Interiors: DIY fans share their Scandi makeover hacks – from 89p prints to the best sales


Scandinavian decor has become especially popular in recent months due to its simple yet effective colour palette and minimalist effect. The overall look can make bedrooms look calm and relaxing and bathrooms look spa-like. Paired with faux fur, woody textures and a collection of leafy houseplants, Scandinavian style can really transform a room.

She used B&Q paint colours – Dulux Rich Black for £17 and White Satin V33 Wall Tile and Panelling Paint for £25.

Save £150 on panelling

Scandinavian style implements wood and earthy tones to create a naturalistic look.

Calsey Banks, a 30-year-old PA from Birmingham, was keen to use Scandi-style panelling but knew it wasn’t cheap.

She said: “My inspiration came from Instagram.

“I had seen a few accounts that had [Scandi-style] panelling and knew that’s what I wanted.

“It was going to cost me around £300 if I had someone else to do it for me. I used MDF strips from B&Q and no-nail glue to attach them to the wall.

“The strips cost me £5 each and the glue was £6 from B&Q, so all together in total, it cost me around £150 including the paint and the shelf.

“I completed the panelling in one day and then it took me a few days to paint it.”

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Geometric prints for £1

Julie wanted geometric prints on her bath panel but knew that tiling would cost her a lot of money.

Instead, she revamped her tired-looking bath panel by using self-adhesive wall tiles.

They cost her just £1 per sheet from One Below, costing her £15 altogether.

She added: “They were pretty easy to apply.

“I cut them to size with scissors and also used self-adhesive spray from B&M for extra adhesion!

“I then painted them using a mini foam roller, it went on really smoothly and made them look like new.”

Jodie Berry, an eyelash technician from Neston, took her geometric print a step further by applying it to her bathroom floor.

The 28-year-old said her bathroom floor looked “dark and dull” and didn’t feel fresh at all.

She used Pinterest to garner inspiration, eventually deciding on a geometric print for her bathroom floor.

She said: “My partner Mike and I used self-adhesive floor tiles from Homebase for the floor.

“They were £12 each and we bought three boxes for the whole room.”

Decorate with monochrome for 89p

Mum-of-six Tracey Currie, 35, from Dumfries, Scotland, decided to make her own monochrome look while decorating her twin sons’ nursery.

Rather than spending hundreds on new curtains, blinds and prints, she got creative.

She said: “I created white curtains on a budget by using a single bedsheet that I added header tape to, so they only cost £6.

“I added a black roller blind from B&M which only cost £12.50.

“Overall the room cost me just shy of £180 – and I had originally been looking at nursery furniture costing over £1000 on its own!”

Tracey also created her own monochrome, Scandi-style prints using 89p canvas and a black marker pen.

To create her “love” canvas, she laid the love sign on the canvas as she was spraying it black, leaving an outline on the canvas.

Shop the sales for plants

A lot of Scandinavian style uses plants to bring nature into the home.

Julie used artificial plants and accessories from IKEA, B&M, Tesco, Dunelm and Matalan to add a touch of nature and a splash of colour to her home.

They only cost her around £15 in total.

Meanwhile, Victoria Salisbury, 35, a mum-of-four and guidance worker from Chester, decided on a safari-inspired Scandinavian theme for her nursery.

The look required lots of natural wood and plants.

To save money, she said she decided to shop around and buy things on sale.

She added: “We got a cot bed from John Lewis when they had a 20 percent off sale for example and then used an online company who make made to measure mattresses which cost half the price of the branded ones so we saved quite a lot that way too.”

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