Exploring the Scandinavian Trend

Scandinavian style has become one of the most admired ones worldwide, check out Pinterest (or IKEA) if you don’t believe me.  Who can resist that sublime elegance that blends warmth and coziness with functionality and clean lines, captivating us with its pure beauty?  Scandinavian-style interiors include: simplicity, functionality, light, nature, and the use of beautiful materials.  We continue to see this being done through; white walls, sheepskin throws, wood furniture, copper accents, and natural textures.


White Walls

The philosophy of keeping things simple, pure and beautiful means all you need is white paint.  Not only is this great news for those who want to save money,  but also for those who can’t make up their mind on furnishings.  Expect to see white walls or small splashes of cool colours such as light grey and blue when researching, “Scandinavian Homes”.   Your cool colours will come out more in accent walls and glass backsplashes.

 

Light Floors

Make your floors a priority as the texture and colour under your feet is equal in importance to the walls surrounding you.  White oiled flooring is a popular go-to as the wood is both natural and light in colour.  This contributes to expanding the space and inviting in more light.

 

 

Lighting

Hard to spot a Scandinavian home that doesn’t put natural daylight on a pedestal.  It is so essential to our well being, and we tend to be happier when there is more of it. Make sure that your windows are large and kept clear of obstruction.  Get rid of heavy curtains and keep your window sills free from ornaments.  If window coverings are needed, opt for sheer floaty fabrics.

 

 

Form & Function

The way to keep up the simplicity of a Scandinavian interior is when function is present alongside the design, that way space is used efficiently and spaciousness can be maintained.  A perfect example of this would be replacing your dining room chairs with a bench.  In terms of furniture, clean lines are it.  Sofas, tables, and chairs embrace mid century modern tendencies with smooth rounded edges and natural hues.

Benches:

  1. Provides a simple, clean dining area without the crowded look of cramped chairs around the table.
  2. Allows you to seat more guests, making it more practical for your living space.
  3. The number one rule in Scandinavian trends is to declutter, get rid, or hide all knick-knacks.  Don’t panic yet, if you’re having a hard time throwing your “valuables” away, purchase a bench with extra storage space.

 

 

• Accessories

Know that less is more, its always better to scale back in accessories and deal with the clutter in your home.  This keeps your space looking clean and visually relaxing.  When in doubt, choose something “outdoor” related to decorate your space.  A perfect example of this would be incorporating branches into your decor.

Branches:

  1. Gives off a rustic vibe
  2. Has a lot of texture
  3. Can be used as room dividers

 

 

Warm Textiles

In cold climate countries, the decor material comes in the form of warming textiles such as sheep skins, wool or mohair throws and soft cotton.  Not only do they provide adequate amount of warmth and coziness, but they also add another layer of texture to a space.

 

 

Wood + Metal Finishings

Wood is not only used in flooring but also decoratively in furniture such as dining and coffee tables.  Bringing metallic finishes in lighting and accent pieces is also a popular trend.

 

 

 

 

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