Spring brings clarity, purity, un-layering, fresh outlooks and an urge to simplify everything! Scandinavian interiors are trending right now with their fresh-air aesthetic, quality craftsmanship and emphasis on natural light.
A cool Scandinavian palette of white walls may seem a little stark to some, but we think this example of blank canvas living perfectly illustrates how you can color a space with little more than your personality. Your existing collections of books, artwork, kitchenware and even good food packaging can create beautiful pockets of color around your home. By using rustic elements and occasional touches of color, Scandinavian rooms are restful and contemporary.
While some may immediately think of the primary blue and yellow buildings of Ikea, there is so much more to Scandinavian design than this iconic chain store. Scandinavian design extends to the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland—offering a vast and eclectic taste that personifies this design movement and is characterized by simplicity, functionality and minimalism. It is easy to understand why this is so popular when one looks at rooms designed in this manner— white wood floors make a room seem open, airy, clean, and draw much-needed attention to the interior craftsmanship of a rooms architecture and furnishings.
Offset the clean lines of modern furniture by adding patterned throws, and don’t forget that plants always breathe life into a space. In this example, the greenery is picked up by an effective choice of chair color in the kitchen. To ensure you maintain a unified look in your home, it is worth noting the subtle stream of blue accent pieces that flow throughout this space. What better way to let in the much-loved light than large windows? Large windows are common in Scandinavian designs for this very reason. Use a mixture of cushions, textiles and even tea trays from the same color family to pull your space together in an understated fashion.
Interiors reflect this by bringing in numerous natural plants, and furnishings that mimic nature through their rustic wood grain. Also, most Scandinavian homes have some sort of balcony where natural views can easily be enjoyed. The splashes of color will appear vibrant against a white backdrop, giving a cheerful, homely feel. To allow your personal items to shine, open-faced storage is a must, so this way of life may not be for the untidy amongst us! [via stadshem]