Scandinavian Style

 

Thanks in no small part to Ikea, Americans have embraced the unpretentious elements of Scandinavian style that makes any interior bigger and brighter by using clean lines, large windows and uncluttered spaces. Here are key elements to use when trying to get "the look".

  • Color (or the absence there of) is inate to the homes in the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and the reason - like Scandinavians themselves - is purely practical. Winter days are short and the season seems to drag on forever. So white, or very neutral colors such as gray, help maximize natural daylight. White curtains, curtain sheers and lace curtains are elemental to this concept, and let the sun shine in.
  • Furnishings tend to be neutral as well, though a pop of cheerful color is not unexpected, most notably on accents such as pillows. Sofas and chairs embrace clean lines, natural materials and neutral colors to create furniture that offers comfort. Wood that is painted white is common, but so is natural wood in simple, modern and unadorned styles. Scandinavian farmhouses - the epitome of enduring practicality - have greatly influenced Americans' obsession with reclaimed wood pieces and old farm implements. Repurposing everyday simple items for new uses appeals to our sensible desire to recycle and reuse.
  • The hearth is truly the heart of the home in a country where the climate so strongly dominates every aspect of one's lifestyle. While ultra modern fireplaces and freestanding stoves styles are popular, very ornate old stoves are commonly seen in the kitchen or living areas and are lovingly appreciated for their decades of service and nod to tradition. The stoves and fireplaces tend to be very vertical and were placed most often in corners where they were kept out of the way of foot traffic. Grand fireplaces are more European or American in nature and designed to be a focal point of the decor and room design, but to Scandinavians a fire is an essential element that is crucial to the comfort of the home. Open spaces with fewer walls make it easier to heat

  • Floors, too, are kept to plain and simple and use materials that area easy to maintain. Flooring is usually wood in very natural stain colors. Interestingly, carpeting has never really caught on in these countries where one might think they especially need warm floors. Wood is often carried, as well, onto the walls or ceiling to add warm and texture to a room devoid of frills.
  • Seamlessly connecting the inside to the outside is important in Scandinavian design. Floor to ceiling windows help take away the barrier between these two spaces. While winter days are short, the long days of summer are most enjoyed outside and outdoor entertaining is an integral part of Scandinavian lifestyle.
  • DECLUTTER! If it's not essential to the room and doesn't offer a practical purpose then you probably don't need it. Forgo a bouqet of flowers for a simple vase with a single bloom or a tidy topiary in a natural clay pot.

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Victorian era,
Scandinavian decor
Scandinavian cottage
style
Clean style &
modern comfort
White lace with
grey, a hot trend
Look how these
curtains were hung!
         
   

 

 

 

    

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