Scandi barn chic

McDonald Jones is showcasing one of the hottest new styling trends of Melbourne
and inner city Sydney: the clean lines and warm, earthy tones of Scandi Barn.

With a focus on clean, simple lines Scandi barn style effortlessly reconciles functionality and beauty, embracing a less is more philosophy with minimal ornamentation. The use of natural timber and stone sets a subtle contrast with the neutral colour scheme of soft, muted shades of white, grey and beige for a calming, serene environment.

It’s a style that emphasises connection to our natural surrounds with large windows and glass doors. And despite its avowed minimalism, it manages to ooze warmth and comfort through the use of cosy cushions, throws or rugs.

Award-winning project home builder McDonald Jones is showcasing the trend with their Miami Grande design at Lochinvar. With a striking barn-style façade in matte black, it exudes sophisticated streetscape appeal.

We have asked Nadine Latunin, Display Home Interior Design Manager at McDonald Jones, how she created the home’s distinct Nordic inspired style.

What are the key design considerations for a Scandi barn style home? Combining natural materials and clean lines with easy functionality is always the starting point with this style. We then introduced darker walnut shades to give the home maturity, class and a nod to the mid-century. Internally the monochromatic base, white walls and floor-to-ceiling glass doors create a light and airy feel that balances the strong lines and dark tones of the exterior.

Which tones, colours and materials are the top choices for a Scandi barn style home? For this Miami Grande display home, we have used Monument Matt for the roof (Colorbond Monoclad Profile) and exterior paint (Taubmans Monument CB). It contrasts superbly with the brick feature stack in Gertrudis Brown by Austral Bowral Dry Press.

On the inside, walls painted in Taubmans Illusive White provide a softly neutral backdrop for the eye-catching Polytec Thermolaminate kitchen in Florentine Walnut with a sleek Malabar profile.

Quickstep timber flooring from the Readyflor 1 range in spotted gum grounds the spaces and complements the walnut tones of the kitchen, vanities and feature wall in the main bedroom.
It is an elegantly minimalist aesthetic with quality craftsmanship at its core.

What styling features are you most proud of?

One challenge in Scandinavian design is creating spaces that are warm and welcoming as the style is largely quite minimalist.
I’m proud of the way we have achieved this and especially the refined detailing we demonstrated in the joinery.

Talk to the experts
McDonald Jones build each of their display homes to showcase the functionality, spaciousness,
and luxury of their architectural home designs.
With high-quality crafted inclusions, premium fixtures and fittings, and luxury details indoors and out, these homes are a true embodiment of style.
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Explore McDonald Jones’ Scandinavian barn-style inspired Miami Grande design at 7 Springfield Drive in Lochinvar. Their team of experienced Building & Design Consultants are available to help answer all your questions about building a new home with the latest façades and styles.

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