sound of the waves, I love looking at it, I love swimming in it (when the water is warm, I might add). Being by the seaside always makes me happy. Secondly, the Grove, where we stayed at (, was an amazing find (thanks hubs!)!

Plywood used to be considered as a building material rather than an interior element. Increasingly, though, designers and architects are starting to see the beauty of it and, instead of hiding it in the structures, they want to leave it visible and embrace it. It’s been used in wall paneling, cabinetry and even floorings.