- Posted by jversichele
- On November 22, 2017
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- furniture, living room, scandinavian decor, scandinavian design, scandinavian interior
You’re convinced that the Scandinavian décor scheme is right for you. After all, there are many benefits to this décor style. But there’s just so much furniture out there. Just how do you begin to search for the right pieces?
With these six handy tips, you’ll be able to tune out the 95% of furniture that just won’t fit into the Scandinavian look. And as long as you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to select the furniture for a Scandinavian living room that most reflects your individual tastes.
Pick Lightweight Furniture with Clean Lines
This is true both for seating and for things like coffee tables and tv stands. Furniture for a Scandinavian living room décor scheme should always have a clear sense of line. When you look at a piece, do you see mainly geometric shapes such as squares, ovals, and triangles? If the piece has clear geometry than it is likely a good fit for your Scandinavian décor scheme.
You should also take the weight of the furniture into account. Contemporary Scandinavian design takes many cues from mid-century design. This can be seen in the use of tapered feet and visible space underneath couches, chairs and other pieces. Lightweight furniture with visible spaces underneath creates a sense of openness, which is essential to Scandinavian design.
Overstuffed couches and chairs as well as bulky, heavy tables and cabinets. Scandinavian design is intended to give the illusion of free space, even if you live in a small home. The bulkier the furniture, the more your décor scheme will drift away from the Scandi look.
Alternate Round and Rectangular Forms
By adding some round forms to your décor, it has the effect of softening your décor scheme. For example, if your couch is rectangular, you can balance it out with a round coffee table. Or if your coffee table is angular, maybe get some circular accent tables in the same color. Or even some round poufs!
Again, it all comes back to geometry. Try to have a variety of shapes in your décor scheme. If you’re worried that having too many shapes will make your décor look haphazard, then use colors to create a sense of unity. Let’s take the angular coffee table and round accent tables for example; they may be different shapes but if they’re all the same color then you create visual interest while still preserving a sense of unity.
Having all angular pieces. This will make your décor look too harsh. You also don’t want blobby pieces without any defined shape at all.
Add some warm wood accents
This can be done by having a hardwood or laminate floor. Alternatively, you can pick out some chairs with warm wood arms or a wooden coffee table. Scandinavian interiors are supposed to convey a sense of warmth. This sense of warmth can sometimes get lost when you use a lot of white, gray and blacks, which is also very popular in Scandinavian décor. By adding some wooden furniture, you can get back to that warm, natural feel.
Fully carpeted floors. Scandinavian interiors typically have wood floors. You don’t even have to be able to afford hardwood. Laminate looks just as good. You can put fun area rugs down for where you want your feet to land warmly and softly.
Choose simple lighting
This is best done with some simple pendant lights and either floor or table lamps. When it comes to the design of these pieces, the simpler the better. For a rough industrial look, you can hang a cluster of round bulbs without lampshades. For a more mid-century modern look, try a wooden tripod floor lamp with a drum-shaped lampshade. You can have a lot of fun with lighting and play with combining styles.
It’s also ok to have uneven lighting. In fact, that’s actually the point. When it comes to lighting, Scandinavian interiors tend to have a few defined light sources. There is also a play between light and shadows. This creates a romantic and cozy atmosphere.
Bright overhead lighting and chandeliers. Simply put, bright overhead lighting kills the cozy mood and chandeliers are pretentious and busy. They’re the Donald Trump of interior lighting. Don’t do it.
Add in some geometric or organic patterns
When selecting furniture for a Scandinavian living room, many get caught up in making things as minimal as possible. In order to keep things fun and lively, be sure to add some patterns into the mix. This can be done with cushions, wall art, or an area rug. You can go bold and have a patterned couch or armchair as well but be sure to balance it out with some solid pieces. Geometric patterns look great in Scandinavian interiors.
Organic patterns are also good choices. Keep in mind that organic doesn’t necessarily mean floral. Organic patterns in Scandinavian design make look plant-like or natural but will usually have some sort of abstract quality.
Loud patterned wallpaper on large surfaces. You may be able to get away with it on a small accent wall. But, just a warning, putting up wallpaper is a hassle. You’re better off putting up something less permanent like artwork.
Have fun with statement pieces
When you’re browsing online or in the furniture showroom, you will likely find a truly unique piece that you just love. It may be a little quirky, a little weird. You may be thinking, should I get this? If you love it and if it is good quality, then get it. After all, it’s your interior. Your statement piece should reflect who you are. And though Scandinavian design can be subtle, it can also accommodate your statement piece. Go for it!
“Trendy” pieces that you will regret in less than five years. Wooden pallets are big right now for some reason. Mark my words, you will regret this trend as soon as you start getting splinters and stubbed toes. They also just look dirty. Avoid these kinds of trends.
Again, quality is the key here. If the piece is made very well, is sturdy, and is crafted with quality materials then it is likely not simply a “trend” piece that’s meant to be thrown out in a few years.
Picking furniture can be tricky. If you follow these 6 tips you will be well on your way to setting up an awesome Scandinavian living room.