The essence of the Scandinavian design is functionality and simplicity, which was also the foundation stone of the mid-century European designing. Hence, most of the houses built during that time had maximum inlet of natural light, were spacious, serene and most importantly imparted a feeling of being connected to the mother nature. An extreme medley of trends from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, Scandinavian interior designs basically highlights natural elements, neutral color palettes by keeping simple and straight lines and deriving optimal functions out of each and every part of the décor.
TEXTURES & COLORS
A lot of contrast is used to highlight certain things. Natural materials like leather, wood, stone and hemp are also used. Clean lines make the interior seem uncluttered and spacious.
FINISHES & FLOORING
Maximum amount of woods is used for the floors, walls and ceilings of the rooms, except for the bathrooms.. Wooden furniture is preferred; however, plastic furniture is also being used these days.
ACCESSORIES & ACCENTS
This minimalist style promotes the design philosophy “less is more.” Accessories are usually scaled back to create less clutter and fewer visual distractions.
HISTORY OF THE SCANDINAVIAN DESIGNS
Plato once said ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and it is actually the philosophy behind the Scandinavian designs. Most people in the Scandinavian regions stay in small houses, which explains their choice of minimalistic style. Besides, these regions also experience long and harsh winters with minimum hours of sunlight forcing people to stay indoors, they try their best to develop an ambience for the full ‘hygge’ experience by making their homes airy, with every object reflecting as much light as possible.
PRINCIPLES OF THE SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN
The key principles of the Scandinavian Design are minimalism, simplicity, one should be in complete harmony with their surroundings. To follow these principles, the designers mainly focused on interior designing with lighting, textiles, furniture, and other regularly used items like cooking utensils, silverware, and linens. There is always a strong relation between the nature and the design elements of Scandinavian interiors. A lot of contrast is used to highlight certain things. Natural materials like leather, wood, stone and hemp are also used.