Elegance Meets Minimalism – Nordic Inspired Interiors
If there is one word with which we could describe Nordic interior design (or even entire Nordic culture), than this word would be efficiency. By being able to distinguish between necessary and superficial, Nordic designers managed to reach the pinnacle of minimalism and in this way take their art to a whole new level. So to sum up, what happens when elegance meets minimalism usually looks Nordic. Here are some examples as well as some tips on how to achieve this in your own home.
Even though across the regions there are different colors at play, in Scandinavia nuances of blue and purple reign supreme. In fact, it is this combination of hues that comes to be known as Nordic Color Palette. As always what better way than to enhance this minimalistic approach than with a stylish combination of neutral white, purple and blue nuances. However, for those with something different in mind beige, light grey or even yellow are also quite acceptable.
Fascination With Natural Light
Seeing how because of their almost polar geographical positioning, some Parts of Scandinavia perceive natural light as a rare and valuable commodity. This is why some of the most renowned Nordic designers observe natural light almost as a living deity. What this means is that interior décor and Scandinavian architecture often advocate large windows or even glass walls in order to let as much of daylight in. Naturally, decorative inside columns are therefore out of question since they prevent light from openly circulating around the room.
Unfortunately, seeing how there is only so much natural light to work with, some form of artificial lighting system is always necessary. However, due to the moderate minimalist nature of Nordic design, simple (yet potent) downlights are always preferred over luxurious chandeliers. Paper lanterns are another popular option, some of which may even be DIY. If the need arises, this entire system is further backed with several fitting tall lamps. In this way, harmony of the home is preserver and the illumination cravings completely sated.
Some jokingly claim that it is a part of their Viking heritage, but Scandinavians do enjoy hardwood floors in their homes above all else. Even though it is popular, hardwood is not an exclusive flooring solution in this region. In some other cases, discrete geometric tiles of appropriate design and color (nothing flamboyant) are also quite efficient. Naturally, for practicality purposes, both of these solutions require a quality, moderate rug to be added to the mix. After a long search, I discovered elegant Zado carpets. I find them versatile and easy to mix and match. I advise you go on a quest for a worthy carpet Scandinavians would be proud of. This will not only give room a bit warmer look but in some cases also manipulate space making it seem either bigger or more compact, depending on one’s desires.
Scandinavian designers have no patience for extravagant yet pointless pieces of furniture. By examining their work one can truly be able to see how sometimes less can become more. To put it simply chairs, tables, beds, wardrobes, cupboards and dressings are a definite must, all else (although not prohibited) is quite undesirable. As for the design and texture of these items, as Nordic simplicity dictates, leather (in various colors), stripes and colors that match the overall ambience are highly recommended.
Even though some still try to achieve elegance by overburdening their home with details and ornaments, where they fail Scandinavians succeed. If there is anything that Northern masterminds teach us it is that genuine aesthetic intuition has no alternative whatsoever. It is this simple cognition that may allow anyone to transform their home into a genuine Nordic haven.