I am loving Scandinavian style design lately. The Nord’s really have it all figured out. Not only do they design beautiful homes, they also design beautiful humans.
How do they have it so down? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s the fact that they spend most of their time indoors avoiding the Arctic Tundra. Either way, I’ve scoured and scoured some more to bring you the top 5 things that I’ve found consistent with this type of design.
Scandinavia refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden–and, according to Wikipedia, sometimes Finland and Iceland (I guess kind of like how Y is sometimes a vowel?) Anyway, take a look at any Scandinavian Inspired room and you’ll see lots of the same elements repeating.
Here’s what I’ve noticed:
- White White, Baby
White is almost always the main color that these rooms are designed around. But when paired with lots of natural light and natural elements (like wood and plants), and many different textures, the rooms never seem too sterile.
2. Awesome Light Fixtures
Nordic light game is strong. With such a heavy white base, interesting light fixtures help to make the rooms more dynamic.
3. Black Accents
This is probably the element that draws me to this type of design the most. I love me a good black accent piece or wall. They know just the right amount to add while still keeping a room light and airy.
They always bring plants & wood into their rooms. If you scroll through the photos i’ve shared so far, you’ll find at least one of them in nearly every photo.
Texture is of huge importance. Not only because it warms a room up and makes it feel livable, but also because if you’re going to spend all day cuddling with Alexander Skarsgard, you need lots of nubby and fuzzy textures to choose from.
The bottom line with Scandinavian Design, at least from my point of view, is that it’s always “Just enough but not too much.”
Just enough white, but also just enough black or other accent colors to balance that out. Just enough plant life & natural elements to warm a room up, and just enough texture & layers to create a cozy vibe.
If you’d like to shoot for this type of look, stick with these 5 elements + you’ll be well on your way to being a Scandinavian Sorcerer.