Scandinavian design, as its name suggests, first originated in the five Nordic countries in the north of Europe. The style draws major inspiration from nature and is known for its use of natural colours, materials and minimalist tendencies.
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The people of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland enjoy spending time outside hiking, fishing, hunting and camping. It’s easy to see how nature became one with homes in these countries when their winter months are long and dark. The only solution? To bring the beautiful and elegant outdoors inside.
How did the Scandinavian design become so popular?
Today, the Scandinavian style is found right across the world and offers a perfect mix of design elements. It’s durable, so you only need to invest in your furniture once. You may have seen many home design magazine covers and pictures featuring this simple, yet effective way of home furnishing. Durability aside, this design style is also functional and reliable. The first golden age of the Scandinavian style was between the 1930s and 1970s, but the world is yet to tire of the design.
The design is considered fairly timeless. Not only does it include the main concepts that make furniture great, but it’s creative and beautiful enough to catch the eye of onlookers and make anyone want it in their home.
So how can you incorporate this design into your home?
1. Size does not matter
No matter what shape (or size) your property is, It’s fairly simple to tie Scandinavian style into your home, no matter its shape or size. Since its characteristics borderline on minimalism, it’s easy to style your home with less. If you own your property (or have an investment), consider changing the colour of your walls to grey or blue. This will help to give them a soft and modern edge. Sophistication is the signature of this style.
Of course, neutrals aren’t the be-all and end-all here if your taste is different. There are more colourful variants of the Scandinavian style you can incorporate into your home. Why not opt for a vintage 1960s look instead?
2. Bare the floors
Bare floors are one of the most known signatures of this style. Whether you have wood or indoor tile floors, you can incorporate Scandinavian style by leaving them bare without rugs or mats. Leave your hardwood exposed – carpet-covered floors were never a big component of this design. Where possible, the colour should be light and soft too. This will make it easy to match the floor and the walls, as well as help you clean up any accidental spills.
3. Crisp and sharp
Clean lines should be visible throughout the whole room or house, as concision and form are the essential elements of true Scandinavian design. This is best achieved with materials such as wood. As a natural element, wood fits in perfectly. The natural patterns found in wood are usually very symmetrical and appealing. Simplicity is key if you want your home to resemble a true Scandinavian-looking home.
4. Finish it with furniture
Once you have your structure sorted, you can move onto the final step: furniture. It may sound funny, but furniture can make or break it when it comes to this classical Nordic style. Depending on the style you chose for your walls and floors, the furniture choice will vary. Think about your decor taste. You could look at mid-century period designs available, as well as more modern pieces which will burst with colour (if you like) or conform to the calm and pastel rule-of-thumb. All furniture pieces have one thing in common, though: They’re functional and will make your home look like something straight off a magazine cover.
Is it practical as well as aesthetically pleasing?
While the organic forms and natural colours may be soothing and aesthetically pleasing, the real question is around functionality. There’s no denying the connection between the pieces and the overall meeting of pastel colours and natural patterns.
That being said, you shouldn’t forget that this design was inspired by nature and often harsh weather conditions, so the furniture was made to sustain those conditions.
By following this formula, we end up with a high-quality product with an edge. That edge is the strong, practical bent that only
With this formula, we actually get a high-quality product which with an edge. The secret ingredient, or the edge, is the strong practical bent only the Scandinavians could’ve developed. It entails using limited resources and has an optimum economy.
We can conclude that Scandinavian design is fairly practical because it makes the most out of every little detail. This makes it affordable while simultaneously being good for the economy and environment.
As you can see, the Scandinavian style is here to stay. It has both functionality and aesthetics on its side, making it perfect for any home, regardless of the location. You too can surely fit in a piece of Scandinavian style furniture into your house and witness the functionality firsthand.