Scandinavian interior design & why we simply can’t get enough of it
Scandinavian interior design as a style is best described as light, functional with elements of nature and clean lines. The philosophy is deeply rooted in the notion that great design is made for everybody. Scandinavian interior design isn’t just about a beautifully curated home – it’s about combining design, functional living and designs that stand the test of time. Here’s why we (and the world) simply cannot get enough of it.
A SHORT HISTORY OF SCANDINAVIAN INTERIOR DESIGN
ROOTED IN BAUHAUS
Scandinavian interior design has taken the world by storm. Well, actually it did in the 1930’s, and the world still can’t get enough. The style that we call Scandinavian interior design today has its roots in the 1930 Stockholm Exhibition. A national exhibition to celebrate design and architecture.
During the Stockholm Exhibition, new design ideas were presented. These ideas were based on the Bauhaus-movement, founded in Germany around 1919. The Bauhaus movement was based on the vision of creating designs based on the needs of society, where functionality was the common denominator. The Bauhaus style was in direct contrast to the more lavish designs of the time. Today we believe the functionalism style originates here. And not just functionalism, but Scandinavian interior design as a whole.
SCANDINAVIAN INTERIOR DESIGN IN THE MAKING
During the 1950s, Scandinavian designers started to embrace the idea of functionalism and coined the term “democratic design” – that is, interior design to servce all classes of society and all kinds of homes. Scandinavian interior design was to fill a function and was to be beautifully crafted design that everyone could afford. This idea was new for the time and it was right then and there, Scandinavian interior design started to take shape.
It was then, from 1930 to the 1950s, that many of our design classics came into being and started to put Scandinavian design on the world map. Alvar Aalto designed a vase that would go on to become a timeless icon and Nisse Strinning invented the popular String shelf. All these designs helped to shape the Scandinavian designers of today. Today, Scandinavian design is still based on the idea that function and design are not mutually exclusive.
SCANDINAVIAN INTERIOR DESIGN TODAY
Functionalism and simplicity continue to shape what Scandinavian interior design is to this day, and although we have always valued good craftsmanship, it is increasingly characterized by our interest in sustainability. We want to invest in honest crafts made from natural materials such as wood, glass, stoneware and leather.
To this day, we immediately think of Scandinavian interior design as shades of white and grey. However, recently, we have seen a more luxurious take on Scandinavian design where darker colours, black and brass details have taken centre stage. However, regardless of style, Scandinavian design stays true to its functional and minimalist roots.
HOW TO BRING A TOUCH OF SCANDINAVIAN INTERIOR DESIGN INTO YOUR HOME
A Scandinavian interior-style home is often described as light, minimalistic with plenty of open space. In our opinion, that is not too far from reality. However, what makes a Scandinavian home a Scandinavian home are often the carefully selected pieces that add personality, placed with the intention of creating an inviting space for yourself and guests.
Scandinavian homes often apply the principle of ”less is more”. Each piece in the home should have a function and make the home cozy and warm. You will always find candle holders and tea lights to brighten up dark evenings, as well as flowers and plants to add a touch of nature. Textiles in the form of blankets and pillows made the home comfortable and inviting.
How to make your home a little more Scandinavian in 5 simple steps:
Give your home a more Scandinavian feel in 5 simple steps.
Remove the clutter
Less is more in Scandinavia, but this doesn’t mean you have to get rid of absolutely everything in your home. Think about what you favourite pieces are and get rid of the things that don’t serve a purpose. Not every surface needs to home an accessory, candle holder or vase. It will make your home look cleaner, calmer and free up space. Pick only the pieces you really love.
Embrace the space
Enjoy the space in your home. Let your home be a space to calm your mind in an increasingly hectic life. Place furniture strategically, based on how you use your space. Experiment with slightly unexpected placements. Try, for instance, pulling our sofa out from the wall and into the room, just a couple inches. This will make the space feel airier and more modern.
When investing in design, go for pieces you can see yourself living with a long time. Especially when it comes to the staples. A classic Scandinavian design lamp will keep its value and can be just as modern today as it was 50 years ago.
Let it take time
Your home won’t be done tomorrow, next week or even next year for that matter. Enjoy the process and let it take time. Learn about what makes you feel good in your space and don’t make it perfect. The casually placed souvenir on a living room shelf can be just as Scandi as the Louis Poulsen lamp above your dining table.