As the general trends in residential design turn to comfortable, stylish, and environmentally friendly homes, my attention focuses on the principles and ideals embraced by Scandinavian design. Read on to find a bit more about it!
For those interested in interior design and decorating, Scandinavian domestic aesthetics are synonymous with clean, subtle, airy spaces that maximize daylight as a means of resisting the harsh nordic climate and long hours of darkness found at the Arctic Circle.
Having spent a few years in the beautiful city of Stockholm, I have fallen in love with Swedish modesty and sophistication. During my stay I was absolutely charmed by Swedish street fashion and interior design. I must say, Swedes definitely know best when it comes to achieving an effortless, urban-cool look. Fashion and residential design is unconventional, and innovative yet ridiculously simple. And so, as you’re reading, you’re probably asking yourself “how the heck did a viking nation of such coarse origin manage to transform itself into one of the finest in modern Europe?” It seems that the refined nature of Swedish interior design began with the emergence of the Gustavian style during the eighteenth century which brought the first wave of white painted, neo-classical furnishings. Centuries later, Swedish interior deco still embraces furnishings of an elegant and refreshing character. However, in modern Swedish mentality, less is more. The job of the designer is to embrace the beauty presented to him by the forces of nature. Thus, when building houses, Scandinavians work with the surroundings rather than impose their designs on the land. Similarly, the continuing trend of white walls and large windows assign nature the role of a primary interior decorator.
If you find interest in Scandinavian interior decorating, I highly recommend Lars Bolander’s ‘Scandinavian Design’. It is a beautifully published album which portrays classical and contemporary Scandinavian domestic aesthetics where you can find anything from the antique and modern, rustic and urban. Go ahead and immerse yourself in the world of genteel elegance with appreciation of the timeless beauty of nature!
by Aleksandra Kurek
(Photo by Stephanie Stamatis)
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