Scandinavian Design refers to the design philosophy characterised by minimalism, simplicity and functionality. This decor style came into prominence during 1950s in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. The Scandinavian style came into vogue to adapt to the extreme winter conditions of these countries. The design aims to optimise sunlight, use natural elements and create a harmonious space that is clutter free yet warm.
Scandinavian design aesthetic was tailor made for bleak wintry climates. But its emphasis on minimalism and functionality have made it popular among lovers of modern design. Home owners who are aiming for a clutter free yet comfortable look are opting to integrate nordic elements.
Because of its simplicity of execution and the harmonious ambience, Scandinavian design has something to offer for everyone. Adding the elements of this classic style will help you create a warm and inviting home that is high on functionality. Even in the tropical country like India, several of its elements can be adopted to create a lovable livable home.
Here are 10 elements of Scandinavian Design you can integrate into the Decor to Achieve the Minimalistic look
1.WOODEN FLOORS AND FURNITURE
With its focus on natural elements, wood is used extensively in nordic design. Wood is also an element in vogue with the Indian design and can be incorporated to achieve great functionality. An interesting way to add a classic nordic element is by having a wooden floor in lighter stains. This could be an interesting feature for one of your bedrooms. Wooden Furniture with clean lines is preferred to achieve the fuss-free functionality.
2. ALL WHITE WALLS
The walls are predominantly white with pops of colours in fabrics, area rugs, cushions etc. White walls give the feel of spaciousness and brightness to the indoors. This also provides a neutral background so that bright and colourful accessories can be displayed to their best effect. Having all white walls might not be ideal in homes with toddlers and kids. Make sure that you use emulsion paint which allows easy cleaning.
The nordic design aims to maximise the availability of sunlight. A sunny room instantly uplifts the mood and keeps you alert. Invite the natural light into the home with open windows. Adapt it to hot Indian summers by hanging curtains and bamboo blinds for protection from the tropical sun. Use a combination of sheer and heavy curtains to regulate the sunlight throughout the changing of seasons.
4. STREAMLINED STORAGE
Organised and hidden storage that minimises clutter is a key feature of Scandinavian design. This element contributes greatly to the minimalistic look and clean lines of the home. Having streamlined storage is a very useful option for Indian homes for better space management. This key feature can be of great help to parents contemplating childproofing their home. Streamlined storage can be used to achieve a highly functional kitchen.
5. INDOOR PLANTS
Nordic design is always attuned with nature. What better way to establish an instant connection with nature than having some greenery indoors ? Plants bring animation and colour to the stark white colour palette of the home. They also clear the air of many toxins and improve the overall atmosphere. Choose the plants like peace lily and Azalea that are best suited for the Indian tropical climate. Use planters made of natural materials like woven Bamboo and clay to further the spirit of nature.
Electrical lights also follow the brief of clean lines and clutter free look. Sparkling electric lights are used to amplify the brightness created the all white walls. Candles are used widely to create softened and diffused ambience in the stark environs.
7. OPEN SPACES
Combined living spaces were born out of necessity due to the constraints of urban living. As an added advantage having open spaces helped during entertaining the guests. Having a combined living/dining area or multipurpose rooms that flow into each other can be very handy in urban homes.
8. SOFT TEXTILES
The textiles are used sparingly but aim for maximum impact. They bring vibrancy to the neutral space. In your home choose natural fabrics like cotton over synthetic blends. Use colourful and patterned fabrics in couch pillows, curtains, area rugs etc.
9.TRADITIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS
The Scandinavians have lots of respect for traditional arts and culture. They integrate several traditional elements in the form of art and accessories in their home. You could either opt for a characteristic nordic art and craft piece. Alternatively, you could go for traditional Indian handicrafts . This would keep the essence but create decor that is cohesive with your roots.
10. WALL ACCENTS
Wall accents like exposed brick and wallpaper in colourful pattern help to break the monotony of white walls. You could also create a display of black and white photographs on one of the walls to create an interesting visual experience.