Crux, cross, and plus sign patterns are bold, graphic and super clean, without fuss or bother. They are also classically Scandinavian. (In Swedish folk art the cross is a symbol of hope.) As a bonus for DIYers, they're also really easy to execute. It's doesn't get more simple than a couple of black and white lines that meet in the middle.
Neon colors are a big trend these days, as is typographical art, so it only makes sense that someone would combine the two. Seemingly modern decor, it nevertheless finds it way into a variety of rooms, making for interesting bedfellows at times.
Perfect for providing a serious focal point for the room and
creating a luxe vibe, the headboard is also a great place to get creative. From scaling
up a traditional headboard until all of your other pieces take on dollhouse
proportions to using paneled sections or blown up artwork, the possibilities are
There's a lot you can do with walls - paint color, murals, decals and graphics, but one idea we've been seeing more and more of is adding texture with decorative 3-D objects. The most popular are inspired by nature - birds, butterflies and flowers - and they can be made very cheaply with simple materials.
Concrete as a medium has taken hold of DIY bloggers and become a favorite go-to this past year, with good reason; it's inexpensive and pretty easy to work with. Why not pick one of these projects and give it a whirl yourself? Just run if anybody mentions something about concrete shoes.
If there is one thing I never tire of while working with children's design every day, it's seeing new Scandinavian-style children's rooms. They seem so fresh to my American eyes, so different from the character-driven or über modern bedrooms I'm used to here. In an effort to capture a little bit of Sweden stateside, I've put together a little "how-to" list to get your fjord on.
These make me think of freshly organized desks, clean, architectural lines, and maybe a few OCD behaviors. Or, just like me, but the exact opposite. Click below for sources, and more interior inspiration.
Every year when I go to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, or ICFF, I tell my friends that it's like a fashion show, but for furniture. It's where designers go to get their new creations in the public eye, and where we go to get an idea of what's happening in the world of design. Here's our report on what we saw, what we liked, some new trends that are emerging, and some old ones that are still going strong.