Style secrets from Niki Brantmark

Scandi designer Niki Brantmark gives us an insight into some of her best style tips

Niki Brantmark

Hi Niki! Tell our readers a little about yourself…

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I’m originally from London, but I have lived in Southern Sweden for 13 years, and am the founder of the Nordic inspired daily interior design blog My Scandinavian Home. I’ve also written two home decor books: Modern Pastoral and The Scandinavian Home.

How would you describe your signature style?

‘Modern Scandinavian’ with relaxed (or boho) vintage and mid-century touches’.

If you had just £100 to give a room a new look, what would you do?

The first thing I’d do is get the paintbrush out and give the walls a new lease of life. Depending on the abundance of light in the room I’d either go for a light grey or dark green (billed as the colour of 2017). These two colours work really well together too! I’d also strip the floor back to its original format – it would hopefully be high quality wood, but if it wasn’t, I would paint it white. By now, there might not be too much money left over, so I’d go for layers of texture – for instance yards of white or dark grey linen. This could be used to cover selected furniture, along with stonewashed linen cushions and sheepskin throws or soft blankets.

Where are your favourite places to shop for homewares?

I usually buy homeware items online – I particularly like Etsy for handmade and vintage finds, Houseology for New Nordic pieces, and independent concept stores such as Ingredients LDN for smaller items such as candle holders, ceramics and scents.

What should we keep our eyes peeled for in 2017?

Think colour block walls in dark hues and bold wallpaper (especially anything botanical) combined with accessories in coral or a vintage, dusty pink. Velvet is becoming increasingly popular when it comes to interiors, from statement furniture buys to smaller pieces: for an easy way to incorporate the trend into your own home, invest in strokeable velvet cushions (which contrast beautifully with stonewashed linens). Bringing natural touches into the home is also one of the simplest ways to transform your space. And above all, there will be even more of a focus on sustainability – recycling, restoring, upcycling and even crafting from scratch.


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Lead image courtesy of Niki Brantmark