Scandinavian style: simplicity and comfort in decoration

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THURSDAY, february 29, 2024
The typical Scandinavian interior is all about finding the balance between functionality, coziness, and aesthetics. In authentic Nordic charm, its minimalism is influenced by nature. Embark on a journey of discovery to incorporate Scandinavian elegance into your projects.

In the picturesque lands of Scandinavia, where the cold embraces nature and simplicity is a philosophy of life, borned a style that has transcended borders and conquered hearts and homes worldwide: the Scandinavian style.

“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

William Morris, British designer

Imagine yourself in a cozy home, where natural light dances gently over light surfaces, and each piece of furniture is carefully chosen to balance form and function. This is the essence of Scandinavian style, a unique approach that transforms the ordinary into extraordinary, transporting the warmth of nature into interior spaces. 

In this article, we will travel through the Scandinavian style, exploring its distinct characteristics based on its cultural roots. Moreover, we'll discover how this unique style can transform your interior design projects.

A journey through the roots of Scandinavian style

The Scandinavian style stands out as a timeless pearl, an approach that transcends geographical boundaries. 

Originating in the icy lands of northern Europe - Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway - in the 20th century, this style of interior decoration has become more than an aesthetic; it's a philosophy of life that transforms spaces into cozy and functional refuges. This style is a response to the complexity of the modern world, celebrating beauty in simplicity. 

At the heart of Scandinavian design is this approach that prioritizes functionality without sacrificing beauty. It is an invitation to simplify, to embrace light, nature, and the warmth of home. 

Thus, neutral colours and luminosity have pride of place. The elegance and sophistication of neutral colours reflect  the natural light that varies throughout the seasons. This colour palette creates a serene and welcoming atmosphere. 

Furthermore, in the Scandinavian style, the intrinsic relationship with nature is evident in every element. Each element brings organic beauty to interior spaces, from furniture materials to fabrics. Cozy textures add layers of comfort, creating a feeling of warmth and coziness.

The 4 fundamental characteristics of Scandinavian style

The key features of the Scandinavian style make it possible to create functional and visually captivating spaces.

1. Neutral colours and luminosity: Scandinavian colour palettes are not just aesthetic choices but an intelligent response to the variable luminosity in these regions. Therefore, whites, grays, and earthy tones allow spaces to be visually enlarged while reflecting and maximizing natural light, creating bright and welcoming areas. The challenge is to choose the right colours for each project

2. Functional and minimalist furniture: Scandinavian furniture declares functionality and elegance. Each piece is chosen for its aesthetics and practical usefulness. Clean lines, simple shapes, and the absence of unnecessary details are hallmarks. Interior designers find simplicity and "less is more" powerful tools for creating organized and efficient spaces. 

The Ghadames sofa from ALMA de LUCE is a comfortable contemporary option for Scandinavian decor, as it has a lighter, functional, and minimalist design, which is characteristic of this style.

3. Cozy textures: in your interior design projects, textures are crucial in creating luxurious atmospheres. Amasunzu dining armchair will make all the difference in a Scandinavian-style dining room, enhancing the cozy textures that create layers of comfort and sophistication. 

4. Integrating nature: the Scandinavian style is deeply connected with nature by incorporating plants and decorations inspired by natural areas. This integration adds an organic touch and promotes a sense of calm and well-being.

How to apply the Scandinavian style to interior decoration

The Scandinavian style can be prominently adapted to different rooms in the house. Let's explore incorporating the Scandinavian essence with practical, straightforward tips for four areas: living room, dining room, office, and bedroom. 

The best way to start is with a moodboard. This practical tool guides specific furniture choices, colour palettes, and decorative elements. The moodboard acts as a visual map, ensuring that every detail chosen is aligned with the initial vision, resulting in a cohesive and successful execution of the Scandinavian style in each room of the interior design project.

1. Living room: cozy conviviality

The colour palette can be primarily white and grey, with touches of mustard yellow in details such as cushions or an armchair like the Mousgoum from ALMA de LUCE. This modern armchair features an exclusive embroidered pattern that reflects the best elements of your living room, adding a touch of warmth and delicacy. When it comes to furniture, opt for a sofa with simple, minimalist lines to ensure the room is in harmony.

Textures, such as a fluffy rug or a wool blanket, create comfort. The space will be perfectly finished off with hanging lamps.

2. Dining room: functional elegance

Start by integrating a table with a wooden base and a marble tabletop, like the Bonsai dining table from ALMA de LUCE, keeping the colour palette neutral. Enhance the lighting with a lamp over the table to provide soft light. 

Finally, add natural elements to give it an organic feel, particularly through the materials of the chairs. Wood is an excellent choice for maintaining cohesion and connection with nature.

3. Office: quiet efficiency

In a space where creativity, productivity, and concentration should emanate, keep the walls white and choose a minimalist work desk in light gray. There are also other elements you can consider. You can include a sofa or an armchair for your client to use for short breaks during working hours. For a smaller space, the option could be the Phu Cau chair from ALMA de LUCE. If you have a larger home office area, you can use a sofa like the Tulip sofa.

Also, remember to add touches of soft colour to your Scandinavian-style office design with cushions or decorative pieces.

4. Bedroom: serene refuge

Starting with the colour palette, you should opt for walls in neutral tones and bedding in white and light blue in the bedroom. Light blue is associated with a sense of calm and serenity, creating a tranquil atmosphere conducive to rest, which is desirable for a bedroom. 

The furniture should be cozy, with a bed with a wooden headboard and simple bedside tables. You can also introduce natural textures like linen cushions or knitted blankets. Finally, lampshades in light tones will create a soft atmosphere.

Get inspired and create a Scandinavian-style project

At the heart of the Scandinavian style is more than a charming aesthetic. It is a tale of simplicity intertwined with nature, where natural light is the protagonist and natural elements are co-authors. 

By embracing simplicity, comfort, minimalism, and the connection with natural elements, Scandinavian style is not just a passing trend but a timeless philosophy that transforms spaces into cozy refuges, offering an invitation to live in an elegant and uncomplicated way.

Are you ready to start exploring the Scandinavian style? See some inspirations on ALMA de LUCE's Pinterest that best suit your needs, your tastes, or your client's desires. Also, we will help you to create exclusive and current projects that win over your customers with this style!

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