One of the most appreciated interior design styles in homes worldwide, the Scandinavian design combines the beauty of simplicity with minimalism and functionality. Minimalism has become a thing to strive for in the last decades, with the growth in awareness about all the waste in the world and its consequences, as well as the awareness of how clutter affects our mental wellbeing. So, for many, choosing the Scandinavian style is a logical response to both these truths.
The simplicity of this style, called “Scandi, as a term of endearment, gives people a feeling of cleanliness, openness, ease… which in turn affects their lives in a very positive way. Furthermore, the minimalistic nature of the style gives them a clear conscience. If you are renovating or building a new home, there are several ways to achieve this style.
Choose Unique Scandi Furniture Pieces
Scandinavian décor has gone mainstream, which is why so many manufacturers have been producing furniture in this style, making it quite hard to choose. The market is oversaturated with mass-produced pieces, which may look nice, but may not give you the quality you are looking for. Fortunately, you can find stunning Scandinavian designer home furniture, that’s not only made of high-quality materials and made to last, but will also give you uniqueness, and allow you to avoid making your living room look like a furniture store window.
The fact that Scandinavian furniture is made of natural materials, such as wood and natural fabrics, is yet another reason why many environmentally conscious people choose this décor. That, completed with its clean, gentle lines, subtle curves, basic geometrical shapes, empty space under the big furniture pieces, the tapered wood legs, and so on, makes it so visually appealing.
But despite its current popularity, Scandinavian style furniture has been around since as early as the ‘30s. Like other modernist aesthetical movements, Scandi tries to simplify forms and focuses on functionality and simple attractive aesthetics, which opposes the traditional and classical styles. This is why modern Scandinavian furniture isn’t bulky, lacks unnecessary adornments and details, doesn’t take up too much space with elements that don’t have a clear function, gives way to the rest of the room allowing you to see the floor beneath it, as well as the walls.
Add Colour and Texture with Artworks and Accessories
Another very distinctive characteristic of designer Scandinavian furniture is neutral colours, which along with the clear lines provide the perfect contrast with your favourite art pieces and other decorations, allowing them to stand out and become a subtle and sophisticated background to it. This is of course something of which you should take advantage. In fact, artworks are the best way to complete a Scandi style living room, since it will not only make it more unique and express your individuality, but it will also give it something that can be best described as a theme.
Combine your designer home furniture with wall art with a colour you want to accent, and use it to tie it all together. Furthermore, because Scandinavian design furniture can go well with probably any colour or hue you can think of, use your art to tie everything together – the tones and lines of the sofa, the chairs, the stools… with the colours and shapes of the other decorative elements you plan on displaying in your home.
Once it’s time to decorate, there are several things you need to take into consideration, mainly colour, style and materials. For instance, you can choose items such as area rugs, throw pillows and blankets in neutral colours and made of natural materials for a Scandinavian décor. When you are choosing lighting fixtures you can go for ones in simple contemporary shapes, avoiding too many details or colours. You can also combine Scandi with other minimalistic styles, such as coastal or industrial design style.
Combine Scandi Furniture with Abstract Art
As for the wall art itself, you can go for almost any kind of art you want. You can choose beautiful abstract wall prints or paintings, you can go for nature-themed ones, animals, plants, landscapes, portraits and so on. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, when you are choosing wall art prints to match with Scandi furniture, don’t forget to think hard about the colour you are choosing. As a matter of fact, people will often choose art based on the colours, especially if decorating is the main purpose of your purchase. And moreover, they’ll choose abstract art, because most of us can find shapes, textures or patterns that appeal to us, whether we are art lovers or we aren’t even that much into art.
Wall art prints have become very popular lately, amongst both professionals who decorate and design homes or offices, and people who are decorating their own homes, because not only are they more affordable than paintings, but they are also quite versatile, with different sizes, with or without frames, easier to find, and most importantly, many art stores offer artwork prints, sometimes in limited editions, made by real artists, which also means you are supporting said artists. For art lovers, art prints give you an option to be the proud owner of beautiful art pieces without spending a lot of money.
Furthermore, buying art online can give you a better chance to imagine how the print will look on the wall where you want to put it, which can be of great help, especially if you aren’t someone who can easily imagine such things or a professional. Just open a photo of the abstract wall prints that you want to buy on your phone, and stand a couple of steps away from the wall when you want to put it, and place your phone in front of you.