We’re nearing the end of the coldest month of the year and with Christmas and New Year all over and done with, the end of January is often a rather quiet and downcast time. So, today on the blog we’ve decided to embrace the cool, crisp, wintery weather, whilst we take our time to appreciate the beauty of Scandinavian design; a culture and style that relishes in the charm of nature and winter.
Let’s explore some of the key features of Scandinavian design and discover how you can recreate this gorgeous style in your home.
Simplicity is key to achieving a beautiful Nordic décor scheme. Scandinavian design focuses on creating a pure and practical space where the family can go about their daily routine with ease. Minimalist style is very popular, with many designs using clean, uninterrupted lines to form an open and functional interior. Kitchen styles, such as Handleless Gloss, would fit seamlessly into a Nordic home, with the sweeping units giving the room an understated and elegant finish.
Throughout the winter months the days in the northern hemisphere are extremely short, with only a few hours of daylight. Unsurprisingly, the use of light is very important in Nordic design, with many interiors focusing on creating bright, well-lit spaces. Light coloured wood floors and soft walls are perfect for constructing the illusion of lighter, larger and more spacious rooms. Under unit lighting is great way to brighten up the worktop areas in your kitchen, whilst overhead lights can add an abundance of style and sophistication to your dining areas.
With many cold, dark winter nights being spent at home, comfort is very important in Scandinavian design. Soft furnishings, such as rugs and throws, are a great way of making a room feeling cosy, whilst also providing a platform to experiment with different colours and patterns. If you’ve got the space, lay a large rug over the dining area to add warmth and texture underfoot. You could even try to squeeze in a comfortable armchair or a small sofa, creating an area where you can relax in your multifunctional kitchen-diner.
Do you love simple, Scandinavian design? We would love to hear about your Nordic home.