What are the key elements of Scandinavian interior design?
The key elements of Scandinavian interior design are relatively simple to replicate. First, minimalism is a huge part of these design choices. Scandinavian design leans more towards light, simple colors and minimal decor and furniture. Wood is another addition you will notice in Scandinavian homes, as well as statement pieces in regards to decor, and designs that are multifaceted and functional.
There are a variety of ways to incorporate Scandinavian design into your everyday life. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Ways to incorporate it into your home
There are a variety of ways to incorporate Scandinavian design into your home through decor, furniture, the paint you choose, and much more. Picking the options that best go with the personality of your household will help to keep the design unique to those who live there.
Declutter your space
The first step to creating a Scandinavian interior to your home is to simply start by decluttering your space. This can be a difficult task, especially if you feel extremely connected to your belongings. It can be hard to decide what you should get rid of and what you should keep.
A good rule of thumb for decluttering is to categorize your belongings into categories– what you use often, what you rarely use, and what you do not use anymore or have never used. If you are interested in learning more about the art of “Tidying Up,” Marie Kondo has a great series on Netflix and a book that outlines how to tidy up more easily.
Adding a refresh of light paint to your home can make all the difference when leaning towards Scandinavian interior. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Refresh your paint
A quick refresh of the paint in your home is a quick and easy fix to change up your interior design. Aiming for light, neutral colors is a great way to add Scandinavian design into your house, as well. Choosing darker accent colors is another great way to incorporate Nordic vibes into your home. Look for colors like white, cream and gray for walls, and dark blues and blacks for accent pieces.
Adding texture to some of your walls or accent places can be a great way to includeScandinavian design as well. This creates depth and detail amongst a more or less minimal space.
Look for different materials that will make your home warm or soft when you are choosing decor and furniture. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Play around with different materials
Try to think outside of the box when it comes to the materials of your furniture and decor pieces. Leather, wood, cashmere, wool, and stone are all great places to start. Begin thinking about your furniture and decor as elements– are you looking for warm or cold? Soft or tough? Once you start to look at things from that angle, you will begin to see your nordic home come together.
Aim for natural
Scandinavian homes generally look very natural in all ways. There are a great deal of plants, natural materials, natural colors, and nothing too show-offish. Scandinavian homes look effortless, as if somehow they created a beautiful, perfectly curated home without trying too much at all.
When looking for decor, aim your search toward natural looking sculptures and art pieces that look like they could be found in nature. Looking for art pieces that incorporate earthy colors is a good option to stay in this realm.
Choose statement lighting to double as a decor item. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Choose statement lighting
Lighting is a huge part of Scandinavian architecture, because you want to keep your space light and airy, and that depends on the lighting you choose. Choosing statement lamps or light fixtures can ensure that your house remains minimal because they can double as a useful lamp, as well as a decor item. Double use items are a great way to delve into Scandinavian design, because it helps you to stay with minimal items in your space.
Choosing functional items in your home will always be better than items that only create clutter. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Functionality over aesthetic
With Scandinavian design choices, functionality trumps aesthetic everytime. This is because it is believed that unnecessary clutter only fills emptiness in a home, but emptiness should be embraced because it creates minimalism. Choosing functional items will also make it easier to redecorate, because you have furniture that are statement pieces and staples to decorate around.
Picking a coffee table that doubles as a chest to hold blankets, or one that has shelves is a perfect example of multi-faceted and functional furniture items. This creates more space elsewhere and hides items that are not currently in use.
Adding a vintage piece will add character and depth to your space. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Incorporate vintage pieces into your furniture
Adding vintage wooden pieces into your furniture selection is a great way to add some old into the modern vibes, and add the warm notes that are present in Scandinavian interior design. A vintage wooden closet, a wooden desk, or a wooden door are all great additions to add a more natural texture into your design, create depth, and to bring character into your home.
Scandinavian design is timeless, yet trendy. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
There are so many options when it comes to adding Scandinavian design into your home. Selecting pieces and changes to your house that reflect your family and your home environment are most important when it comes to choosing an interior design theme for your home. Picking practical furniture and design choices will be something that you thank yourself for in the long run, as well as selecting pieces that are timeless and not just a trendy piece. Luckily, Scandinavian design is pretty timeless, in the sense that it is minimalistic and modern, yet has pieces of warmth spread throughout. The possibilities are endless!