Incorporating the understated elegance of Nordic style can create a sense of harmony and balance in your home. Minimalism and functionality are the hallmarks of this Scandinavian interior design style. Following the core concepts of this design style can add balance to your home.
Illumination in Imperative
Originating in a region enveloped by darkness for over half the year, with only a few hours of sunlight each day, it is no surprise that lighting plays such an integral role in this design style.
Feature a combination of several types of lighting throughout the home based on need, mood and warmth. Provide overhead lighting with modern (almost industrial) style hanging pendants. Set the right mood in areas requiring dimmer lighting with wall sconce. Let the warm glow of flickering candles embrace you throughout the residence. For example, Place candelabras on a table in one room, display a votive candle in another.
Functional Furniture with Form
Sturdy and functional furnishings are comprised of smooth curves, sharp angles and clean lines. Select sofas and chairs in natural hues and mid century modern style tables with smooth rounded edges. Innovative and stylish, multilevel and sized wall shelving provide visually appealing storage solutions for your home.
Keep Floors Light & Windows Bare
Typically windows are left bare, allowing as much light as possible to enter. If you must apply a shade lighter fabrics, such as sheer and linen, are recommended.
Forget carpet, this Scandinavian style favors hardwood flooring, primarily left its natural color or painted white. Pale colors give the appearance of increasing space and allow more light into the room. In the frigid homeland, heated tiles are the flooring of choice in most home bathrooms.
Neutral Colors & Simplistic Decor
Strictly using a neutral color palette of black, brown, white and grey provides a calming look to every space. Decorative accents remain simple and add either texture (such as animal textiles) or subtle color (blues, dusty pinks and deep sea greens, are popular) to a space. Generally, walls remain white directing attention to art and furniture
Living Beauty and Color
Including elements of living beauty and color are principle factors in Nordic design. The concept is commonly achieved by displaying fresh cut flowers and succulents in various spaces around the home.