Scandinavian style is getting more famous and entering more and more people’s lives. Living in the Scandinavian style is much more than a simple interior; It is a way of thinking that spans from your style of dressing to your attitude towards life in general. It is no coincidence that Finland, Denmark and Norway are among the happiest countries in the world. If someone has found the formula for happiness, they are definitely Scandinavian.
The basic principles of a Scandinavian style interior are simplicity and comfort. Niki Brantmark, the author of the My Scandinavian Home blog, recommends mixing old and modern interior materials and choosing natural materials. Scandinavian style is about quality, not quantity. Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish residents don’t try to own too much – they might prefer to have just one seat in a room rather than 2 or 3 if it’s comfortable, sturdy and can be used for many years.
So what can you do?
Do not try to fill in empty spaces with trinkets. Every detail in the room should be beneficial. For example, a sofa can have compartments for storing books. Without small items inside, the room might seem empty and gloomy, but that’s just not true. Scandinavians often use green plants and soft blankets as decoration, and they can put one or two bright pillows on the sofa to create a color accent.
A room is often used for several purposes. For example, a living room can also be a dining room, so Scandinavians like to zone the space with the help of light. You can use several different soft light sources such as ceiling lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces and finally small table lamps or even candles to visually divide the room.
Another important point is not to forget natural light. Swedes like to let in as much daylight as possible into the room, so there are no curtains on the windows or they use curtains made of sheer fabric. They use blinds only for the bedroom. Thanks to this approach, the apartment looks spacious and bright in the afternoon, and the evenings are comfortable thanks to the warm artificial lighting.
Scandinavian minimalism in clothes is based on the same principles as interior decoration – simplicity, comfort and practicality. When you look at the clothing collections created by Swedish designers, you will immediately notice the laconic cut, the lack of asymmetry and a small number of decorative items. Every person living in Norway or Denmark will definitely have basic clothing such as a simple t-shirt, a classic shirt, a leather jacket and of course a stylish jacket. In the summer, the coat can be worn, but it should be thin and light. Scandinavians prefer natural colors, classic or nude.
Outfits in a Scandinavian wardrobe can be easily combined with each other and it is possible to create several different looks with just one outfit. For example, a simple top that can be worn both individually and as a long tunic in combination with tight pants or jeans. In shoes, the priority is to always be comfortable and comfortable. In Scandinavian countries, most of the year is cold, so there are layers of clothes in their wardrobes. A few layers of clothing hold the heat further, and you can easily wear a T-shirt, a slim shirt, knit sweater, and a jacket on top for winter walks. Take a look at how harmoniously the Scandinavians do this so that you don’t look like you’ve dressed all your clothes at once.
Cleaning: Don’t be afraid to throw away unnecessary things
Margareta Magnusson’s book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning is very popular in Sweden. In the book, Margareta suggests thinking about what you will leave behind: A house full of unnecessary things, or a space where every detail is full of meaning and memories? This guidebook by Margareta is suitable for anyone who wants to save their home from unnecessary things. This type of cleaning is not just about dusting and organizing things, it’s also about rethinking your lifestyle.
It is recommended that you start this cleaning with your wardrobe as it will be easier to get rid of clothes than some kind of trinket, and you will probably find clothes you no longer wear on the shelves. Magnusson recommends counting all your clothes in 2 sections – put the clothes you wear regularly in the first section and get rid of everything else left in the other section.
You can buy a special box for your children’s drawings, memories and items that are very important and loving to you that you could not even imagine throwing away. After you’ve completed possibly the biggest cleaning of your life, Margareta Magnusson recommends rewarding yourself. But not by buying new things to replace old ones – by rewards like watching a good movie or meeting your favorite friends for dinner or going to the movies.
Overall, Swedes try to stick to an environmentally friendly lifestyle and prioritize recycling. Keep this in mind while organizing your items. For example, things that are in good condition can be given to the needy, and those in bad condition can be recycled.
Scandinavians prefer to use natural materials, and this is true not only for the interior of their home, but also for their wardrobe and food. You can find wooden floors in a Scandinavian family home, an oak table made of whole wood in the dining room, linen, wool and leather items in their wardrobes, and they eat baked fish and vegetables for dinner. The popular concept of hygge or Danish happiness is certainly possible not by ordering ready meals, but by homemade dishes cooked by your own hands.
In everyday life, we use many synthetic things such as artificial leather instead of genuine leather, plastic cutting boards instead of wood, and ceramic knives instead of high-quality steel. Of course, it won’t be easy to radically change your lifestyle, but if you really want to, you can start small. For example, you can gradually replace cheap kitchen items with high-quality utensils that will last longer.
There are several concepts in Scandinavia, each referring to a specific lifestyle. You’ve probably heard of the concepts of lagom or hygge. Apart from these, the Danes also developed a life philosophy called “lykke”. There are differences between all these concepts, but they also have a lot in common. We see the same message in all of these concepts – you have to enjoy the simple things. An evening with loved ones, reading a good book, a cup of hot chocolate after a walk on a cold winter’s day, or the smell of freshness after a rain – all you need to do is find something that brings you joy.
Make yourself comfortable wherever you are to approach the Scandinavian lifestyle. Any place where you spend a lot of time, like your desk or your office, should be a place to have fun. Bring plants there, print beautiful photos, frame them, and always keep your workspace clean.