Minimalism, simplicity and harmony: how to create a Scandinavian style home

Dec. 7, 2020

Minimalism, simplicity and harmony: how to create a Scandinavian style home

by Sara Costi

Scandinavian interior design creates snug and cosy settings where to find refuge from the cold and long Nordic winters. Scandi style focuses on minimalism, natural materials, and functional spaces. Homes decorated in this style stand out for their warmth, purity, simplicity, and tidiness. Large and light-flooded rooms are organised, practical, and free of unnecessary objects.

The lack of natural light during the long winter months explains the predominance of light and neutral colours. White, cream, beige, pastel shades like pink and sage green with dove grey or anthracite accents are typically found in Nordic homes. Contrasting colours, like sky blue or black, often alternate with neutral shades to create a pleasant sense of movement. Scandi interior design makes use of natural fabrics, such as wool, raw cotton, and felt to give a sense of warmth during the cold Nordic winters.

 

Settings are always cosy and comfortable, in line with Hygge principles. Hygge is a part of Nordic culture and lifestyle. It’s the art of creating a cosy atmosphere and enjoying the small pleasures in life and the warmth and serenity of your home. A relaxing, snug and friendly setting, good food, candlelight, a fireplace or a wood-burning stove, woollen blankets, casual clothes, oversized jumpers, knitted cardigans or pullovers create a place where to feel safe and experience Hygge.

Every home has a hyggekrog, a snug corner where to curl up with a book and cup of hot chocolate. This nook is often a window seat with soft cushions and blankets, the perfect place to relax after a long day.

The smell of wood burning in the fireplace, compositions of leaves, twigs, and berries, walnuts and other woodland delights, books, a nice teapot, and a precious vase on the dining table are typical in a Nordic setting.

Scandinavian design between minimalism, harmony and balance

A Scandi living room is a comfy space where to unwind during cold and rainy winter weekends or in the evening after a long day at work. It’s also the perfect place to entertain friends. It’s typically a large, cosy and minimalist room decorated with soft colours.

Clean lines, light colours, big windows offering a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape create a warm, tidy, reassuring atmosphere. A brighter touch can be added with ceramic floorings and coverings in warm earthy and dove grey shades, a raw wood coffee table, a comfortable sofa with soft cushions and a woollen blanket.

Flooring: R-Evolution Terra - Coverings: R-Evolution Tortora
Flooring and coverings: Beton Pearl

The Scandinavian style is a mindset that involves every room in a home, even the bathroom. A Scandi bathroom is a small domestic spa where to relax. It typically features essential design and few but functional furnishings. Open shelves allow you to keep your linens and accessories at hand while a wicker basket will keep the room always nice and tidy.

When it comes to minimalist interior design, the spotlight is all on the details: carefully planned lighting and large windows will avoid creating shadows. Potted plants add a touch of greenery. Decorative candles will create a romantic and sophisticated atmosphere. As for coverings, the Nordic style is all about even concrete- or wood-effect surfaces with light colours tending towards white.

Flooring and coverings: Beton Ivory
Flooring: Class Wood Walnut
Flooring: Country Wood Tortora

What flooring should you choose for your Nordic style home?

The flooring has to match the furniture and accessories. Scandi flooring is characterised by light colours, warm shades and soft, fresh and lightweight textures suitable for any shape or setting of the house. It also creates visual continuity to add a harmonious, bright and natural touch.

 

The idea is to create a textured effect full of character for every room. Wood effect strip tiles in a Hungarian herringbone or straight laying pattern parallel to the shortest or longest wall, depending on the size and depth of the room, are a great option. Alternatively, you can opt for stone- or concrete-effect porcelain stoneware tiles in lighter and softer shades.

Flooring: Geowood White Oak
Flooring: Spazio Bianco

Casalgrande Padana’s wood, stone and concrete-effect porcelain stoneware tiles are made exclusively with natural raw materials. They are free of plastic, silicones, and toxic substances. They’re also non-allergic, antibacterial, fire-resistant, and fully recyclable. These tiles are perfect for both floors and walls but also for covering worktops, washbasins, tables, cupboards, wardrobes, and doors. A great choice if you have underfloor heating.

Ceramic tiles in warm, light, slightly faded shades to recreate the effect of slow-flowing water, emphasise the natural appearance of the surfaces. The ideal choice for creating a refined and essential style that reconnects with nature and a charming atmosphere embracing the Hygge principles.

Scandinavian style and Hygge

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