Designing Interiors: Scandinavian

Scandinavian style isn’t going anywhere. This décor trend favours minimalism and functionality, but unlike pure minimalist design, Scandinavian interiors have a whole lot of hygge. The Danish term for cozy and inviting is everywhere you turn these days.

HISTORY

Scandinavian design began its rise in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and Norway during the 1930s, and gained widespread popularity during a Nordic design tour throughout North America in the mid-50s. Furniture designers, such as Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen, also shone a light on this new wave of easy living.

Simplicity is a key theme, as is improving everyday life. Natural elements add warmth, and cool colours create a fresh palette.

THE LOOK

Simplicity, layers, warmth, natural materials, fireplaces, purpose, soft hues, hygge, cozy, less clutter, light wood tones, texture, contrast, modern furniture, natural light, candles, versatility, comfort.

 

THE FEEL

Home is a retreat, with textured blankets inside and the mountains outside. Here, friends and family are always welcomed into a cozy scene. Whether you fancy hot chocolate or red wine, Scandinavian style is both casual and sophisticated.