Scandinavian design owes its origin to the modernism movement of a mid-20th-century world that was determined to shed the influences of an excessively embellished past. It was emboldened by the Bauhaus movement, and became an iconic expression of “revolt.” The architecture and interiors of those times were influenced by new technology, by the space race, and by a reaction against Victorian tradition. “Enough,” said designers.
A movement was born that is still celebrated today — trendy and sought-after design that is still relevant. Get this look for your own home by browsing our curated collections. It is spare and “honest” in spirit, rustic and refined at the same time, with fluid lines and populist appeal. Proportion and balance are all-important, in individual pieces and in the way an entire room comes together. Scandinavian design melds curves, circles and linear geometry in unique ways. It is a hallmark of the style, along with the juxtaposition of smooth and rough, soft and hard, shiny and worn, light and dark, old and new — as a way to create an edgy effect and graphic impact.
Contemporary interiors benefit from the Scandinavian ethos because it does not require strict adherence to a formula style. It allow homeowners infinite variety, but holds to some simple precepts. It is, perhaps, the underlying simplicity of the design style that keeps it fresh and appealing.
Prevailing Interior colors are apt to be pale: White and black, shades of grey, and carefully selected accents that add interest but do not disrupt. Scandinavian interiors do not shout or “make statements.” Instead, they wrap inhabitants in style, offering tranquility and a sense that “all is right with the world.”
Scandinavian design is easy to live with, whether you opt for its soft, romantic, rumpled personality, or embrace its opposite face, linear and hard-edge, with few soft, natural touches.
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