We've recently moved (that makes 7 moves in 8.5 years- such is the life of a Veteran spouse hehe) and so my mind always wanders towards our dream home one day. The hubby likes dark wood cabin man caves, and I like bright and white! I may have discovered a great blend of the two, which we shall call Swedish Country style! Inspired by Nordic farmhouses, it is clean and airy meets rustic, cozy charm- think lots of natural woodtones and pops of metals, very earthy, but usually with a white wash or earth-tone pastel tones. So, what would that style look like in my dream dining room? Well, let's explore...
(1) Large, solid farmhouse table- We love hosting family and friends, so an extendable table (or just a really large one to begin with! Hehe) is definitely top priority! This beauty at Arhaus fits the bill perfectly.
(2) Benches and seating galore- I love benches in a dining room! You can squeeze extra people on it, especially when there's kids about. We usually also have extra chairs in the corners of our dining room, so we can pull those up to the table when we need the extra seats at the table. While I love the idea of upholstered dining chairs, in reality, I think they're completely impractical! One spill of pasta sauce, and they're toast! So I'd opt for leather dining seat surfaces or pop on some slip covers- both easy to clean. Totally in love with this slip covered beauty!
(3) China hutch- I love a beautiful table, and we use our formal China set a few times a year, which means we need storage for such servewear and spare settings. So a China hutch is a must for us. This guy would completely fit the Scandinavian farmhouse style perfectly, and the color and detailing of this one would go great, but personally, I love ones that have a "counter" area that can function as a buffet area for large meals. There never seems to be enough room on the table for all of the platters when we cook large meals! So I love having that extra serving space right in the dining room. Ideally, I'd love to also have a butlers pantry in the pass through between my dream kitchen and dream dining room- extra storage and serving area, score!
(4) Floors and walls- This is where the Scandinavian feel starts to shine through. Grey or white washed floors, even painted white floors are really popular. Some earth tone pastels grace the walls and trim, or even some Nordic inspired wallpaper.
chippy paint on your vintage China hutch, or some rust on your metal sconce, these just add to the cozy farmhouse charm and keeping your colors light and bright give it that Scandinavian feel. Simple lines, uncluttered, homey.
Do you think this is a style you'd enjoy in your home? I think it's a great blend of the natural elements with your shabby chic/French country type styles!