The interior design that never seems to go out of trend – the Scandinavian. It’s hard not to see why. Bright, airy and gentle on the eyes, there is a certain air of modern elegance in a cozy Scandinavian styled home.
A design that holds a strong connection with natural elements and a quirky love for abstract pieces. That is, perhaps, the biggest reason why many are able to pull off their rendition of an inviting, cosy home.
With the basis of Simplicity, or some would say Minimalism, the Scandinavian interior design blends textures, soft hues and a genius play of lines and simple furnishings.
Clutter? Non-existent in the Scandi dictionary. Each piece has its function.
The origins of the word ‘Scandinavia’ first came to light as early as the 18th century. It is a collective group of countries in Northern Europe. Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland are some examples of Scandinavian countries.
Appeals that oozes right from the images. ‘Serene’ is the word that is very apt to describe Scandinavian countries. Calm on the eyes, warm on the insides. The famous Scandinavian home interior design is heavily inspired by the lifestyle and vast, uncluttered nature of the Scandi countries.
People want to go home feeling cosy and void of bulky furniture. Search for images of Scandinavian countries and you can easily tell this style’s most common hues and shades.
The idea sounds simple and straight to the point, something you can pull off with some help. If you can squeeze some time to change things up before Christmas, here are some 5 must-haves in a Scandinavian home interior design.
1. ACCESSORIZE WITH WARM TEXTILES
Summers in the Scandinavian countries are between 8°C and 16°C, with winters averaging around 0°C. Naturally, it means that their homes are often decorated with warm textiles and layerings.
Warm textiles can vary depending on the room it is presented in. Throws, wool carpets, curtains, cushions, soft fabric furniture, etc. Materials that make you feel warm and cosy just by looking, let alone with touch. Naturally inviting and definitely good for winters.
Warm textiles are necessary for cold countries or countries experiencing the four seasons. For tropical ones with summer all year long, the warm textiles might just make you feel more stuffy. Designing a Scandinavian home interior style is still possible, by choosing fabrics that are more summer-friendly.
2. SIMPLE DECORATIVE PIECES
With neutral painted walls, decorative pieces in a Scandinavian style home stand out easily. They become instant focal points and hence the need for them to be simple in order to maintain the clutter-free look.
Simple is far from boring in the Scandi context. They value functionality. It’s about finding pieces that are both functional and cleanly designed.
A touch of elegant ceramic. A comfy Ottoman. Or cushion pillowcases with geometric prints. They are often the add of life, but still within the subtle colours of the Scandinavian style.
Modern and contemporary pieces fit the Scandi style very much. It allows space for statement pieces that homeowners can use to portray their unique personalities.
Splashes of high contrasts are the hallmark of a Scandi designed home. The Ottoman above is an example of a simple decorative piece, standing bold against a silvery grey room. With just the addition of this velvety Ottoman, it adds colour, warmth and a tinge of luxe to the room.
3. LIGHT IT UP
One thing to note about the Scandinavian home design is the huge portion of windows. Their windows are usually bare of heavy curtains, maybe a thin linen for some privacy. Natural lightings are more welcomed to cascade their home’s beautiful interiors.
Allowing more natural rays to get in easily makes a space more inviting. They accentuate the clean lines of Scandi designs effortlessly, expressing different moods at different times in the day.
Elsewhere when lights are needed, they are designed with a purpose and only meant for that purpose. For instance, the dinner lights are hung lower for the sole purpose of illuminating food on the dining table only.
Design-wise, clean. The Scandi lights lean more towards geometric shaped, steel or brass materials that portrays their distinct elegance and luxurious vibe. Certain industrial or mid-century designed lightings can fit in well in a Scandi home interior design too.
Similar to the image above, Riverbend Home has a 3-piece set pendant light that will fit well above the kitchen island, against your grey or white kitchen walls. A classic brass and black combination, a mix of mid-century and scandinavian.
You are able to adjust the height accordingly, a generous range from 11’’ to 68’’. There is a neat light diffuser at the bottom that reduces unwanted glare – another plus point. It is compatible with LED bulbs, which you will have to purchase separately.
4. WOOD AND METAL FINISHES
We’ve seen how metal finished items can enhance the sleek interior. But be careful not to have too many of them.
In a space of plain white/beige/grey walls, minimal fixtures and metal undertones, it can be a rather cold environment. Hence, the importance of introducing wood elements to inject some life.
It’s the harmony of materials that makes a Scandi home appealing and timeless.
Wooden elements in flooring, furniture and on walls help to warm up a Scandinavian home interior design. It keeps the colour palette minimal while adding the coziness and brightness in a room.
The rounded wooden-rimmed mirror, just from its shape, becomes an eye-catching functional decorative item. We see them in bedrooms, in the showers, down the hallway – anywhere. It’s a great piece to give your space that airy spacious feeling too.
Fancy yourself a chic round mirror with wooden rims like that? Well, you can.
The wooden frame around Kate and Laurel Hutton’s mirrors are constructed with quality, solid wood and 4 kinds of finishes to choose from.
Reviews for this item are remarkably positive. It comes with two hangers that are already installed. Simply hang your mirror whenever you are ready to display them.
Image Credit | AMAZON
5. FRESH PLANTS & FLOWERS
A Scandinavian home is never complete without indoor plants and fresh flowers. An essential natural element to liven up your interiors. Also, a chance to tease another color to your palette.
Drawing that connection between you and nature. Plants have a therapeutic, calming effect on (most) people. In fact, the pandemic has caused a blooming interest in being an indoor plant parent.
So go ahead and choose a couple of easy indoor plants to care for, like the snake plant.
For the numerous number of times Daisies have appeared in the Scandinavian interior, it can be said to be the unofficial Danish national flower. You’d find them in the streets, people’s lawns, fields and even along highways of Nordic countries. Grow them if you have the means to or get a small bunch from the nursery.
Choice of vase or pots plays a rather huge role in plants and flowers decor. They matter as much as the type of plant or flower chosen. Stick to brass, ceramic or clear glasses to fit in with the rest of your Scandi interior.
Once you have some fresh plants and flowers in, you might itch to get more. Well, DON’T. Too much plant pots around may cause a bit of clutter.
Always remember, balance.
DREAMING OF SCANDINAVIA
Now that you’ve gotten a bit of an idea of what pieces and color palette there is to a Scandinavian home interior style, would you have a go at it?
There is much to consider despite its known simplicity. But designing your home should be fun. See how you can incorporate your personality into it.
A Scandi home should feel free, not bare. Warm, cozy and welcoming. Do not be afraid to layer in some colours and materials to your Scandi home!
If you need more inspiration or have the urge to geek about this timeless style more, I would recommend you Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic Homes, Interiors And Design by Angel Trinidad. The book shared a joyful amount of Scandi home images, with real testimonies of those who live in them and those who are in the creative community.
Now, ready to design that Scandinavian home of yours?
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