15 New Scandinavian Trends That Are About To Take Off
They go way beyond stark minimalism.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a some chic minimalist decor. But stark black-and-white interiors have had their moment. Scandinavian design, however, will always be a major part of the conversation. We look to the region for all things furniture, decor, and interiors because, well, they live-and-breathe stylish, functional design. Check out the 15 Nordic interior trends that go way beyond all-white spaces. You’ll want to jump on these quickly, before they totally take over your Instagram feed.
Americans are known for perpetually chasing after a “balanced” lifestyle but the Swedes just do it. Author of Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced Happy Life , released on October 3, Niki Brantmark (also the brains behind My Scandinavian Home) knows a thing or two about balance. As described in the title, lagom means finding just the right about, which is a beautifully Scandinavian approach to life and design. She predicts it will make its way from our daily schedules to our bedrooms, where “conscious buying and slow design” will take center stage.
“In a time when we’re feeling constantly connected through technology and social media, wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal sanctuary in which to switch off?” says Brantmark. Creating a highly-personalized space that is warm an welcoming, without the distractions of phones, television, or computers is important in counteracting busy day-to-day life and focusing on the heart of design.
“Bedrooms will become device-free and made up of a palette of soothing greys and milky whites, which combine with natural textures such as soft linen, cosy sheepskins, chunky knit blankets and warm rustic wood for your very own oasis of calm,” she says.
“My absolute favorite Scandinavian decor trend is taking what would normally be a boring storage piece, and making it a design focal point in your home,” says Anna Decilveo, merchandiser at Swedish-founded company Tictail. “The shelf or basket you would’ve likely hid in your closet is, instead, a work of art in itself. We’re already seeing so much of this from emerging Swedish brands on Tictail.” From designer clothing racks to statement kitchen organizers, now every facet of your home can be Scandinavian-level chic
The focus on Scandinavian design usually revolves around Sweden, but Finland is catching up in a big way. One of the happiest countries in the world, the Finns are doing something right. It could be their deep connection to the outdoors, their tasty but simplistic diets, or if you ask us, it definitely has something to do with “cottage culture”.
Helsinki-based designer Linda Bergroth created the pop-up hotel KOTI (meaning “home” in Finnish) to provide “an immersive experience into Finnish hospitality and cottage culture,” she said in a statement. This means communal eating and living spaces, innolux lamps that simulate natural daylight, and minimalistic tableware. “Instead of well known design products, I think we should highlight the Finnish ways of sharing,” said Bergroth.
Although big on organic materials, leather isn’t the most popular Scandinavian-inspired choice. We’re seeing a major transition to worn leather pieces in Nordic interiors, like these leather-backed wooden chairs in Swedish stylist Lotta Agaton’s home at La Maison d’Anna G. They’re rustic without looking too antique and look great with a sheepskin blanket tossed over their back. We’re thinking this might be a Swedish play on the current American mid-century modern obsession.