What is Scandinavian Design?

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Scandinavian Design emerged in the 1950s to describe interior design from the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. It is a design movement characterised by simplicity, minimalism, and functionality.

According to Wikipedia, at least.

Essentially, the vibe is simple. A lot of whites with stark black differences. The idea is to have a  minimal utilitarian feeling. Lots of raw wood is used. The use of greys does wonders here. Perhaps layer it on for the Scandinavian cold with sheepskin blankets and pillows, both of a very neutral palette. Fire would often become a natural part of the aesthetic in the Scandinavian design due to all the snow and the white outside.

Furniture are usually simple and monotone. Sofas and recliners are usually in white, beige, grey, or black. Sometimes, grey on white or grey on beige fabrics could work too. But the core idea is to keep it simple. IKEA stores have some of the best designs in this area, as IKEA itself is truly of Scandinavian origin.

Design Principles

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Choosing a limited number of colours and then adding light to them is the standard way of designing powerful presentations in Scandinavia. Using tinted colours is also common. Monochrome black, white and grey colours work best. Introduce some light wood for that vintage look.

Retail theory teaches you how to decorate different areas of your home and it can come in really useful when you are planning to decorate walls, windows, or different types of furniture in your house.

Theory of the Triangle

Place the decor items in an invisible triangle. Repetition is another thing that works great for the eye. Repeating different colours, textures, or patterns balances everything and ties in everything neatly together in one package creating a consistent look.

Creating Colour Consistency With Your Walls

Pick out a wall that needs some art and give it a makeover. You can also replace your older pictures. Measure the area you want the pictures to be so you can find pictures that fit the space perfectly. Play around with it. Once you are happy with the layout of the frames, pick some posters too. Pin everything on your inspiration board before starting to work on them. Lay them out on the floor first before mounting them on the wall.

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Again, the trick here is monotone and repetition. Black and white or sepia images fit very well.

Systematic Planning Can Help You Over The Long-Term

It is suggested that you approach your home decor in a very systematic and structured way so that you can ensure you only bring things to your home that you actually want. It all starts online. Start bookmarking or pinning all the ideas that you love so you can take inspiration from it when you want it. Once you have the plan ready, it’s time to get out there and start working!

Avi Arun is a full-time SEO, tech, and marketing geek. He likes writing/blogging and views them as the purest expression of his ideas and imagination. An MBA and Digital Marketer by qualification, Arun also likes to try his hand at anything that appeals to him. He is especially fond of London, Languages, and Literature– in that order! You can get in touch with Avi Arun at linkedin.com/in/aviarun
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