Scandinavian Style Today
It’s no secret that Scandinavian design has started to make its mark on the American design industry. From the appearance of small boutique shops catering to this niche to the explosion of IKEA, the look is everywhere. Whether or not this is a passing trend, or will revolutionize American design remains to be seen. Nancy Price of Nancy Price Interior Design has always appreciated the fundamental elements that define Scandinavian design. In some cases she’s borrowed certain concepts from that school of design and blended them with her own sensibilities to create innovative new looks. But what is it that defines Scandinavian interior design? And how have those aesthetics changed over the years? It is important to recognize that while certain design elements from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands overlap, each place has its own unique identity alongside the shared characteristics with the other areas.
Wood is a dominant material in many Scandinavian designs, but metals and plastics are also used too.
Geometric shapes and patterns are common. Organic shapes are also commonly incorporated into designs.
Function and durability are of utmost importance when it comes to the thought process behind interior furnishings. Beauty comes in the form of the choice of materials, shape and the function of a piece. The thinking behind Scandinavian furniture is clear, and the minimalist approach is its own kind of distinct beauty. Scandinavian designs can be identified by; clean lines that are usually either curvy or boxy, expert craftsmanship, impeccable execution from every angle and organic forms. Wood is one of the most common materials for Scandinavian furniture, but metals and plastics are beginning to get incorporated into these designs as well.
Because these Scandinavian territories are gray for so much of the year, natural light is important in the design of any interior space. Many homes encourage natural light by installing large windows that face the land, and by selecting colors and materials in their interior spaces that magnify that natural light.
Traditionally the colors commonly associated with these Scandinavian spaces include: white, off white, blue, blue-gray and black. However, some modern spaces are starting to incorporate other soft colors into this palate. Neutral colors and muted tones are common, while bold colors remain fairly uncommon in excess. The key to recreating the Scandinavian style is to be extremely mindful of moderation. This concept permeates all aspects of the societies found throughout Scandinavia. Interior design is no exception when it comes to this way of thinking.