It can be particularly difficult to tell design styles apart, especially when contemporary can mean so many different things. This style dates back to the 1970s and borrows elements from many other aesthetics, including Scandinavian. In fact, a lot of Scandinavian interior decors are generally described or perceived as being simply modern or contemporary without being identified as pertaining to a specific style category. That’s because for example a Scandinavian living room looks timeless and, by extension, fits the contemporary design aesthetic. Let’s check out a few specific setups to see why that is.
The Scandinavian style is defined by minimalism and a preference for everything simple, pure and uncomplicated. This is reflected in the choice of colors, materials, finishes, furnishings and pretty much everything else.
A Scandinavian living room, even a small one, doesn’t look cluttered. That’s because there’s no overabundance of accessories or unnecessary furniture and yet that doesn’t make the space seem bare or empty.
Scandinavian living rooms almost always have white walls. This is actually a design detail which applies to all Scandinavian interiors, regardless of the room’s function.
As far as the color scheme is concerned, a Scandinavian living room often features light nuances and earthy tones. In this particular case, the walls are actually not white but light grey which is reiterated in the form of stylish coffee tables.
Scandinavian-style homes are also often defined by a strong connection to the outdoors so, naturally, a Scandinavian living room would have access to a balcony or a terrace.
You can also expect a Scandinavian living room to have wood flooring. The wood is usually very light in color and sometimes treated with grey oil which takes away the yellow hue in the case of pine or oak.
Cool grey and blue accents are often colors which complement a Scandinavian living room’s white walls and ceilings. In this case, the flooring is white too. This gives the room a very airy and spacious appearance.
Considering the white walls, light wooden flooring and lack of accessories, you’re probably wondering how Scandinavian living rooms manage to remain welcoming and cozy. Well, the different textures involved in the decor have a lot to do with that.
Obviously not everything we mentioned so far has to be valid in order for a living room to have that Scandinavian charm we love so much. This space, for example, doesn’t have crisp white walls or light grey furniture and yet it looks pretty Scandinavian. That’s because the light wooden flooring and overall simplicity compensate for everything.
The focus in a Scandinavian living room, like in most contemporary spaces for that matter, is on function. Of course, the aesthetics aren’t neglected either. There’s just a smaller emphasis on the amount of decorative features compared to other styles.
When decorating an attic or mezzanine room, the Scandinavian style is your best option. Everything that defines it also helps to maintain a clean, airy and spacious appearance which is just what these spaces need.
As mentioned before, texture is important when dealing with a Scandinavian living room. Yes, the space has light wooden flooring and simple white or light grey walls but instead of being discouraged by this simplicity you can take advantage of it and introduce layers of soft fabrics and even cool patterns into the decor without worrying it will look too busy.
A lot of times we seem Scandinavian living rooms being accessorized with light fixtures or accent furniture which complement the white walls and simple decor with beautiful metallic elements. A few gold touches often make a space look exquisite.
As far as the furniture and light fixtures are concerned, Scandinavian-style spaces usually show a preference for classic pieces with simple and iconic designs.
Not all Scandinavian-style spaces lack color. In fact, there are pretty cool ways to bring bold and vibrant colors into such a space, taking advantage of the fact that the white walls are like blank canvases.
There are plenty of ways to create a Scandinavian vibe in your living room. A particularly great option is a corner fireplace, the tall and cylindrical kind which blends in rather than stand out.
Wood brings texture and warmth into Scandinavian decors but a similar effect can also be achieved through other means such as for example brick walls or certain colors, textures and finishes.
One thing we find particularly interesting in the case of Scandinavian interior design is the attention given to the lighting. The windows are not covered by heavy, thick curtains and the pendant lamps and chandeliers are beautiful and eye-catching without being too ornate.
In spite of looking simple and not containing a lot of furniture or accessories, a Scandinavian living room always looks welcoming and comfortable. It’s one of the things which make us love this style even more.
There are many clever ways to maintain a simple and airy look in a living room without compromising on storage. For example, check out these bookshelves.
In order to be successful in creating a Scandinavian living room design you first have to learn how to declutter a space. You need to simplify it as much as possible and get rid of unnecessary items without also giving up style.
By maintaining a simple and neutral color palette inside the living room you can allow the focus to be on the views outside. It’s a strategy which can be used not just when adopting the Scandinavian style but in general.
Another characteristic of Scandinavian interior design is the fact that it emphasizes clean lines and the overall architecture of the space. Of course, this is all done while maintaining a minimalist appearance.
It’s amazing how much of a difference can the color of the walls make regardless of the style of the interior design. It’s easy to see this when comparing a Scandinavian living room to a traditional or mid-century modern one.
A combination of wood, metal and simple fabrics is all you need when decorating a living room or any other space in the Scandinavian style. Add to this list an array of simple and neutral colors and a few bring and vibrant little details and you have a recipe for success.