What Exactly is Scandinavian Design?

Scandinavian design style is an inviting, cozy spin-off of mid century modern aesthetics. Nordic countries Sweden, Norway and Denmark have dark, long winters. Therefore, creating a dreamy escape home is essential for them to be able to make it through the chilly months of the year. 

To banish winter blues forever, today you’ll learn all about Scandinavian design…

Scandi Materials and Colors


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The Nordic interior looks light, airy and unfussy thanks to a neutral color scheme. Begin white painted brick balls or white walls, then layer with pale shades of yellow, blue and pink. Scandinavians adore using natural elements for furniture pieces. 

Light hardwood floors like oak, birch or pine are so welcoming. Brass and copper light fixtures are a hot trend. When picking materials to outfit your Nordic inspired space, look for cozy textures. Stow knit blankets or soft faux fur throw on your comfy sofa. Don’t forget to roll out the soft area rug!

Scandi Furnishings

tulip table

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Scandinavian furnishings showcase mid century modern furniture silhouettes in blonde, warm wood tones. Look for tapered legs, gentle lines and soft curves like the ones found in the avant-garde Shell Chair by Hans Wegner and the iconic Wishbone Chair also by Wegner. 

Make sure to pair this comfortably-curved Danish beauty with a white Tulip Table by Finnish-born mastermind Eero Saarinen. The perfect pairing! Take those hygge vibes outdoors in the warmer months with an outdoor couch with light cushions.

Scandi Decor

finn juhl sideboard

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With Nordic design, less is more. Try wall art and decor with graphic, geometric patterns in muted colors. Find sustainable pieces like a ceramic vase or a wood credenza like the iconic Finn Juhl Sideboard. This masterpiece merges wood, steel and colors from Goethe’s color wheel in beautiful, but simple geometric shapes.

To let all the possible natural light in, keep window treatments to a minimum. Don’t forget to bring a plant or two to your interior! Since Nordic design is neither feminine nor masculine, it’s quite simple to stick with this theme through your residence.

It’s pivotal to create a calm interior to sit back and relax after a hard day’s work. Scandi design makes it possible! For the pieces above, visit Manhattan Home Design. Founded by Daniel Levy, entrepreneurial success award winner according to Fox News, MHD produces coveted items.

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