Leaving the cool, fresh and airy roots of traditional Scandi style behind, its dramatic sister trend, Nordic Noir, has moved into the spotlight.
A 2018 interior shake-up that welcomes a much darker, more glamorous and polished aesthetic, Nordic Noir is mysterious and seductive, with inky black hues dominating the trend.
Rooted in minimalist design, Nordic Noir embraces a moodier palette of darker, richer shades and dusky dark greys. The stronger shades allow you to incorporate more luxurious textures and fabrics into your décor.
This influx of texture makes a gorgeous contrast with the traditional Nordic setting we’re used to seeing, giving the trend a more luxurious feel.
When it comes to introducing new textures, natural materials still dominate, with wooden furniture and flooring still featuring heavily; however, Nordic Noir embraces more opulent fabrics – think thick shaggy rugs, metallic detailing and glossy tiles.
The clean lines and functional form which define Scandinavian style and its simplicity still remain and are largely what has made the trend so popular. What separates Nordic Noir is its darker, more alluring and sensual appeal, with much more opulent finishes and detailing.
To recreate the Nordic Noir trend in your home, start by introducing darker colours and more layers of texture. One of the main design features of a Scandi home are the glowing log burners, piles of cushions and throws, all included to be both decorative and functional, adding extra warmth. This is what makes the trend such a great one to embrace at this time of year, when we’re just heading into the cooler seasons of autumn and winter.
Nete Vester, Danish interior designer and owner of Moberry Interior, shared with us a few of her top tips on the ways you can recreate the trend in your home.
“In order to create that moody, mysterious, cocooning cosiness in your home, use either a mix of dark blues and greens, deep greys and black, or simply apply tone in tone with various shades of one of the colours. If you don’t want to invest a lot of money or to repaint, simply add and mix textured accessories such as wool throws, linen cushions and natural layers.
Material-wise, look for darker wood variations like walnut, mahogany or deep oak, combined with darker shaded glass and ceramics, as well as more dramatic materials such as brass. Again, these can easily be added e.g. by bringing in nature such as pinecones or autumn branches. Lastly, light some candles, which will add the final touch to the Nordic Noir theme.”
If you’re a little daunted by the prospect of dark walls, start by embracing the trend in smaller areas of the home, such as bathrooms where it’s hard to be too overpowering. It works well on the screen, with many crime dramas like The Killing and The Bridge helping to boost the trend’s popularity and make it more mainstream.
Whilst it’s vital to include lots of textures, it’s also crucial to make sure the room never looks overly cluttered. A little greenery also helps to bring some natural life into the room and brighten up those darker shades if you’re worried about the space looking too gloomy, as shown around the Little Jon sofa below.
A great way to liven up a dark wall and make sure the space doesn’t look smaller than it is, is by introducing lighter flooring, pale grey furniture and hanging pictures with wooden frames and white backgrounds. The Sofa Workshop Dillon corner sofa works perfectly! Mirrors can also be really helpful to open up the space if you’re conscious that it’s feeling a bit too enclosed.
One thing is for sure, we’re set to see a lot more of Scandinavia’s dark side when it comes to interiors. For more dark design inspiration, visit our @Pinterestboard, where you’ll find interior ideas for all types of homes. If you’re already channelling Nordic Noir in your interior, be sure to tag us on Instagram @sofaworkshop.