While Scandinavian style is one of the major home design trends of 2014, the style, for many, is much more than a trend. It’s an embracing of the simple, modern life. Of a lifestyle that doesn’t require quantity so much as it craves quality. Through the use of neutral color palettes (and lots of white) and careful attention to impactful details, Scandinavian styled homes are clean, bright, and inspiring.
To illustrate this, let’s check out a gorgeous Scandinavian style apartment located in Warsaw, Poland. The apartment was designed by Soma Architekci and is 1,400 square feet (large for urban standards, small for more suburban areas) and is simultaneously rustic and modern, bright and cozy.
Clean lines and repetition of simple patterns throughout (for example, the zig-zag of the corner floor lamp, the black and white chevron rug, and the metal leg supports on the Eames dining chairs) keeps the space unified.
A very tight, neutral color palette of white and greys, punctuated by light woods, keeps the apartment feeling fresh and open.
Leaning toward minimalist, exposed details gives the entire space a cool, industrial vibe. In the kitchen, open shelving above and below the countertop provide both functional storage and decorating options.
Because a small apartment requires maximum efficiency in use of space, the bright, well-lit hallway includes a wall full of cupboards, drawers, and closets – all painted white so as to maintain stylistic simplicity. A functional bookcase with floating shelves provides depth and storage as well.
In the bedroom, the light, neutral color palette continues. A vertical-print wallpaper and leaning mirror open up the space visually, and furnishings are kept to a minimum. The space is warmed up with wood frames on plenty of black and white artwork.
You can’t go wrong with an exposed, winged lightbulb lamp, can you? (Answer: No. No you can’t.)
A second bedroom is crisp, clean, and simple. Someone has an eye for fantastic design details in a monochromatic space – like the chrome-edged open shelves and red casters on vintage-looking wooden toy box.
A home office space doubles as a music sound room and, in a pinch, a bedroom. One accent wall is both textured and painted black for maximum impact. We love the rock-n-roll vibe of the area rug.
Mirrors are a small space’s best friend, and this bathroom showcases why. The space is light, bright, and appears twice as big as it actually is. A sleek modern glass shower and painted-brick black tile add edgy sophistication.
Although the apartment is far from cluttered (quite the opposite; it’s extremely well edited), every nook and cranny is carefully thought out to be well utilized. Like these shelved inches next to the toilet.
Wouldn’t you agree that a brightly serene space like this would be a refreshing one to come home to at the end of the day? I myself could spend a lot of time here, quite happily.