8 Sensational Secrets of Scandinavian Interiors
As one of the hottest trends in interior design, Scandinavian decor continues to attract homeowners with its clean lines, simple colours, open spaces, and use of natural materials.
This post will divulge the secrets of what makes Scandinavian design so compelling and powerful, exploring both the classic elements outlined above, new trends looming over the horizon, and even the occasional break from tradition into entirely new aesthetic territories.
So let's examine this beautiful style in all its limitless potential—and discover what it has to offer homeowners such as yourself.
1. Perfect Whites
One of the most distinguishing features of Scandinavian design is its emphasis on whites. As in this example, they provide a clean, elegant look for that sense of perfect harmony.
Minimizing colour also helps to reduce visual distractions or emphasize certain items, such as the green fruit on the table above.
2. Trending Grays
Also from the same apartment as the first example, this view reveals a new trend in Scandinavian design: the resurgence of grays.
So why the sudden shift to grays? Because they're a balanced middle-ground between white and black, two colours which have typically characterized most Scandinavian homes.
As in the photograph above, gray provides all the elegance of white, but add some variation to the mix. It also has an incredible diversity of shades but remains visually unobtrusive.
3. A Dash of Blue
While gray is experiencing a revival, blue is more of a new trend in Scandinavian design. But unlike the former, blue's role is to highlight and accent what's already there, not to take center stage.
Here we see touches of blue on the wall, pillow, coffee table, and far in the background. It lends a nice cool counterweight to the plentiful organic browns, helping to enhance this interior through a simple contrast of colours.
4. A Touch of Green
No, green is not another colour that's gaining popularity in Scandinavian decor. Instead, it (or more precisely natural greenery) remains a vital component of the style.
Here, the vase of flowers not only brings the external world into this home, but the picture-frames mounted on the wall add another organic layer, providing both the warmth of nature and a bright, eye-catching contrast to the abundant whites.
5. Wooden Excess
Organic materials have always played a crucial role in Scandinavian homes, and this kitchen is overflowing with them.
Cabinets, drawers, walls and even the microwave door—nearly everything is set in wood. Unlike some interiors which use a smoother and imperceptible grain of wood, this one prefers the vividly textured, with dark-coloured planks resembling burnt firewood. The result is visually mesmerizing.
6. Let There Be Light!
More specifically, let there be natural light.
Since we're on the topic of nature, we can discern from the previous few examples that Scandinavian interiors favor the organic and the real, which is why you often find such large windows in most homes—because they allow for the entry of natural sunlight. Plus they serve to illuminate the organic materials already present.
7. Very Roomy
Wooden furniture, clean lines, polished white floors, a blue wall, and a touch of gray on the ceiling, this interior seems to perfectly sum up all the different elements of Scandinavian design.
In addition, we can see another distinguishing factor at play: a lack of extraneous decor to maximize our sense of space. The effect is one of peace and harmony, with soft colours and a lack of overly-stimulating ornaments.
8. Cool & Cultured
Why not end on something different?
This child's bedroom is an interesting study of contradictions: on one hand, it goes against the typical elements of Scandinavian design through its absence of nature and by utilizing incredibly vivid colours, but at the same time it also features many traditional components, such as organic materials, blues, whites, and natural lighting.
Both contradictory and complementary, this room epitomizes the complex nature of Scandinavian interior design. Plus, the Thor bed-sheets are an adorable tribute to the culture which helped inspire all homes we've seen above.
Hopefully these eight examples have served to illuminate the beauty and power of Scandinavian decor to those new to it, or reinforced its appeal to those who already familiar. Either way, the style is here to stay.