Scandinavian design: breaking the stereotypes

Scandinavian design: breaking the stereotypes

Scandinavian style interiors are usually quite restrained: minimalistic, monochrome and filled with a carefully thought-out set of furniture. However, in fact, not all apartments in the Nordic countries look like this. Now we will tell you what other tricks the residents of Finland, Sweden and Norway like to use.

The color 

Do you know why Scandinavians like the white color so much? Because they are badly lacking sunlight. White shades come to the rescue, which give the interiors a cheerful mood at any time of the year. However, this does not mean that there is no room for color experiments in Scandinavian projects. This love to blue, pink, red and brown shades appeared in the XVIII century during the reign of King Gustav III. Ordinary people in Sweden, Norway and Finland still enjoy this simple trick even nowadays.

The royal style

The end of the XVIII century greatly influenced Scandinavian design. The style that became popular in the interiors of Swedish monarchs was formed at this time. The turnaround moment was the visit of King Gustav III of Sweden to Versailles. The palace made such a strong impression on him that he immediately decided to build something similar in his homeland. The style was named after King Gustav. How to recognize it? By gilding in the decoration of walls, furniture and picture frames. By gentle blue tones, ocher, turquoise and deep red. These techniques are popular up to this day. And not only in the royal family.

The pattern

Despite all the restraint of interior solutions, Scandinavians like to decorate their houses with different patterns. As a rule, they are quite delicate, but often combine abstraction and floral themes, as in the works of designer Joseph Frank. Involving the eye to the ornament, such compositions help to switch attention, relax and have a little rest. These patterns are used in small doses. For example, in home textiles.


If it always seemed to you that Scandinavian houses have a minimum of stuff, in fact it is not completely true. The secret is in a smart approach to storage systems, which can be both on the entire wall and more modest in size, but in larger quantities. At the same time, they prefer to exhibit all the most valuable things – collectible dishes or rare books – behind the transparent glass of the sideboards.

Moving forward into the future 

There is one more stereotype that Scandinavians prefer to create in their homes an atmosphere opposite to the urban environment they see outside their windows. That they like the countryside comfort. That’s true. But you can also find completely different kind of spaces in these lands. Namely – inspired by science fiction. For example, upholstered furniture in such houses looks like spaceships.