There is something about Scandinavian design that resonates with home owners, designers and decorators. What’s not to love? Clean, simple lines, minimalism, functionality without sacrificing beauty are all elements of Scandinavian design. Part of the appeal lies in how aspirational this specific design style feels. The uncluttered nature and brightness evoke a sense of calm that so many people are missing from their daily lives. After leaving a stressful day at work, the idea of returning to a home devoid of heavy furniture and clutter feels particularly appealing. These are just some of the reasons that Scandinavian design is so popular and while design trends come and go, the Scandinavian design trend is one with staying power. Let’s look into what makes Scandinavian design.
Scandinavian interior design is a style that originated in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland in the mid-20th century. It’s characterized by a minimalist, functional, and aesthetically pleasing approach to interior design that uses natural materials, neutral colours, and simple forms to create a warm and inviting space.
Some key elements of Scandinavian interior design include:
Use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and textiles such as wool, linen and cotton.
Light and neutral colour palette, with white as the dominant colour.
Simple, clean lines in furniture and décor, with a focus on functionality and comfort.
An emphasis on natural light and a connection to the outdoors, often achieved through large windows and open floor plans.
Decorative items are kept to a minimum with an emphasis on functional objects such as lighting and storage.
Often confused with Modern design Scandinavian design is in fact a design style all of its own. Scandinavian and modern design are both styles that emerged in the 20th century, but there are some key differences between the two:
Overall, while both Scandinavian and modern design share some similarities, such as a focus on functionality and a minimalist aesthetic, there are also some key differences that set them apart. Scandinavian design is characterized by its simplicity, use of natural materials, and attention to detail creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is both functional and visually appealing while modern design is defined by its focus on innovation, technology, and bold design elements.
Overall, the principles of Scandinavian design are focused on creating functional, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing products that are rooted in the region’s cultural heritage.
Scandinavian design has produced some of the most iconic and influential furniture designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Here are some of the most famous Scandinavian furniture designers.
These designers have had a major influence on the development of modern furniture design, and their work continues to be highly sought after and appreciated by design enthusiasts and collectors.
The PK24 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm is a classic design with an elegant floating seat.
Use natural materials. Incorporate natural material such as wood, stone, and plants into your outdoor space to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Keep it simple. Stick to a simple colour palette of neutral tones, such as white, beige, and grey, to create a clean and uncluttered look.
Focus on functionality. Choose furniture and accessories that serve a purpose, such as comfortable seating, functional lighting, and storage solutions.
Create a connection to nature. Bring the outdoors inside by incorporating elements such as potted plants, herb gardens, and natural wood accents.
Incorporate texture. Use textured material such a s woven baskets, rugs, and cushions to add depth and interest to your outdoor space.
Use clean lines. Incorporate furniture and accessories with clean, simple lines to create a cohesive look that is in line with the minimalist aesthetic of Scandinavian design.
Add light. Make use of natural light as well as artificial lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, even after the sun goes down.
By incorporating these elements in your outdoor space, you can create an outdoor oasis that is inspired by the clean and functional aesthetic of Scandinavian design.
The Turin Line
The craftmanship and fine details of the Turin line make it one of our best sellers. This teak collection offers endless possibilities for combining modules to meet your specific needs. All the pieces in the Turin line are flexible and foldable making them easy for storage. The scale of the Turin line makes these pieces a great option for smaller patios or apartment/condo patios where space is an issue.
Outdoor seating in Scandi style best describes the Pembroke. The neutral colour, clean lines and attention to detail make the Pembroke stand out. The black aluminum legs add just a touch of modern flare to the scandi-vibe. The Pembroke line is as comfortable as it is stylish making it the perfect outdoor seating set to enjoy the warm summer evenings.
This lounge armchair screams Scandi! The Kira armchair is the result of skilled craftmanship. The design is classic and has been refined for many years making it a stand-alone piece great for indoors or outdoors.
The Lilja was created for comfort in Scandi style with organic rounded lines in natural teak. The natural elements of the Lilja convey elegance in their curved detail. The curved angle of the seat creates a comfortable position that makes it far too easy to relax in for hours. Available in all teak or with a synthetic rattan seat and teak frame the Lilja is truly a statement piece.
With the summer months quickly approaching and we look forward to making the most of the long summer days why not keep in mind these Scandinavian style tips when creating your private outdoor space. The focus on nature and pared-back style might be just what you need to help you decompress and take a breath this summer.
Are you looking for high-quality outdoor furniture? Cottage Culture in beautiful Hensall, Ontario is here to help! Our team of of furniture experts can assist you in finding your perfect piece of scandi-style outdoor furniture. With free styling and layout consultations and white glove deilvery service we are here to help you create your personal backyard oasis!
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