Surrounded by stunning natural features, from fjords to evergreen forests, the Nordic nations have developed a unique, nature-loving and understated interior design style. Let your home be enchanted by the mixture of “friluftsliv” (roughly translated as ‘open air life’), hygge-like cosiness, and of course, light-flooded rooms. It all comes together with wooden floors, cuddly pillows and comfortable lighting. It’s "lagom" – ‘simply enough’ to make you feel good!
Surrounded by the breathtaking Scandinavian nature, it’s easy to fall into a wonderfully uncomplicated way of living. The Danes call it Hygge, the Swedes Lagom and the Norwegians Friluftsliv. When it comes to Scandinavian interiors, this means clear design that we can enjoy without being distracted by too many details - a soothing ambience which allows us to recharge our batteries. Add natural materials to these clean lines; and we can feel like we’re experiencing nature in the open air.
Why is lighting so important in a Scandi style design?
The Scandinavian dark winters have led the Nordic nations to perfect lighting and its effects. Architectural styles allow for daylight to flow from room to room, and artificial light is chosen to maximise feelings of well-being. Scandinavian style is all about brightly lit rooms, a minimalist, roomy interior, and aesthetic lights for a warm, comfortable ambience of light. Our tip: The luminous colour warm white works especially well in Scandinavian interiors.
It’s hardly surprising that wood is one of the most important materials when it comes to Scandinavian lighting. In fact, light, native woods like birch, spruce and pine form the basis of the Scandinavian style. With its warm and comfortable effect, wood lends Scandinavian lighting a natural flair and highlights the feel-good character of your home. Very hygge! Of course, Scandi lights are not only about wood. Wool, leather, felt, linen, copper and glass are common materials, too.
The fresh colours of nature are the foundation of the Scandinavian style which features lots of white and blue, light wood and pastel tones. These friendly colours brighten up any dark winter’s day. Even so, Scandi lights are never boring. Conscious colour accents such as a striking sunrise red or a lush meadow green bring an easy ‘friluftsliv’ feel to your home.
“Keep it simple!“ is the concept that Scandinavian designers have been following for decades. Scandinavian design classics are all about reduced forms, clean lines and a timeless appeal. The 'Artichoke' by Poul Henningsen, for example, a classic designed for the Copenhagen restaurant “Langelinie Pavillionen“ in 1958. Today, the 'Artichoke' is a must-have in the home of any Scandinavian design fan. Same applies to the table lamp 'Birdy' by Birger Dahl which is an icon of Scandinavian lighting since the middle of the 20th century.
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