Trending 2016: 5 Scandinavian Style Setters For The New Year
With the rising global popularity of Scandinavian-inspired decor it’s hard to keep track of what’s in and what’s out.
But don’t worry; we’re here to lend our expertise.
As 2016 gets underway it brings with it new directions in interior design—new materials, new colours, new textures, new ideas. In this post we’ll explore the five latest trends in Scandinavian decor.
- Wooden Charms
Simple and natural wooden furniture, most notably chairs, are back in vogue. Here, they add the classic charms of nature to a modern interior.
There’s no need for further embellishment with such furniture—their beauty lies in their simplicity.
- Captivating Copper
Source: Unity Interior Design Pte Ltd)
This ubiquitous metal is taking off in Scandinavian design. In the preceding photos, we see that its rough, unpolished surface brings an industrial edge to this contemporary home, clashing beautifully against the smooth and polished piano.
But this next example aims for a different effect.
As opposed to the rough-shelled exterior of the first lamps, these gleaming copper lights are a mix of modern and industrial, sleek and rugged.
Their brown hue gives them an urban edge while the elegant pendent framework imbues them with a classy, almost late-Victorian appearance.
- Gorgeous Grays
Till recently Scandinavian interior design had steeped itself in clean whites and murky blacks, colours which harmonize aesthetically with their minimalist attitude.
2016, however, goes for a compromise between the two: gray. Here we find the rich colour in its many diverse shades and splendors, revealing its flexibility in both the living room and kitchen area.
While gray helps preserve the minimalist approach of Scandinavian interiors, a simple glance at either picture exposes just how subtle and varied it can be, not only in its shades, but also its use in materials and texture, including the chrome counter-tops, wooden door and walls, to the rug on the floor.
- Beautiful Blues
Gray’s not the only colour making a splash. This year blue is the new black, although compared to the former its purpose is somewhat secondary.
While gray is meant to be used as a broad paintbrush, blue is utilized to accent and emphasize.
In this example we see how the two colours work together beautifully: those small but careful touches of blue serve to highlight the grays, and while the latter is neutral in tone, the sheer contrast between the opposing colours helps to bring it out.
Neither one seems to dominate the other: they just blend into one gorgeous aesthetic.
- Art—Without the Pop
Another new trend this year is the display of monochromatic art and works of a limited colour palette. Not only does such an aesthetic conform perfectly with Scandinavian decor and its insistence on minimalism, but it also compliments the pervasive use of black and white for interiors.
Furthermore, because such art is restrained in its use of colour, it blends into the surroundings rather than jumping out and grabbing our attention. This idea is best illustrated by the next image:
The framed quotation’s incredible simplicity sums up this trend: it’s plain, monochromatic, and its colour helps it blend seamlessly into the wall. In other words, it’s just part of the decor and not the main attraction.
Hence, art without the pop.
5 trends for the year 2016. Metal, wood, colours and art—each has its allure and all have one thing in common: the simplistic beauty of Scandinavian interior design.