11 Spaces Where Scandinavian Design Meets California Cool

The Australian interiors that combine these covetable decorating styles.

Blue and White and Yellow Entryway

photography by SEAN FENNESSEY


What makes Australian interiors so inspiring? The seemingly, it's-always-summer detail for one, its approachability and focus on laid-back living, another. We'd like to think that the aesthetic stems from the marriage of Scandinavian design and the California-cool vibe we just can't get enough of. With streamlined furnishings, monochromatic palettes, and curation at the forefront of the decorative styles, we rounded up a few of our favorite Australian spaces that do the aesthetic justice. Take a look!

photography by ANSON SMART


A light-filled kitchen definitely calls for a whitewashed scheme, especially when paired with a vibrantly green surround - located at the exterior. Not only does the look emulate an effortlessly chic ambience, it provides room for bold color moments. Here, a pair of wicker baskets double as both a storage solution and a detailed accent piece. 

photography by BROOKE HOLM VIA INSIDE OUT MAGAZINE


For the minimalist space in need of a little revamp, consider bringing in furnishings that come in a vibrant color play. In this charming vignette, the blank wall functions as a canvas for the carefully curated and bright, decorative accessories. 

photography by ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS VIA INSIDE OUT MAGAZINE


A sea-inspired scheme transforms this contemporary bedroom into a dreamy retreat, complete with bright blue bedding and streamlined decor accents. 

photography by SEAN FENNESSY VIA DESIGN BOOM


We're still not over our obsession with blush-toned sofas, and this elegant, wrap-around piece is no exception. Paired with a rich wooden backdrop and polished, concrete flooring, the result is an approachable take on a contemporary design. 

photography by PRUE RUSCOE


Working with a monochromatic palette? Don't feel constrained to a reserved color scheme. Filter in a modest handful of colorful accents to extend depth to the scheme. Accent pillows, wooden coffee table trays, and fresh flowers (always interchangeable!) are great places to start. 

photography by MJ HARRIS GROUP


A serene bedroom starts with a subdued palette layered with texture and soft color accents. A cozy mix of linens, jute, and fresh florals complete this light and airy space. 

photography by P. RUSCOE VIA INSIDE OUT MAGAZINE


We love it when the outdoors contribute to the overall decor! Within this light-filled dining room, an absence of color is more than made up for by the warm wooden furnishings, matte black accents, and woven textures. 

Blue and White and Yellow Gallery Wall

photography by SEAN FENNESSEY


Take your favorite color block to the walls! A saturated shade of cobalt sets a playful backdrop for the vibrant, decorative accents of this cozy nook. Psst! It even extends along the molding of the adjoining rooms, setting in a subtle yet dynamic color detail to the home. 

photography by ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS VIA INSIDE OUT MAGAZINE


A home office doesn't have to be snoozy or clad with the typical office findings. Bring in cool textures and unexpected details to elevate the space, creating a more efficient (and style-focused!) workspace. 

photography by KATHERINE LU VIA YELLOWTRACE.AU


A monochromatic palette of soft greys and understated blues extend a soothing element to this open-layout space. Saturated versions of the base colors elevate the scheme, promoting a well-balanced design product. 

photography by SEAN FENNESSY VIA DESIGN BOOM


We're all for swapping the classic subway tile in lieu of this centric motif. Its structural pattern evokes an element of added depth to the wooden vanity, seamlessly blending in with its contemporary surround. Paired with drop glass pendants (and that ultra chic settee in the back!) this bathroom is about as perfect as they come. 

Published on February 22, 2017 - 5:00am EST

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