5 Reasons We're Still Not Over Scandinavian Design

5 Reasons We're Still Not Over Scandinavian Design

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Caylin Harris
Jan 19, 2017
(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Decorating trends come and go. Some of them we're even thankful to see go (sorry not sorry, wood paneling). But because of the soothing and neutral pillars of Scandinavian design, it's an interior style that has staying power. And we're not mad about it. In fact, we just can't seem to get enough. Here are five reasons why we are so obsessed.

1. It shows how refreshing white can be.

No matter what the color of the year happens to be, Scandinavian design always seems to highlight that crisp, classic, brilliant white. (Not that drab beige we are so used to seeing Stateside.) Then, pops of color are added through accessories — and those colors end up looking even more vivid against such a clean, neutral backdrop.

2. It does simple, classic furniture so well.

Not only does Scandinavian furniture feel great to sit, sleep, or lay on, but the clean lines mean they also look beautiful too. And the craftsmanship just doesn't compare. While you won't find overly ornate pieces, you'll never regret buying something so classic and simple. Said item will be in your living room for the long haul.

3. It highlights long-lasting, beautiful materials.

Because the style is so pared down, the quality of the woods and fabrics that are used are of the utmost priority. There might not be much to each piece, but the attention to detail is usually top-quality. Even if you're getting something from that famous Swedish big-box store, the quality will almost always be impressive when the price tag is considered.

4. It celebrates natural and organic materials.

You'll find lots of natural wood tones and different textures. The textiles used are ultra cozy and show off an amazing range. Natural materials like linen, wool, cotton, fur (sheepskin, specifically), glass, and pottery help add dimension to an otherwise neutral color palette.

5. It helps show off natural light in your home.

The vivid whites and neutrals make any sunlight that enters your home look like you're living in a photo studio. Even on a cloudy day, your space will still feel open, light, and airy — even if you're a little short on space.

Have you worked Scandinavian design into your own home? Or your Pinterest board? Tell us what you love about it in the comments!

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