Concept Idea & Tips – Scandinavian

Say the word “Scandinavian home décor” and most people think it is synonymous with the famous brand “Ikea”. Looking at the items they sell or even from its catalogues, it is not difficult to picture the concept of Scandinavian design.

Common key features of a Scandinavian design:

1) Scandinavian interiors use a lot of white or light, muted colours to brighten their home due to the long and dark winters. Colours are kept soft to keep the entire ambience feeling cohesive and bright.

2) Lighter shades wood accents like pine, ash and beech are favourites in Scandinavian design. Wood are not only in their flooring but also in furniture such as tables, chairs or cupboards and even toys.

3) There is also a popular trend of brining in metallic finishes in lighting and accent pieces. Copper and brass pendants and sconces are a way of adding shine to a room.

4) Potted plants and succulents are used to bring nature into the home. A Copenhagen native once shared “Fresh flowers are not a luxury, they’re a necessity”.

5) In cold climate countries like Scandinavia, it is not surprising they use warming textiles such as sheep skins and wool throws. These add a warmth and cosy feeling to the space.

6) During winter months, there could be less than 7 daylight hours. Hence, lighting is viewed as paramount to Scandinavian interior design. Usually favouring more modern types of illumination to industrial in style, these vary from pendants, wall sconces to even candle lights.

7) Keeping the space clutter- free, clean and minimum is also prevalent in Scandinavian design. Bare walls and empty spaces are common with decor being intentional with a “less is more” mantra. As with Scandinavian ideal of “lagom”, which is a Swedish word meaning – not too little, not too much, just the right amount. They create spaces that are uncluttered yet functional and visually relaxing.

In conclusion, Scandinavian design focus on simple beauty, functionality, light and unclutteredness. It is a décor which is easy to like, especially for urbanites who like their space bright, roomy and yet functional.