Scandinavian influences have been popular within Australian design for some time now and it doesn’t look like the fascination with this design style is going way anytime soon. Scandinavian design is a timeless style that features simplicity at its best, making it increasingly popular for our relaxed Australian lifestyle.
Originating in the 1930’s Scandinavian design showcases how simple design can be highly functional and improve the user’s day-to-day life. Scandinavian interiors feature minimalism, simplicity & durability, creating a confidence that the space will stand the test of time. This is evident in the designs of Scandinavian designers such as Hans J. Wagner, Poul Henningsen & Arne Jacobsen, whose designs are still relevant today.
Here’s how you can create a Scandinavian interior within your home…
Simplicity is core to Scandinavian design! Whether through the use of materials, layout or colour palette, don’t overdo it. Select a few key features that are most important to. Cutting back on the number of accessories and object in the room will de-clutter the space and make you focus on your ‘hero’ pieces.
Light is one of the most important aspects within Scandinavian design. Due to their geographical location, Scandinavian countries experience long periods of time throughout the year, enduring days that only see a few hours of light. Therefore light is carefully considered. Natural light is important. Allow as much natural light to enter your space as possible to give you an interior that is warm and inviting. Use finishes and colours that reflect the light rather than absorb it to make your space appear larger. Include different levels and layers of lighting within your interior. For example, incorporate table or floor lamps to give you mood lighting, as well as general lighting from pendants that let the light flow throughout the entire room. Think Poul Henningsen’s PH Lamp series that throw light downwards, as well as out to the side and up onto the ceiling.
Whites and greys are featured heavily within these interiors. Lighter colours used on surfaces will reflect light around the room, making your space feel brighter and more open. Muted colours or pastels are also used as subtle accents. Playful pops of colour are sometimes used in small amounts within accessories or objects, such as wall hooks.
Timber & Texture
Timber is seen in all Scandinavian interiors and is a vital element. The texture of timber makes Scandinavian homes feel warmer, especially in light to medium tones or with a white/lime wash. Oak and pine are the primary timber types used. Timber finishes are usually unfinished or matt to remain honest to the materials raw form. Timber is not only used as flooring but can also be seen used as wall cladding, within furniture, minimal joinery and objects. Pairing timber with soft furnishings like leather, fur and natural linens and your space will instantly feel warmer and more comfortable.
Graphic & Typographic Prints
It is uncommon to see an image of a Scandinavian interior without seeing at least a few simple prints, either leaning against a wall, on a floating shelf or simply hung on the wall. Prints make the interiors more interesting and a little playful. Bold prints of simple design are also common on cushions and blankets.
With Spring on our doorstep and armed with these tips, now is the time to incorporate a Scandinavian style to your Interior Design. Here's some inspiration to get you started...
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