Scandinavian design is much more than filling our homes with off the shelf furnishings from Ikea, it is the feeling of walking into a room and feeling a sense of instant calm and relaxation. The lack of clutter, the simple colour palette and the natural textures create the perfect ambience for tranquillity, and the importance of functionality within the design style supports the simplicity element.
Scandinavian design originated from the Nordic countries in the mid-1950s and is still a popular trend we see in homes around the world today. The founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad as well as other Scandinavian designers Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Eero Aarnio all contributed to the development of ‘Scandinavian design’ and the combined elements which creates this iconic style - beauty, simplicity, and functionality, all elements which go hand in hand.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is the Danish word for feeling content, cosy and tranquil. Hygge is a lifestyle choice which is reflected in the mind and home. A tidy house equals a tidy mind, right? I know I feel better in a tidy home and most of us appreciate a tidy desk to work at as clutter not only invades our space but also our minds.
We are helping you style your home this month with our Scandi inspired Interior Design Box! Natural materials, colours and textures all feature in this month’s subscription box so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy them!
We recognise Scandinavian interiors as a stripped back, minimalistic approach to design, white walls to emphasise the natural light, timber floors, natural textures and materials. Functional items are then used to dress the home, wall mounted photo frames to display artwork or personal photos, baskets or plant pots to hold plants to bring a sense of the outdoors in and natural textiles such as cushions and throws for comfort, all of which helps with the feeling of Hygge.
Scandinavian furniture design plays a huge part in the overall look of a space. Some of the most iconic pieces of furniture in the world are designed by Scandinavian designers, for example –
Hans Wegner, Wishbone Chair.
Verner Panton, S Chair.
Arne Jacobsen, Egg Chair.
Such timeless pieces are continuously being replicated today and are seen all over the world. Scandinavian furniture design is organic and simple just like the interior style which is why it is essential to use furniture designed with the same design ethos within a Scandinavian designed home to create a balanced look.
This design style is simple to recreate in your own home, here are our tips –
- Neutral colour pallet. Paint your walls an off-white colour to keep the room looking bright and clean.
- Use natural timber floor planks or similar. A natural light oak lvt tile would work just as well.
- A neutral textured rug will add warmth and contrast to the flooring. Try a large rug under the dining table or sofa lounge area.
- Wall art – This is a great opportunity to add personality and some colour to your space. Keep your frames minimal and the artwork simple. Checkout Junique or Desenio online for a huge range of Scandi prints and mix up your frame finishes - oak, white & black to add contrast to very simple white walls.
- Furniture – Use natural timber frames and natural, neutral fabrics and materials.
- Plants – Use flowers & plants as a way of bringing natural colour and life into the home.
- Lighting is vital in creating a Scandinavian inspired interior. Keep your windows clear of drapery and where required use voile to allow as much natural light into the home as possible. As with everything Scandinavian, lighting products are also very minimal and made from natural materials such as bamboo, wicker and seagrass.
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