If you follow any interior designers, architects, bloggers, or style enthusiasts (which I assume you do!) then you’ve probably heard of ‘Scandinavian Design,’ Everyone seems to love it, but what exactly is it?!
Here are the main things you need to know about this popular style…
This design style is the Nordic (Scandinavian) take on the modernist movement. For interior design, modernism was basically a re-focusing of how spaces operate and bringing more universal design to everyone rather than celebrating the ornate. The result was function over form, and the simplification form (which was especially apparent in furniture).
So, wait, what?!
Think: streamlined construction, clean lines, and simplified color schemes. (‘Modernism’ is basically what we refer to now as Midcentury Modernism.) The Nordic version of this style included the following features…
Typical Scandinavian design includes large areas of white, minimal decor, natural elements, simply constructed furniture, and very muted color tones. Keeping spaces light and airy was in response to the regions short days and long winters, which called for bright, practical interior spaces. The simplicity and lightness of Scandinavian design is a large part of what makes it popular today. These simple forms and light colors blend well with more contemporary styles making it easy to incorporate this type of design.
How to Find It
Identifying Scandinavian influences in design is relatively easy, if you know what to look for.
Minimal decor – no cluttered spaces here! Easy in theory, but difficult in practice. Yet when this is done right, the results are beautiful.
Simple forms – leggy furniture, simple shapes and clean lines are cornerstones of this look.
Lots of Light – white walls, large windows, whitewashed floors, textiles with muted color tones, white oak furniture, etc.
Natural Elements – indoor plants, rustic wood details, leather furniture, and hints of metal ground this look