Clean lines, simple color palettes, natural materials—these are some of the many elements worth loving about Scandinavian interior design. There’s a sense of minimalism that a lot of people love about European, and more specifically, Scandinavian design, and this style can frequently be used interchangeably with what we see in America as being a modern aesthetic.
Here are six quintessential Scandinavian design elements that I love:
- The Neutral Color Palette: Neutral color palettes work beautifully regardless of your style, and they can feel soothing, timeless and versatile.
- Incorporating Copper: Copper is just starting to regain popularity here in the states, but it’s something that’s been used in Nordic design and country houses for quite some time and on a continuous basis.
- Focus on Functionality: Above all else Scandinavian design tends to be centered around the idea of functionality, which means no overly fussy or uncomfortable furnishings in sight. Instead, furnishings and decor are simple, comfortable and utilitarian.
- Lots of Light: Nordic design demonstrates an appreciation for all things natural, and that includes natural light. Rather than covering or shielding windows with heavy drapes, this design style often leaves windows bare and lets any available light come flooding in.
- Rich Texture: While many classic Scandinavian designs may feature simple and neutral color palettes, there’s plenty of visual interest and dimension thanks to the inclusion of varied textures. Whether it’s a fur throw or a knit pillow, combining textures can keep a Nordic-inspired room feeling cozy and layered.
- Furniture with sleek, interesting lines: While a lot of Scandinavian furniture may feature relatively simple lines indicative of modern style, there are also rooms that include the unexpected, for example a chair that feels like a sculpture or a work of art.