The truth about Scandinavian design!

The Scandinavian design seems to be the most popular home decor trend in Poland right now. Unfortunately still, we don’t know much about this style. When I started to dig deeper, I realized that I also misunderstood few things. Today I would like to share with you what I’ve learned so far. If you painted all your walls white, and bought furniture from IKEA, can you already say, that you have Scandinavian-style room?  In this article you will find out about the features,  you absolutely shouldn’t identify Scandinavian design with. Cup of favorite coffee will be great company in our Scandinavian journey.

Speaking about Scandinavian style…

…I am thinking about clean lines, minimalist forms, functionality and limited palette of colors. My vision is nothing more than picture of IKEA catalog in my head.  It’s all seems to be very simple, but I have a feeling that something is missing here…Am I wrong?

Let’s start from the beginning…

As it generally used to be, art and design has been deeply influenced by the social and political landscape. The same situation we will find while searching for the roots of Scandinavian style.

Nordic designers were finding inspiration in their surroundings. In their daily work, they referred to traditional crafts and natural materials. According to them (and democratic values), we should all have the right to surround ourselves with beautiful things.

Institutions and schools established after the Second World War also supported craft traditions – in the end craft was incorporated into commercial production. Interior design standards have been raised in everyday life. The attention was paid to the aesthetics of the products. Life has become easier thanks to their functionality, also the strong handicraft tradition satisfied the emotional needs of society.

Long winters and just a few hours of sunlight inspired Scandinavian designers to create bright, light and practical interiors. Every designed product had to fulfill a specific function. Decorations were inspired by the colors of nature. This trend spread fast across all Scandinavian countries and the whole world later on.

Timeless Scandinavian style…

is based on the unchanging values. Nowadays, when we are surrounded by various styles, trends, and the best technology, we miss peace and simplicity. Wood, simple forms, available materials, colors of earth, bring us closer to nature. In Scandinavian-style interior, we feel the fresh, cool air, we are also able to recognize the scent of lakes and forests. We feel calm and safe here. Here there is no need to collect unnecessary accessories and decorations. Handcrafted goods gives this style a unique, “human” character.

The Scandinavian market promotes projects that have been developed to satisfy consumer needs. Scandinavian designers are proud of creating functional, durable and accessible products. The main idea is:”… if people need a particular item, they will be able to buy it. If this item is not functional, there is no reason it will be on the Scandinavian market.” In my opinion this is very clever, responsible and practical approach.

IKEA and the Scandinavian style…

IKEA as the main precursor of Scandinavian-style is just misunderstanding. Painting our walls white and buying catalog furniture we won’t make our interior looks like the real Scandinavian one. The i Scandinavian interior has its own character, which is a result of the values and functionality. It is not true that  there is only black and white there. Pastel room with white furniture is also not scandi. Colors of Scandinavian interiors are inspired by nature. What we will see there is the original design related to traditional crafts. Natural materials, wood, wool, ceramics, glass, leather, plants, handmade rugs and folk elements are also there.

Summing up…

The perfectly designed Scandinavian interior combines the past and the present. The uniqueness of the Scandinavian style is due to its variety. The interior of village Scandinavian house will look different, than city one. But of course, there are common elements: harmony, simplicity, functionality and nature.

I hope that the definition of Scandinavian design seems to be more clear for you now – for me it is so;)

Have a wonderful day!


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