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Scandinavia is a home to 5 out of 10 happiest nations in the world: Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden all rank at the top of the list, despite long, dark winters and cold weather. Surely, good social support networks and healthy environments both contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of its citizens, but have you ever wondered how the Nordic nations stay in good mood on a daily basis?

It’s the lighting. With well planned lighting, candles and overall hygge atmosphere, people in Scandinavia stay happy despite bad weather. They are the masters of setting the mood with lighting.

However, with maximalism style being the number one interior trend in 2020, you might think that Scandinavian style is not for you. Who would mix maximalism with minimalism? Well, we are here to convince you it’s possible! You can incorporate elements of Scandinavian style to any interior with Scandi-style lamps, pendants and wall lights.

Read our 3 tips for adding a Nordic touch to your home with lighting:

1. Learn to love earthy tones and muted shades

Scandi decor style is probably most popular for its earthy muted palettes. If your home is filled with colour, consider adding some warm-coloured lighting, like our Triangle Pendant in Ochre. You can also add the fun and quirky Stoneware Lamp to your interior – the best thing about an earthy muted colour palette is that it fits any colour scheme.

If you have a Scandi-style home and want to add some maximalism inspired decor to it, consider shiny metal details instead of going for bright colours. We recommend the Matisse Pendant Light in white and brass – embracing the clean, strict lines of Nordic style with a bold, shiny detail.

2. Bring the outdoors inside with rattan lighting

Do we need to explain our love for rattan? The hottest interior trend of 2021, rattan furniture and lighting have gained this title thanks to Nordic style homes on Instagram. Nature-inspired lighting is now more popular than ever, as people are looking to bring the outdoors inside with natural home decor.

Scandinavian made rattan lights will fit right into your maximalist home. You can go for an oversized pendant like our Wicker Ball Pendant Light, or the ever popular Aruba Plug-in Wall Light. Need some new lamps? Our organic and sustainable Mariposa Table Lamp and Mariposa Floor Lamp are both handmade from rattan and will bring that fresh boho feeling into your living room or bedroom.

3. Add some Scandi texture with papier-mâché lights

Nordic style, just like the maximalist style, is famous for their layering with textures. Both styles have more in common than you might think. Texture provides visual interest, depth and dimension to a room. How to do texture in Scandi-style?

Add lighting made from papier-mâché – we recommend our bestselling Tropez Pendant Light available in 2 sizes, and the lovely Tropez Table Lamp. Both handmade in Sweden, they will bring more interest to any room, whether it’s maximalist or minimalist.

We often take lighting for granted when it comes to home design and decor. But lighting has a very powerful impact on our wellbeing: it influences our sleep cycle, productivity, and mood.

So even if you love colours, patterns and a bit of artistic clutter, you don’t need to give up Scandinavian style. Adding rattan or paper lighting in neutral colours will look amazing in any interior scheme. After all, to make your house a home, it needs to be filled with the things you love.

Shop Scandi Lighting

Matisse Pendant Light
Matisse Pendant Light
£129
Matisse Floor Lamp
Matisse Floor Lamp
£314
Tropez Table Lamp
Tropez Table Lamp
£55
Tropez 82 Pendant Light – Nature
Tropez 82 Pendant Light – Nature
£72
Wicker Ball Pendant Light – Large
Wicker Ball Pendant Light – Large
£310
Wicker Flat Pendant Light
Wicker Flat Pendant Light
£72
Aruba Rattan Wall Light
Aruba Rattan Wall Light
£65
Aruba Rattan Pendant Light
Aruba Rattan Pendant Light
£69.99
Mariposa Table Lamp
Mariposa Table Lamp
£69
Mariposa Floor Lamp
Mariposa Floor Lamp
£185
Cannes Table Lamp – Black
Cannes Table Lamp – Black
£129
Cannes Table Lamp – White
Cannes Table Lamp – White
£129

Poetic and playful yet sophisticated, this handmade French 6-light chandelier is an ideal choice for a dining table light or living room light. Inspired by nature, the Folia Bronze Chandelier represents six tree branches in solid bronze, and it suits both contemporary and relaxed country settings.

🔎 Folia Bronze Chandelier – shop at rubywatts.co.uk ✨

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Make a statement with simplicity.

The Link Floor Lamp is an elegant and minimalist addition to your living room or bedroom. It provides a warm ambient light for those empty corners in your home.

The lamp is handmade from brass and has a hexagonal base which ensures its sturdiness and stability. Entirely handcrafted by skilled artisans in France, it is an elegant and sophisticated floor lamp made with excellent attention to detail.

🔎 Link Floor Lamp – shop at rubywatts.co.uk ✨

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Inspired by the classic design of traditional European suspension fixtures, Verone is an artisan pendant light suspended from a 1 metre decorative bronze chain, and is therefore an ideal choice for high ceilings and hallways.

Classic and elegant, this handmade French pendant light comes with a conical white silk taffeta shade, also available in a variety of other shade colours by special request.

Elegant, stylish, charming and playful – this look suits both contemporary and relaxed country settings.

🔎 Verone Bronze Pendant Light – shop at rubywatts.co.uk ✨

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