My Scandinavian Inspired Home Renovation

Simplicity and functionality are two words that epitomize Scandinavian design. They guide this interior guide concept that centers on functionality and minimalism. There are several types of Scandinavian design that you can incorporate into your home, which gives you plenty of home design options.

Underneath the main design, undertones of a design can enhance the primary characteristics. Your home might have solid white walls, for example, and have dark light fixtures on the ceilings. Your room might have rather empty rooms but large pieces of furniture. The contrasting elements draw attention the simplicity of design.

Scandinavian design is often minimalist in nature. That means that there is less in the room, but there is complete functionality. One element may be repeated in different rooms to tie a design together. White walls with furniture of light-colored wood in each room unifies the design, for instance. You might also have dark wood panels on the walls and contrast that to the light wood flooring in another room. Just the fact that there is wood used in all of the rooms indicates a unified design concept.

Another way to tweak Scandinavian design is to bring contemporary furniture and fixtures into your home. The clean lines of your modern furniture will complement a minimalist Scandinavian design. Finally, you can incorporate several design concepts into your overall design, such as using retro-inspired furniture or bright colors.

No matter how you ultimately want your home to look, using Scandinavian design as your base design concept will provide a clean foundation to add layers of different designs. You can go purely Scandinavian or incorporate elements from other designs for something that is purely your own. Use bold colors, retro furniture, contrasting elements, and other features to draw attention to the lack of furniture and decorations in your rooms.

No matter how you ultimately want your home to look, using Scandinavian design as your base design concept will provide a clean foundation to add layers of different designs. You can go purely Scandinavian or incorporate elements from other designs for something that is purely your own. Use bold colors, retro furniture, contrasting elements, and other features to draw attention to the lack of furniture and decorations in your rooms.

In the end, your home will be clean and without extra decorations and pieces of furniture to clutter up your Scandinavian-inspired home.

Some principles behind Scandinavian Interior Design

Floors

A light-colored wooden floor in all rooms except the washroom is a central Scandinavian design theme.

Colour

Earlier Scandinavian designs used more colour than is seen in more modern designs. That being said, white, earth tones, grey, and blue are some typical colours seen in Scandinavian designs. For a contemporary feel, paint a white wall next to a grey wall.

Form

The architecture and furniture of Scandinavian design boast clean lines and minimal ornamentation.

Materials

Wood is used extensively in Scandinavian design on floors and walls. Try contrasting light floors with darker wood paneling features. Additionally, cladding is used to add texture and warmth. A grey oil on pine or oak can help strip the yellow of these types of woods away.

Function

Scandinavian living spaces are very functional, making them easy to live in.

Article Photographed and Written for KWYM Interior Designs. Project completed by KWYM Interior Designs.

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