Scandinavian design is currently a big trend, but why? Discover some simple ways to adapt these ideas to transform your living space in a positive way.

The origins of “Scandi design” 

As featured in AD report about the origins of the Hygge trends, the origins of Scandi design take us all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century, and especially the 1950’s, when the Scandinavian ideals of social democracy started to exist where the modern, clean lines, combined with neutral colors in the interior design were a symbol of social democracy, where the beautiful and functional objects should be for all. These trends were a social and political response to the “romantique” trends of the past – that were closely associated with aristocracy, that didn’t quite fit with the ideas of democracy that the society wanted to aspire to, during the post-war period. But it was also closely associated with the nordic way of interpreting decor, as this trend started in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden; expanding later to the rest of the world. Thanks to the nordic cold and dark climate – there was the need of creating spaces that used warmer materials such as woods, combining them with light colors and open spaces – with the goal of getting as many comfort and brightness as possible.

These ideas about design and space were captured and disseminated by influent names of design such as: Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and Eero Aarnio. These designers have took functionalism to other level, and made it sophisticated and intemporal, creating objects of desire that are nowadays icons of design worldwide.

A special way of interpreting the living space

Scandinavian design can take many forms, but the most important of them all is that it is a new way of interpreting the living space, based in important concepts such as functionality, minimalism, light, warmness and comfort. By using a neutral palette of colours, combining them with organic materials and using decor that is simple and natural it is possible to create the perfect space that asks to be lived, a true refuge for the soul and the eye. The idea of combining simplicity with sophisticated elements, pieces with craftsmanship and history, it is possible to create a place that tells a story about its owner while creating an environment that is intemporal, universal – and this is partly why Scandinavian design continues to be featured worldwide.

How to recreate the Scandinavian style in your home?
1. Start with a color palette

Neutral color chart, beige and grey

Define some neutral colors that would look good in your home and start building a design ground from there. Think about the color of the big upholstered items, the wallpapers, the wall paint and the floor.

   2. Natural materials
Scandinavian solid wood sophisticated  living room

For a Scandinavian living room with texture, use a good textile sofa and solid wood furniture for a sophisticated look.

Wool, ceramics, wood, leather – natural materials will add the texture and warmness that will complement the neutral ground you have created. Invest in some good pieces of furniture that will showcase details of craftsmanship, adding a special character to the space. Frank is an example of a solid wood furniture piece that combine elements of craftsmanship with the solidity of wood, and the functional, minimal lines that characterize the Scandinavian trend for living spaces.

3. Less is more

Open spaces are usually more welcoming than overstuffed spaces – embrace this minimal trend, organize your belongings and make sure that the items you showcase are the ones you really love. This will set you free of having to display loads of things – and give you the opportunity to invest in quality, rather than quantity.


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