Scandinavian design began in the 1930’s and it belongs to modernism but it differentiates itself from it by using more natural materials and innovative techniques to fabricate objects in series at reasonable prices. The purpose of Scandinavian style is improving day-to-day life with useful and beautiful objects. The first golden age of this type of design went on from the 1930s to the 1970s and it provided certain values that still inspire the style today such as durability, functionality, simplicity and reliability.
Today, Scandinavian style is still a strong influence in the home décor and furniture market and brands are finding new ways to modernize the look. In recent years, minimalism became warmer with the use of wood and hand-made objects. According to Tara Ballantyne, style and food editor for Style at Home: “Scandinavian design is clean and relies on lighter tones to combat darkness when the sun goes down so early”.
Since this style uses mostly neutral and cool colors like white, gray and blue, you can play with textures to add dimension to a room. Different textiles, woven poufs, shaggy carpets and big or small cushions will complete the décor of a bedroom or a living room.
Moreover, plants are a great complement to a Scandinavian décor. Cactuses, ferns and succulents are the best fit for this style and they will bring color and a natural element to a room. Don’t forget to incorporate wood to your rooms. Why not go for cladding on walls and even ceilings to create texture and warmth?
Adding an outside room is also a great idea to steal from the Scandinavians. According to award-winning architectural interior designer Staffan Tollgard, they “generally love a connection with the outdoors so you’ll find a balcony or terrace in even the smallest apartments. These are usually […] used for grilling and entertaining outdoors during the late light nights of the summer”.
In the end, whether you wish to create a whole Scandinavian home or just find inspiration in this style, it’s all about pure style that is centered on warm functionality and clean lines. The use of light is considered to be extremely important, and many Scandinavian designs are characterized by the use of earthy muted tones, robust materials and minimal ornamentation.