Anyone who knows me, must by now know about my massive love for (almost) all things Scandinavian. Coupled with the fact that one of my core values is minimalism, it should come as no surprise that I’d be drawn to Scandinavian Minimalism especially when it has to do with design and interior spaces. Scandinavian design is characterized by simplicity, minimalism, and functionality.

The idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should not only be affordable to the wealthy, but to all, is a core theme in the development of modernism and functionalism.

(Think IKEA).

Of course, one post will not be enough to capture all there is to know about Scandinavian Minimalism, but I’ll do my best to keep it simple and highlight my favorite things about this style. What’s most important is that less is always more. Keep simplicity and functionality at the core of your design and use what you truly love. Your home should be alive because you’ve picked meaningful pieces as opposed to trying to make it look like a magazine cover.

So ideas for fixing up your apartment? Here’s how to go about it, Scandinavian style…

1. Lots of white, lots of light, lots of bright…

From white paint (even on the floors!), to large windows, and light/lighting techniques, Scandinavians love their white. And I personally have no qualms about living in an all white apartment. There’s a kind of zen that comes from being in a space like that. You may not have floor to ceiling windows or french doors, but a coat or two of white paint works just fine. White just makes it all better, and bigger, and brighter… peace. Don’t worry too much about dirt, just choose surfaces that are easy to wipe clean or paint over (and don’t have kids or guests over. ever! JK)
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2. Neutral Palettes…

Muted tones of pale blue, grey, white, cream… perfection.
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3. Accents and a pop of color…

Minimalist doesn’t mean boring. If you like color, go for it. Just don’t overdo it. Remember less is always more.

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4. Warm wood, rustic beams…

Wood, exposed beams, unfinished surfaces… always a winner. Always!
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5. Bring in nature…

Scandinavians love nature. Feeling overwhelmed by the metallic look of city life? Invite some green with potted plants. They work everywhere.
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How about some texture and glam chic look? Use furniture and decorative pieces to achieve this look.
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Stripes? Why not??
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Or dots!
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Other tips to consider: Dash of glamour, open shelving, reflective surfaces to maximize light, clean and simple lines, black accents, pink and grey accents, white tiles, stainless steel kitchen (contrast with elegant lighting and ceramic to give it a more homely feel), and natural wood

More inspiration? Check out my favorite Scandinavian design blogs: My Scandinavian HomeDaniella WhiteLa Maison d’Anna GElisabeth HeierTrendenserEmma’s Design BlogDos Family, and Stylizimo (you might want to activate your Chrome Translate as some of these posts are not written in English).

(All images in this post are courtesy of the blogs linked above).

Hope this inspires you in some way. Have a contribution? Leave a comment 🙂

Kov.

Written by Nik-Nak