The Scandinavian style, born out of one of the coldest parts of the world, includes furniture made out of pine, with tones and and serious lines that have been inspired by the fjords. It is serious, yet also a very warm style.
The decorations that we appreciate today made with the Scandinavian style are actually a legacy from a classic style that Sweden’s King Gustave the 3rd imposed as well as the light and comfortable style from the 1930’s. However, it was during the 1950’s when this style really became successful. After the 1950’s, the 1960’s and 1970’s, this particular Scandinavian design style reverted back to the interior decorating and design world. The Swedish preferred this style, along with the Icelanders, Danish, Norwegians and Finnish, as this style was very well-known for its elegant and simple shapes, which helped to preserve a very attractive and functional character.
There is a lot of wood included in Scandinavian designs, and is actually the main material that is used. When going through kitchens and bedrooms, you can find wood all over the homes, with this preference being justified by the fact that wood is very prevalent in Scandinavian countries. Therefore, wood is a major component with most decorating objects and pieces of furniture that are characteristic of this type of design. Wood can be found in cupboards, dressers, beds, wardrobes, benches, tables and chairs, with all these furniture pieces being very attractive and highly functional. The furniture, wardrobes and floors all feature light shades of wood, with is normally being painted a pale color so that more light is rendered.
This wood presence may also be translated via a balance of durability, costs, textures, colors and shapes. The Scandinavian style, in addition to the emphasis it places on natural appearances, also focuses on light as well. All light essences are promoted by it, in fact, like maple, oak or pine. The styles also features certain neutral materials, like leather, stone and glass, that are combined with wood for a very distinctive look.
If you want to use this style to decorate your home with, the backgrounds can be resurrected using neutral colors that have less naive prints, with the major colors that are used being blue and green. The furniture’s sober lines may be sweetened using sheets or leather or long carpets and you can also hang opaque paintings on your walls, to emphasize the furniture’s chromed steel and natural wood. That is how to make contrasts.
To achieve a genuine Scandinavian design style, colors are needed that give the suggestion of snow, with the most relevant ones being blue and green, but light colors do need to be used. However, you should not use pure white, but instead use very light shades of ivory or pink. Sweet gray shades may also be used. If you would like to have contrasts as well, strong colors should be used with painting, but furniture should be in lighter shades.
Another thing that is very important with Scandinavian homes is light. Up near the North Pole, short days require you to make good use of it. Suspended lamps or one that have support have a very artistic appearance that cheep up the whole room that you put them in.