Elements of Scandinavia

Monday, January 27, 2014


I’m a big fan of Scandinavian design. I love the smooth lines and unique sculpturing of furniture. And how simplicity and minimalism are key to creating a fresh and serene interior. There are many ways of bringing elements of Scandinavia into a home. It could be with a coffee table with a uniquely sculptured base like the above. Or an animal skin used as a rug or thrown over a couch or chair to soften an area.

Black, grey and white are often used as a base in Scandinavian interiors. Warmth is added with timber, leather, woven baskets and textured cushions, rugs or throws. And a touch of nature brought in with potted or hanging plants.

Above is an example of how the look can be achieved. Comfort and functionality are important so choose major pieces carefully. Go for a simple square look couch and a uniquely shaped chair. Pieces that encourage sitting back with a book or enjoying a view from a window. Then work the other elements in around it. A simple based floor lamp. A pair of vases with a sleek design to compliment the unique shape of a coffee or side table. A hint of colour brought in with a throw rug or cushion. An unusual looking plant like a string of pearls spilling out of a woven hanging basket. And baskets or an enclosed sideboard cupboard to conceal items and keep the streamlined look.

Below are a few looks that demonstrate Scandinavian style. There is a feeling of space to the rooms. Even pictures are framed with negative space around the image.

For more examples of Scandinavian interiors take a look at the blog Scandinavian Retreat. It’s filled with beautiful Scandinavian homes and will give you ideas on how the look can be achieved.
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