Welcome to week number four in our series, Most Popular Design Trends For This Decade.
This week we are taking a closer look at Scandinavian interior design and how you can achieve this timeless look within your own home.
When the average person envisions a Scandinavian home they think of Ikea. But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Scandinavian interiors. Scandinavia is often defined as the countries of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. This interior style is characterized by minimalism, simplicity, and functionality. Although this motif has been around since the 1950s, it still remains a very popular trend for interiors today.
Scandinavian design focuses on clean lines, minimalism, and functionality without forfeiting beauty. It first came into play in the middle of the 20th century, around the same time as the Modern design trend. The lack of clutter in this style made it immediately popular and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
So what is exactly Scandinavian design and how do you achieve this look in your home?
A Scandinavian-style home abounds with appeal and character. However, in this interior design concept it is all about form and function. Furniture pieces do not have ornate or excessive detailing. Modern, clean lined, solid pieces are much more common place, and are a defining element.
Neutral, light and muted colors are paramount. In the Scandinavian region, winters are long and dark so interiors are often painted white to help keep the spaces light and cheerful. When colors are used they are kept inconspicuous and soft to help keep the entire room feeling unified and bright. If any window treatments are used, sheer or translucent ones are preferred to let in as much light as possible.
Scandinavian style decor is kept to a minimum. Often the walls are left bare and spaces left empty. This design layout relies on a few perfect pieces to tie the complete look together. Quality is always considered better than quantity. A “less is more” philosophy is applied when decorating a room.
It is well known that Scandinavians have a love of nature and so nature has become a huge design influencer. Live plants are often incorporated indoors to connect the outdoor environment and liven up spaces. Potted plants are seen everywhere to give a fresh and pleasing aesthetic to the home.
Let there be wood…lots of wood. Whether it’s on the floor, on the walls, or used to make toys, Scandinavian design includes a good amount of wood within its interior spaces. But not just any wood will do. In keeping with the light theme, the woods used in this concept are usually light woods, like beech, ash, and pine.
Warm textiles keep your home feeling cozy. When decorating with blankets or pillows, don’t go overboard. Scandinavian tendencies do not use a lot of these when decorating. But the ones that do get included are both comfortable as well as a stylish and add texture when they’re not being used.
Lighting is everything. …fixtures are absolutely vital and everywhere when it comes to a Scandinavian look. The classic style of lighting for this type of design is a mix of modern bordering on the edge of industrial.
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