The connection with the outdoors is very important in Scandinavian interior design. This is partially why practically all Nordic houses and apartment have large windows. They let in natural light which is very important in the décor because it makes the room look bright and open and this complements well the minimalism but they also provide views of the surrounding area.
The balcony is a very important element. Almost all apartments and houses have balconies, terraces or decks. Even the smallest ones have one. It’s a way of connecting the inhabitants with everything that’s surrounding them and also a way of opening up the home onto the exterior. Most balconies are small but this doesn’t make them useless.
Even the smallest balcony has room for a chair and maybe even a table. Here one can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or can simply relax and enjoy the weather. In general, Scandinavian balconies are not enclosed. If they were, this would contradict the whole design and all the features we’ve described here and in numerous other articles. There are however exceptions.
In that case, the balcony looks like any other room of the house but with more windows and usually more potted plants. In any case, the balcony or the terrace in Scandinavian design is an extension of the indoor living space and usually there’s some sort of cohesiveness between the spaces.