The weekly glaze: Folk tales from Norway

Scandi. It’s a word we’ve all become familiar with and is seen as the epitome of interior chic. It’s all about simple, clean design and using lighter tones and natural materials. It’s a style that many aspire to and can be achieved on a variety of budgets, if done right. But on a recent trip to Oslo, I got the chance to see what traditional Norwegian design really looks like. Simple? Anything but!

Rosemåling (rosmålning in Swedish) is decorative Norwegian folk art that comes from the rural valley regions of the country. The designs are bold,intricate and full of colour. They use flowing patterns, geometric shapes and floral design to create these simply stunning designs. 

If you have kids or are a just a big kid yourself, you’ll be probably be more familiar than you want to be with Disney’s Frozen (Yes, I too am a big child… let it go!). Watching the movie, you can easily see where the creators took their inspiration. Set in Norway and based off a Norwegian folk tale, you only have to look at the detailing of the animations, the characters and the scenes, to see these designs in action.

So how to put them together in a scheme without looking like an over elaborate Disney set? Well here’s my attempt.

1. The feature wallpaper


Blossom Trees wallpaper from Lottas Träd (launching mid-May, from €36 per sq metre) 

How beautiful is this? While not a total copy paste of the traditional rosemåling design, this for me is the perfect modern balance that still uses those floral and natural elements. Try it in a living room but be brave and go further than just a chimney breast. Lottas Träd or Lottas Trees is by  Swedish designer Lotta Olsson. Not only does she do wallpaper, you can also find prints, cards and even rugs on her online shop.


2. A pale wooden floor

Try lightening things up with a pale oak floor. I’m a big fan of  Trunk Surfaces who’s HQ is in Belfast but you can also find them in Rathgar and London (worlds apart, I know). Their Onslow Grey French Oak (which you can see on Instagram beneath a very lovely but fluffy canine) would be perfect, even better if it came with the dog.


 3. The statement sofa


Dante Large Sofa in Exquisite Velvet Graphite from Marks & Spencer (£2,099)

Rather than going for something country-cosy, try a sleeker and more modern design. While it’s tempting to put something bold and bright in, I think black would really help the eye to really focus in on the main feature; the wallpaper. Velvet for me is also the way go to.


4. Quirky sidetable


Valsecchi 1918 – Fairytale Coffee Table – Blue from Amara (€306)

To be honest I just really liked this table when I came across it but I think if theming this around a modern folktale look, then what better way to do that then a side table made front three books.


5. Accessories 


Linea Elidor wooden vase from House of Fraser (£10)

The accessories are where you can really have a bit of fun. By their very nature, they’re interchangeable and so if you tire of something one week then you can just wrap it and put something else on display until you’re in the mood for it again. It’s why I really have an unhealthy obsession with cushions … so many endless possibilities!!!


6. Assorted cushions

Clockwise from main image
Blue folkloric cushion from Next (£18/€20)
AM.PM. Mihnéa Embroidered Cotton Cushion Cover from  La Redoute (€49.99)
Large Hoxton cushion by Kelly Hoppen (£50)

I love a good cushion. They’re the easiest way to pull a scheme together and change it up when you’re looking for refresh. This blue folk-detailed cushion from Next is the perfect representation of rosemåling meets Frozen. Mix it in with cleaner patterns to like the ones from La Redoute and Kelly Hoppen so that it really stands out!



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