The minimalism of a traditional Scandi lifestyle is never quite barren. Rather, it’s open, uncluttered, and extremely inviting. It emphasizes the functional function of Scandinavian living rooms so that your whole living room fills out all the functional needs of your household and offers space as well. If you want to bring the beauty of Scandinavia to your home decor, here are some suggestions for how to incorporate the look. Make it a goal to see the Nordic elements in every room of your house.
Start with the furnishings. Scandinavian touches abound in the area. Wood, glass, iron, metal, and fabrics of all types contrast with each other in a riot of colors. Use light-colored or dark wooden flooring, wall panels, and throws to give the room a bright and airy feel. Incorporate open spaces, such as shelves and open windows, and you will create the illusion of smaller rooms, even though there may be more open spaces than you think.
Try using rich hues of brown, such as brown and black, grays and earthy shades of grey, or deep, rich burgundy, red, or bronze for the floors and walls. Nordic simplicity mixes well with other colors in the Scandinavian light wooden flooring, which is one of the essential accessories of a true Scandinavian living room. The use of metal finishes with this type of wooden flooring, mixed with Nordic elements, produces a beautiful effect.
Coordinate the colors of your wall decorations with those of your Scandinavian interior design theme. The combination of colors creates an interesting and fresh visual appeal that contrasts sharply against the heavy furnishings. Try a single tone wallpaper in a contrasting color, such as cream or off-white. If you like, you can coordinate the color palette for the furniture, table tops, and window treatments. Use a minimalist color scheme, but don’t let it become a black and white interior.
Minimalists advocate the simple designs of classic furniture. Use Nordic wood in the interior as well as the outside of your home. Solid plywood is often used, instead of pressed wood, which gives the appearance of wood in a much tighter package. Use solid color paint and wipe paper, even on the more decorative pieces of furniture, such as wardrobes and mirrors, to create a minimalist interior. If you really want to keep your Scandinavian living room minimalist, add a few accent pieces, such as a Scandinavian metal shelf or a wooden platter, to give a bit of interest where there may be none otherwise.
Add a few Nordic accessories to your Scandinavian living room, too. Traditional accessories are perfect, as they match the style of the pieces you’re most likely to already own, without giving the appearance that you are trying to create a theme. For example, if your sofa is all red velvet, then use some light colored drapes or curtains with similar fabrics. A coffee table might be set in a nook of the room, with open shelving or a shelf. A chandelier or other lighting accent should be tastefully displayed where it will be seen but not competing with the style of the furnishings.
In a traditional Scandinavian living room, the decor usually consists of bold and dark colors, with a lot of wooden or metal furnishings. One way to change things up is to install some contemporary-looking flooring, such as laminate or hardwood floors. In the living area, try to find rugs that go with the color palette you have chosen. Rugs are also a great way to change the look of the walls, since you can find many different patterns and colors to choose from.
Try using rugs with textures that coordinate with the style of the furnishings and walls. A coffee table with a striped bass is an excellent choice for a Scandinavian living room, because it is visually distinctive yet easily integrated with other elements from the room. The same goes for a leather couch or a rug that has texture on the upper portions, such as raised portions around the edge. You can have a rug to put on top of a wooden or metal coffee table, because of the interesting visual effect. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could use a rug to place under the dining table, since many of the common materials used for coffee tables are hardwoods.