How to Incorporate Scandinavian Design into Your Bathroom

How to Incorporate Scandinavian Design into Your Bathroom

Learn how to add some Scandinavian flair to your bathroom for a fresh new look this season!

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Anyone who’s ever seen the Scandinavian interior decor style will remember its sleek lines, the white color palette with just a touch of black, gray or metallic, and just a few decorative elements. Well, the same goes for the Scandi bathroom. It’s stress-free, airy, light, refreshing and its contemporary design always makes it look clean and inviting. So, if you’re a fan of the design that’s bold and dramatic, but at the same time calm and relaxing, you might want to give the Scandinavian design a shot. Its minimalist layout with a few bold details will give you just what you want. Now, let’s take a look at how you can pull off this seemingly simple yet tricky design.

The right color

White with a touch of black was always a signature element of Scandi design, especially when it comes to bathrooms. When cold white mixes with warmer timber and brass, a true Scandinavian look that made it so popular all around the world is achieved. However, in recent years, the all-white scheme has been replaced with a bit softer pastel and beige tones. Even if colors such as peach, gray or taupe are used for tiles, walls and furniture, you can still achieve that trademark Scandi look, only with a little twist. But, if you’re a die-hard traditionalist, white, black and cool gray paired with blue textiles definitely give off the right ambiance of a Scandinavian interior.

Make it interesting with different textures

Tiles have long been one of the must-have details of any Scandi bathroom, but today we have the incredible tile-making technology that gives us many textures and shapes. This is why more and more Scandi bathrooms play with textures to break the monotony of white. You can experiment with tiles of different shapes, sizes, textures and colors, but don’t overuse them. Scandinavian design is all about making a statement rather than having one element overpower the space.


Introduce wood

Scandinavians love and cherish nature, so it’s not a surprise how much wood they use in their interior design. Their favorite is light-colored timber, so make sure to incorporate it into your bathroom. You can choose solid, veneer or even recycled wood to construct or panel your bathroom vanity and storage space, or even create a statement wall. If you match timber with brass faucets or pendants, you’ll nicely complete the look of your bathroom.

Make it light and airy

Every Scandi-style space is very light, airy and full of clean lines, and bathrooms are no different. The best way to achieve that feeling is by using a lot of white on white. To break the monotony, you can contrast white with some dark or metallic fixtures and lighting features. Black, gray and metallic look amazing in Scandi bathrooms and create a perfect contrast to cool white and warm timber.


Create an atmosphere of a spa

Nothing says Scandinavia quite like a good spa experience. If you have a lot of space in your bathroom, make sure to make the bath the center of attention. This way, you’ll have your own spa experience every time you step into the bathroom. Your perfect match would be a sleek freestanding bath that will give you that clean and minimalist look and feel. To finish off your Scandinavian bathroom, add a small wood-burning stove and some wood that will keep you warm and remind you of long and cold Finnish winters.

Feature greenery

If you want to add some color and life into an otherwise fairly monochromatic space characterized by the Scandinavian style, you can do that with greenery. There’s something very interesting and exotic, yet natural in having a real plant in your bathroom that’s why Scandinavians usually decide to spruce up their space with greenery. You don’t have to go too large to make a statement. A small potted plant, such as a fern, peace lily or begonia, will still catch the eye every time you enter the bathroom.

Organize and Declutter Your Garage + Make Some Money too!

Organize and Declutter Your Garage + Make Some Money too!

Put your garage to good use this season by decluttering and organizing! Here’s how you can do it and make some money while you’re at it!

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The primary use of a garage is of course to have a place where homeowners can put their cars safely in. In contrast, many American garages lose their purpose because we tend to put a lot of things in there to a point where our cars can’t fit already. Most of the things we put there are items we do not need anymore but still valuable to just be thrown away. If you are one of the many Americans who suffers from the same problem, it is probably the best time to declutter your garage. Not only it can help you have space for your cars and have an organized garage, it can also help you earn cash from it.

Here are the things you must consider so you can make the best out of cleaning your garage:

Call a Friend

If you have an overcrowded garage, additional hands can be very handy. Pun aside, having someone to help you can make your work much easier. It can also be a great bonding time between you and your friend. If you are having a lengthy conversation, time will fly very fast and you will not notice that you have done so much for the day. Also, you will just have to spend a minimal amount to pay him/her or you can just treat him/her to a dinner or you can just help your friend to do some repairs in his/her home in return.

Creating specific place for similar stuff

Taking away all the things in your garage and just putting it elsewhere will not solve the problem entirely. The next place where you will put your things will get messy. You have to assign a specific space or box for every similar thing. If you establish zones, the order will follow. If you will need 10 bins to fit all your stuff in your garage, don’t just put everything there randomly. Classify things so you can easily remember where to find them and how to put it back. Additionally, labeling boxes can be very helpful to be more systematized.

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Weighing the Value

Although most of the things you put in your garage are probably seldom used items, there are still some things in there that are very valuable. You should be able to decide which things have big sentimental values to you or your family. If you are having a double heart for some stuff, use the one-year-question. Ask yourself, have you used the item for the past year? If you did not, you might as well not keep it. If an item is really important that you can’t part with it, you might as well get it out of the garage and put it somewhere else where it can be more dignified.

Separate Valuable ‘Junk’

Before starting your decluttering, prepare at least 3 boxes labeled ‘trash’ box, ‘sell’ box, and ‘donate’ box. This is important so you can directly put your stuff into the right box. For instance, things like DVD’s, electronics that are still in good running condition, well-kept clothes and shoes, and other stuff can go straight to the ‘sell’ box. Also, those old and worn out clothes can just be donated because it can’t be sold with so much value anymore. While those electronics that are in bad shape can still be sold to the right buyer since some people are looking for old things to restore. If you are not sure whether an item will sell, you can still post it and just get rid of it later if no one wants to buy it.

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Sort Your Sell Collection

After throwing all the trash and donating some of your things, it is time to sell. But before you do that, it is vital to classify them first so you can be able to reach the right buyer. For instance, books, DVD’s, and video games can be best posted on Amazon. High-end and quality clothing, collectibles like limited edition toys, smaller electronics, can be sold better on eBay. Lastly, items that are too big to ship and some other generic items like baby or toddler items are best for Craigslist. Categorize them where you’ll sell them: Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist.

Open an Online Store

If you want, you can just open an online store to sell your clothes or some of your old stuff from your house. This online store can eventually be turned into a legit store after you sold all of your items in your garage. To be successful, you can consider selling your items in lots. For example, instead of selling collectible toy cars individually, you can sell them as a group to be able to move your things faster. Be straightforward to your description, make sure you state the real and current condition of the products you are selling. Lastly, since your customer will only rely on the picture, try to include lots of it. Show any flaw, even if it is just minor to show that you are really an honest seller.