Living in Finland for a year had me obsessing over the simplicity and clean lines of Scandinavian design, along with furs aplenty for a harmonious and cosy living space. Boy, do they do it right. With sub zero temperatures an absolute given during the winter in all of the Scandinavian countries, interiors needs to be cosy yet highly practical to cope with the demands of winter and the gear that comes with it.
Scandinavian interior design can also be referred to as Nordic interior design. They share many similarities and it’s a key interior trend that is seen throughout these countries and largely adopted across the world for its sheer simplicity and minimalism.
What Is Nordic Interior Design?
Nordic interior design is characterised by a minimalistic style. Lots of textures and soft, neutral tones are used to create a cosy, yet calm interior. It prioritises functionality in a space, whilst incorporating clean lines and simple furnishings for an uncluttered and cosy space. It combines that need for a minimal, yet cosy space, the one thing that makes Nordic interior design so popular.
Across Scandinavia, there is a lot of apartment living so this interior design trend is able to adapt and work perfectly for smaller spaces. Emphasising functionality in the space, whilst keeping it minimal.
Nordic Interior Design Ideas
There are so many interior design trends circulating, past and present, yet Nordic design is one that you could probably easily imagine in your head. From the soft, white furs, neutral hues, wooden furniture and clean lines. Here are some Nordic interior design ideas you can create in your own home.
The colour palette is an important one for Nordic design. It focuses on understated colours only such as muted tones of taupe, ivory, and sage. However, it is not unusual to contrast with colours and materials for a functional look. This Airbnb in Tampere (where I used to live) is Nordic interior goals. They have nailed the contrast in colours, yet the small apartment is highly functional, making use of every corner they have whilst still looking spacious, and minimal.
Perhaps, the pull of Nordic design itself is the cosy, ‘hygge‘ esque home we’ve all seen, pinned and loved on Pinterest. Where the design uses lots of muted tones, warmth and contrast needs to be introduced with texture to create a balanced look.
Key ways to incorporate texture are through rugs, throws, cushions and of course, those faux fur throws for benches, seats and sofas. In Scandic countries it’s very acceptable to use real reindeer hide and sheepskin throws as they provide unparalleled warmth from the harsh, Scandic winters.
Less, Is Less
When it comes to decorative accessories, less really is less. Decorative accessories are carefully picked in Nordic interiors, but are minimally placed. Simple candles, small vases with clean lines, strategically placed books and ornaments are a driver in Nordic design. The pursuit to a Nordic interior is a much easier one than other trends. There really is a set guidelines that can help you nail this trend easily, plus, there’s less you need to buy for one too!
Well shaped furniture with clean lines forms focal points in a Nordic room. The dining room is a pivotal part of a Nordic home, one that is enjoyed for leisurely breakfasts, family and relaxing. In a dining room that has muted tones, contrasting with a dark, or wooden dining table makes a dramatic statement. Pair with wishbone chairs for a Nordic inspired look. The clean lines on these chairs are modern and eye catching.
Nordic design leads with function, then aesthetics. Where minimalism is key, you need to let the purpose and role of the room lead with the design choices. Think function for each room and what you need, then don’t do anymore than that.
In this Nordic apartment they have the key pieces of furniture, and have added shelving with practical, clean lines for some minimal accessories. And, that’s it. It’s a perfect example of a Nordic room. A simple, no nonsense yet stylish space. What more do you really need?
There is no faffery when it comes to Nordic interior design and it’s a style that I absolutely love. Homes can become so cluttered with every latest interior release. But Nordic interior design leads with purpose and style, and is highly functional for smaller spaces too. What do you think of this interior design trend?