Scandinavian Design Trends

Scandinavian design has been at the forefront of architecture for many years. Many prolific designers and architects are native to this region. Our own architect, Robert Scarano Jr’s heritage is Scandinavian; his mother was born in Denmark. When most people think of Scandinavian design they immediately think of IKEA, the big box store from Sweden. It is with good reason that this furniture giant has become so popular. After a difficult few years of unprecedented experiences due to Covid-19, next year’s design preferences embrace colors, materials, and styles that create a feeling of comfort and security.

Scandinavian design is coming in strongly with its neutral colors, sleek forms, and minimalistic approach to decor. In order to recreate the Scandinavian home experience, you need to begin by decluttering your home.  Getting rid of unnecessary furnishings will give your rooms the open and minimalist feel that is typical of a Scandinavian home. All spaces within the home must be well used without any excess. Storage spaces are to be functional and unobtrusive making sure not to detract from the peaceful, well-organized interior. White walls, light floors, and neutral-colored furnishings are the easiest way to give your home a traditional Scandinavian feel.

Here are a few Scandinavian design trends popular for next year:

Materials-light woods, concrete elements, and brass. Wood elements on walls and ceilings will usher in a new trend. Pairing with wood, concrete is a favorite.

Colors- next year’s color trends evoke comfort and security. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the world is in great need of this. Navy blue is selected for accent walls as well as furniture. Some designers are saying “navy blue is the new black.” Neutral creams, off whites, and tans continue to be a popular choice. These colors appear in knit and woven forms and are a comfortable classic.

Styles- Vintage style or Art Deco has been popular in the past and seems to be re-emerging with some modern updates. Chunky woven threads and wicker textiles are touches that add contrast while still maintaining a sense of unity. The sustainable modern design will also be seen in 2022. Due to the environmental crises, we are facing, designers have begun to transition towards reusing materials on hand. Recycled plastics, glass, and ceramics have become the foundations of new pieces in furniture, textiles, and decorations.

Fireplace- is a must in a Scandinavian home in the winter. Unlike in America, fireplaces are used typically for heating and cooking. Modern, sleek fireplaces will add heat and charm to any room.

Saunas- are extremely popular in Scandinavian homes as they are part of their culture. Before you add a sauna to your home you need to conduct research in order to establish how your needs can best be met. Hot stone saunas and infrared models are becoming very popular for those who want to indulge in a more contemporary sauna design.

Scandinavia has always been at the forefront of sustainability. Recycling and reusing were practically invented by them. Their idea of environmental design is to create a harmony between the interior aesthetic of the home and the exterior aesthetic of nature. We will begin to see a wave of ecological and natural materials inside the home. Interior designs and furniture choices will reflect the world around us.  Designers and architects are hoping that the growing popularity of environmentally friendly materials will encourage homeowners to approach decorating in a natural way. Scandinavia has made great strides in terms of sustainable living with major reductions in electricity and energy use.

It is safe to say that Scandinavian design is best known for its simplicity and seems to be trending worldwide. Whether you decide to redesign your entire home or just add subtle hints of a typical Scandinavian dwelling, you will enjoy every moment you spend in your home.


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