Scandinavian Living Room
There is no doubt that the
simplicity and the understated beauty of Scandinavian style is taking
over homes from across the globe including the Philippines. It is
arguably one of the easiest styles to pull off if you have the
discipline to do away with clutter and an eye for practicality.
Quality precedes quantity here, and frugality is interlaced with
sophistication and minimalism.
Your living room is the perfect area to
explore the brilliance of style the Scandinavian design has to offer.
With its clean and sleek features refined to suit the aesthetics and
ergonomics of your family members, the captivating approach of
Scandinavian design will make you fall in love with its minimalistic
appeal and ambience to your living room.
1. Working with a small
Scandinavian living room
As a style that demands
efficiency, functionality, and sense of airiness to the room,
Scandinavian style is the perfect design for your small living room.
Color is kept to a bare minimum when it comes to crafting a lovely
backdrop in the Scandinavian living room, and it is generally clad in
pristine white. This reduces visual fragmentation and visually
enhances the available space. The use of limited and curated decor
with sleek, straight lines also aids in creating a tidy living area
that seems both inviting and cheerful.
When working with the
living room, do not completely shy
away from color, as it turns the interior into a generic and boring
setting. Scandinavian style lets you add color in the form of simple
accents, and you can even add a mirror or two to further enhance the
appeal of the tiny room. A plush rug, cool side table, stylish floor
lamp and a cozy couch complete this elegant look.
2. Neutrals for your
Scandinavian living room
White has always been a
dominant color in Scandinavian living rooms, but the last few years
have seen a surge in another neutral that is quickly replacing white
and has even found a way to coexist with it. Gray is definitely a hip
neutral hue that is simply refusing to die down as a hot trend. Now
is the time to give your living room with Nordic inspiration a touch
of gray by adding a cozy couch in the color or even creating an
accent wall in light, smoky gray. It is generally the lighter shades
of gray that work well in Scandinavian spaces, but you can pick a
darker hue if you want to create a greater visual contrast.
Black and white backdrops
with shades of gray work beautifully in a
living room, and it is a look that
seems to combine modern minimalism with urban classiness. Just make
sure that black is used sparingly to just anchor the living area and
highlight certain architectural features, as too much black can
quickly alter the mood and the appeal of the interior.
3. Exploring colors and
textures in your Scandinavian living room
Going down the Nordic path
in the living room not only helps you in cutting out the excess
decor, it also opens the door to a world of exciting and exquisite
accents laced with lovely hues. Geometric prints, stripes, chevron
patterns and abstract designs provide a sense of playfulness,
excitement and individuality to the Scandinavian living room. It is
not just pattern that makes a difference, as the small colorful
accents you add to the living room steal the show instantly thanks to
the understated canvas that is offered by this ingenious style.
Throw pillows, rugs, vases
fixtures on the walls are the
usual suspects when it comes to furniture that brings color to the
Scandinavian living room. For those ready to experiment with bolder
trends, mesmerizing wallpaper that breathes freshness and vitality
into the room is a great alternative indeed. Make sure though that
your wallpaper choice fits with the stripped-down style of the room
and does not seem ornate or out of place.
4. Best flooring choice
for your Scandinavian living room
carpeting just isn’t a thing in Scandinavian design. Hardwood
preferably light, are the best type of flooring for your living room.
Plus, it’s a common flooring material in the Philippine market. If
you’ve got darker wood floors, you can lighten them up by sanding
them down and re-oiling them with white floor oil. Another option is
white-washing. Mix water with paint in whatever concentration you
like, depending on the look you’re going for. The more water you
add, the more the underlying wood color will show through.
Also consider other flooring materials that mimic the aesthetic
Scandinavian appeal of hardwood such as wood composites and vinyl.
The ambience of wood brings an earthy and grounded yet
minimal and natural feel to your living room that screams
Scandinavian right when you enter your front door.
Scandinavian décor for your living room
One of the biggest upsides
of going Nordic in the living room is the array of timeless and
iconic decor that you can pick from. These are awesome pieces that
are worth investing in, as they will easily serve as focal points in
your living room. Build the rest of the living room around these
special additions and you can even bring home an IKEA find or two to
complete the look. If you’re low on the budget, try this smart
Scandinavian decorating tip where you turn a boring storage piece,
may it be an old shelf or basket that you’re likely to hide in your
closet, and turn it to a work of art and make it a design focal point
in your living room.
There is something
innately peaceful and reassuring about a Scandinavian living room
that makes it perfect for an urban home that is surrounded by
constant noise and chaos. Give it your own creative twist and you
will soon be taking the style into your kitchen, bedroom and beyond!