In modern design, one of the most popular is the Scandinavian style. In search of the fabulous Scandinavian capitals and northern pacification, the flows of our compatriots go to the window once cut by Peter, bringing with him impressions left not only by nature, but also by Scandinavian architecture and Scandinavian interior. The extraordinary lightness, conciseness, elegant simplicity and picturesqueness inherent in this direction have long won the hearts and minds of designers around the world. The main advantage of the Scandinavian style over other current trends today is its exceptional flexibility, because it can be used both for decorating a small-sized city apartment and in arranging large private and public facilities. The main features of the house in the Scandinavian style are minimalism, proximity to nature, attention to applied art, simplicity and environmental friendliness. In terms of forms, the Scandinavian style in design is distinguished by restraint, straightforwardness and straightforwardness echoing to silent residents of northern Europe.
The main source of inspiration for designers is, of course, nature – exquisite color combinations of natural landscapes, light wood, combining hardness and suppleness, natural materials and the endless beauty of landscapes. This whole worldview system, which captivates and inspires, creates an ergonomic comfort at home with all the necessary household equipment, so that you can endure a long winter with maximum comfort.
The main colors of this interior are white, blue, ocher, amber, light green, as well as natural colors borrowed from nature – beige, brown, terracotta. The general color of the interiors is light, with a lot of warm colors: yellow, milky white, light green. These are the colors that create the feeling of a sunny day outside the window. Which is so lacking in the northern countries of the European continent.
Behind the apparent simplicity of the Scandinavian-style interiors lies rationality and functionality – there are hardly any extra details here and even decorative elements do not catch the eye and do not attract attention. Almost all furniture is made of natural wood. In materials, preference is most often given to light hardwoods, a little less often – pine, spruce. Quite often, it is simply covered with varnish or stain and leave a feeling of unprocessed wood. By the way, Norwegians also prefer to make houses out of wood. Naturalness in everything is an important difference between the Scandinavian style and other similar in spirit (for example, the style of minimalism). The furniture is durable, solid, but not massive, but light without frills. In addition to wood, Scandinavians widely use other “warm” materials: leather, ratin, fur, cotton and linen for upholstery.
Designers also investigated the development of new artificial materials for the manufacture of furniture. Cheap plastic compounds made innovative design affordable even for middle-income families, but the quality, comfort and asceticism of the lines still remained the main task.
All of the above does not mean at all that in the Scandinavian style in design there is no place for bright colors – Nordic restraint often ends on fabrics and here you can meet all the variety of colors and shades, original prints, popular all over the world. For example, textile in the Scandinavian interior plays an important role – it is as if intended to save you from depression: plaids, rugs, pillows, towels of bright colors with stripes, a square or with ethnic ornaments.
Long harsh winters and short hours of sunlight per day contributed to the creation of large, light, bright and practical spaces. A distinctive feature of the Scandinavian interior is the most open spaces that are created due to the large area of glazing. This creates the illusion that the borders of the house dissolve and the interior smoothly opens onto the street. In almost all Swedish interiors, you can see wooden window frames and light wooden plank floors. Sometimes in the Scandinavian interior there are stone elements or fragments of a brick wall, as if by chance left in the kitchen or in the corner of the room. But not only wood and stone is rich in Scandinavian design. Glass elements, cast-iron forging, wicker chairs and lampshades, bright plastic chairs – all this can be seen in a modern Scandinavian apartment.
Despite the functionalistic essence of Scandinavian design as a whole, it is impossible not to note the special originality that distinguishes some of its internal ethnocultures.
Iceland surprises with its climatic contrasts and an insane amount of natural colors – from frozen erupted lava to endless glacial expanses. The ornamental art of the Vikings and Celts who inhabited Iceland lies at the heart of the traditions of the Icelanders.
It is typical for Norway to decorate houses with carvings using natural, geometric, animal and plant motifs.
Swedish heritage includes contrasting combination of red and white