Our Guide to Scandinavian InteriorsColby Morrell
Scandinavian style interior design has taken over the world with its simple and distinct look. It’s so popular that you would be hard pressed to pick up a design magazine without seeing it. The style is a throwback to the 1950’s mantra that put focus on simplicity and functionality. However, the design style also pays a lot of attention on minimalism, but doesn’t feel cold or uninviting. The goal is the exact opposite – putting emphasis on warmth and versatility and connecting the interior with nature. We like to describe the style as understated elegance.
Here’s a guide to our favorite Scandinavian design tricks and tips that can be used in any space!
Form meets function
Generally, furniture features clean lines and monochromatic color schemes. Most pieces are inspired by mid century design. Because this style puts so much emphasis on minimalism, furniture needs to be functional and versatile. This is something everyone can benefit from regardless of our personal design styles.
Light walls and flooring
Wooden floors are where it’s at with Scandinavian design. A lot of the time, these wooden floors are painted very light in hues of gray and white. This is the same for the walls. This opens up the space and reflects light, which is very important to the origins of Scandinavian design where daylight can be extremely short some parts of the year. Reflecting light and making spaces seem larger than they are is something everyone tries to accomplish in their home. Opting for a light floor and wall color scheme may just be the right thing for you!
Neutral color schemes rule this world
In the Scandinavian design realm, there is definitely a color palette associated with its designs. Whites, grays, blacks, and browns work effortlessly together to create calm and ultra clean looks. A lot of people shy away from such a neutral color scheme because it seems boring or flat. This is not the case at all with Scandinavian style. The key here is to introduce different textures in fabric and materials. Doing so keeps the space far from looking sterile or boring.
Say goodbye to clutter
This is probably the first commandment in the Scandinavian design bible. Nobody likes clutter, even maximilists curate their clutter and showcase it very specifically. The emphasis on minimalism means that storage is very important in Scandinavian design. Also, all decor is very intentional, focusing on a “less is more” style. Getting rid of clutter is something every home can benefit from.
Lighting is key
As we said above, winter months mean as little as seven hours of daylight hours, so obviously proper lighting is crucial in Scandinavian interiors. These spaces have many different light sources, from chandeliers, pendants, and lamps. This is something every room regardless of design style needs. Having different levels of light allows for better tasking and setting the perfect mood.