When you hear the words “Scandinavian design”, what is the first thing that comes to mind? IKEA. This modern movement is so much more than just IKEA furniture with funky names you can’t understand. Let’s cover some of the key elements to this highly popular design trend…
Simplicity. If you’re wanting to make the switch to this style then you will quickly learn you need to cut the clutter. It will no longer be an option to have a ton of knick-knacks all over or hiding things under your furniture. The furniture will point out all of these messy flaws. Start by going through your home and donating/tossing anything you no longer need in your home; it can be difficult to get rid of some of these sentimental items. My best suggestion for doing this is to put all of the cluttered table and drawer items into several boxes. Put these boxes in the garage for a month. If you have no need to use any of these items throughout the entire month then you can likely get rid of them for good.
Neutral Colors. If you love tan, beige, gray, white, and black then this design is perfect for you. It’s important to stay neutral when attempting to create this look in your home. If you think this look is too boring then feel free to brighten it up with some color, but try to stick to muted tones (and a few pops of colors aren’t going to hurt anyone — it’s your home!). A great place to focus on using light colors that take up a huge portion of the design in your house is the flooring. Try sticking to wood in light colors like our milk paint laminate or our limed dove hardwood. This is an easy way to lighten up your home!
Let in the light! Expose all of the windows in your home; get rid of any heavy and dark drapes you have covering them. It’s all about sheer window coverings and letting in the most natural light possible. Add any additional lighting in your home as well to brighten the space by utilizing candles or a fun arc floor lamp.
Bring in the outdoors. Natural elements are so popular with this design concept. Don’t hesitate to use wood in any way possible: on your flooring, furniture, or even your walls! If you’re wanting to add some color to the room then bring in some greenery with potted plants. Not only is it a great way to pull the look together, but it helps to have cleaner air in your home.
Texture. With all of those neutral colors in your home, things might look a little boring. Adding texture to your decor is a great way to liven things up. This can be easily done by using pillows with faux leather or fur, tossing a knitted throw on the couch, or even adding rugs with different pile heights.
Stick to these five main elements and your home is sure to look like a Scandinavian room in your next IKEA catalog.