How to Nail Nordic Interior Design

Minimalism is known for its clean designs and subdued color schemes. Even if the minimalism trend comes and goes, there’s one iteration that’s hotter than ever… Scandinavian! 

This interior design style will never go out of style. According to Forbes, a 2018 Google search trends study found it was the most popular style in 11 states in the United States.

It’s no easy feat to exercise restraint in your design choices, while still managing to make an interior look and feel cozy. The design style is so popular because it speaks to both our desire to live in comfortable and inviting settings and our tidy tendencies. 

Trying to get that specific look Scandinavian countries are well-known for? Take note of these 3 clever ideas for inspiration…

1. Make it Cozy

Flag Halyard Chair

Source: Dwell

The Danes try to incorporate this philosophy in all aspects of their design: make it as comfy and cozy as possible. In this tiny reading nook with gray tones, the clean lined side table, metal lamp and steel frame of Wegner’s Flag Halyard Chair would easily make the space feel cold and uninviting. 

Yet, the cozy mix of textures, especially the luxuriously soft sheepskin on the chair, makes it welcoming. Hans Wegner is also behind the Shell Chair, another Danish masterpiece.

2. Add Contrast

Nordic living room

Source: MyDomaine 

High contrast is one of the hallmarks of Nordic design. In this all-white living room with a fireplace in the corner, another hallmark of Scandinavian design, neutral hued furniture pieces help create an impactful, dramatic statement. 

Contemporary furniture pieces also perfectly contrast with the ornate architectural details that are highly common in buildings all over northern Europe.

3. Consider Mid Century Modern Furniture

tulip table

Source: MyDomaine

Mid century modern furniture is vital in newly built contemporary homes or newly redesigned interiors. Here, a white Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen is perfectly warmed up by the rich cognac leather tone of the Jacobsen Swan Chairs and blonde wood accents of the credenza.

Just as the organic Tulip Table, sculptural branches help make the room feel more even organic.

Now you’ll truly nail Scandinavian design! Ready for more advice? Visit Manhattan Home Design. Founded by Daniel Levy, entrepreneurial success award winner according to Fox News, Manhattan Home Design produces coveted items.

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