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Here at Denman, we’ve always somehow just known that Scandinavian interiors are the perfect complement to our breathtaking views.

But after speaking to Canberra interior designer Meg Campbell, we suddenly understand why.

According to Meg, from neonwhitedesign, Scandinavian interiors are a stunning match for Denman Prospect because they’re both underpinned by the same design principles: simplicity, functionality and minimalism.

“The Scandinavian design movement is based on the idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should be affordable to everyone,” Meg says.


“Form-pressed wood, plastics, anodized aluminium, enameled aluminum and pressed steel became increasingly available after WWII and this saw a boom in new low-cost materials and methods for mass-production.”

The natural textures and simple lines of Scandinavian design work best in the home against a monochrome palette, according to Meg, and a backdrop of Stromlo Forest pines or the white cedar forest at the National Arboretum will make for the most incredible aesthetics in Canberra.

“Scandinavian design is timeless and therefore holds value and creates sophistication,” she says.

Canberra’s obsession with Scandinavian design is less about the opening of Ikea in late 2015 – “although that helped a lot,” she laughs – and more about residents staying put or moving to the ACT because they’re after a simple life.

“Let’s be honest – it is so easy to live here,” she says.

“And I think more and more that simplicity is being reflected in new precincts, buildings and suburbs like Denman Prospect.”

“The quality of minimal architecture and interiors coming through Canberra recently is really refreshing. “Spaces such as the Arboretum, ANU, Canberra Centre and Nishi at New Acton are extremely popular at the moment.


“Minimalism is an appreciation of space and when we have less, we do more. Canberra has so much to offer – we just need to get out there and immerse ourselves in this great city.”

While the Scandinavian trend will hold strong this year, Meg predicts it will evolve in 2017 to include more exposed stone and much darker tones.

“It is of course important to keep your individuality when designing but the trends we are seeing this year are raw elements such as concrete, terracotta, greenery and dark colours,” she says.