Design Your Scandinavian Dream Home With RoomSketcher
Did you know RoomSketcher is from Scandinavia? True. Our home design software may be used worldwide, but it all comes from our little international team way up here in Oslo, Norway. Scandinavians have always been leaders in design and architecture. Their use of rigorous planning, quality materials, and expressive yet simple construction techniques have created thoughtful and innovative products that are loved the world over. We love Scandinavian design and are proud to be a part of that tradition.
If you love Scandinavian design too, read on.
What is Scandinavian Design?
The modern Scandinavian design movement was born out of the belief that good design can improve everyday life in conjunction with long-held ideas of simplicity and a love of nature. Established in 1930, the work of key designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Poul Henningsen has become highly sought after and has inspired decades of young designers. Buildings by Scandinavian architects such as Alvar Aalto, Sverre Fehn, and Jorn Utzon put Scandinavia on the map as a destination for great design. This great design tradition continues to thrive today and has become more popular than ever as the Scandinavian concept of “hygge” or simplicity + coziness has become desirable in our homes.
Scandinavian homes are renowned for their elegant minimalism, warmth, and material integrity. For Scandinavian design ideas and inspiration, Team RoomSketcher follows these top Scandinavian taste-makers:
Top 5 Scandinavian Design Blogs to Follow
- My Scandinavian Home – Inspiring home-tour blog on unique and beautiful Scandinavinan homes.
- Trendenser – Award-winning Scandinavian decor blog by Frida Ramstedt.
- Stadshem – Swedish real estate agency Stadshem employs talented interior designers, professional magazine photographers and stylists to give their listings exquisite Scandinavian panache. Follow them on instagram- we do!
- Alvhem Makleri – Alvhem Brokerage & Interiors is on the forefront of new trends in home sales, “blurring the line” between traditional brokerage and interior design services.
- Love Nordic – Design blog by interior designer and Story North co-founder Samantha Ósk Denidóttir.
Images: My Scandinavian Home, Trendenser, Stadshem, Love Nordic
Here are our top ten tips on how to create a Scandinavian interior from our own in-house design pro and interior architect, Frankie Elmquist:
Top 10 Tips To Create a Scandinavian Interior
Neutral Color Palette: Whites, warm beige, soft grays, cool blues, even black, are all repetitive color themes you’ll find throughout Scandinavia. Never underestimate the power of bright white- be it on the floors, walls or ceilings. It’s all about creating a light interior to combat the long winters or “morketid” (dark time) – Yes, it’s really called that.
- Natural Flooring: Keep it natural. Scandinavians love the outdoors and have a deep appreciation of natural materials- be it wood, ceramic, clay, or beautiful handwoven wool rugs. Always neutral in color to bounce the light. Scandinavians use light stains to great effect to control color and highlight natural grain. Try whitewashes, subtle gray oil stains to color yellowing, or a charcoal wash to contrast bright white walls.
- Wood: Scandinavians revere wood – the natural sculptural elegance of its grain and warmth of it’s color. Try creating a wood clad feature wall or highlight the grain of natural wood furniture by keeping the rest of the palette neutral.
- Accent with black or pops of vivid color against bright whites: Swedish designer Josef Frank was a master of this. His bright color patterns on white or black backgrounds from the 1930s and 40’s are still popular textile and wallpaper patterns today. You can find his work still in production at Svenskt Tenn or similar versions inspired by the originals at Ikea.
- Furniture: Keep sofa shapes simple, add a sculptural accent chair with fluid lines, and mix in an iconic mid-century piece or two.
- Ikea: We all love it and few Scandinavian homes are without it. Many great Ikea designs have gone on to become sought-after collectibles and beloved family heirlooms. Seek-out the quality made pieces with natural finishes that will last.
- Form and Function: These go hand in hand here. Keep room and furniture layouts simple, furniture practical and nick-nacks to a minimal to get that spacious uncluttered look.
- Fire & Ice: Cold winters are a reality up here. Whether its a corner ceramic tile heater, a modern Danish wood burner or a traditional hearth – a fireplace is a key feature in almost every home.
- Make it Cozy: Coziness is a true Scandinavian design tenant. Scandinavians achieve it through comfort, simplicity and balancing minimalism with warm natural materials.
- Outdoor Rooms: Come Summer, Scandinavians open up their homes and extend their living spaces outdoors to take advantages of long evenings and the mild temperatures. Extend your living areas with large glass doors that open on to a gracious deck or terrace with room for dining, lounging or even an outdoor kitchen. Oh yeah, did I mention the importance of fire? Scandinavians are raised to be masters of outdoor cooking so don’t forget to add a grill!
Images: Alvhem Brokerage & Interiors
Design Your Own Scandinavian Dream Home
Ready to design your own Scandinavian Dream Home? It’s easy with RoomSketcher Home Designer. The RoomSketcher product library is loaded with great examples of Scandinavian designs, finishes, and furnishings that you can use to create your designs. Create floor plans and room designs and visualize your interior design ideas in 3D.
To get started, simply create a Free RoomSketcher account:
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