Scandinavian design: a clean and versatile style

Scandinavian Design is very simple, sober but impressive. It is a clean, linear and extremely relaxing style. But let’s try to understand each other more, let’s try to define it more precisely to get ideas and inspirations for decorating the home.

The Scandinavian style, as its name suggests, was born in the countries of the Scandinavian peninsula : in fact, for this very reason it also takes the name of Nordic style.

The Scandinavian style is characterized by clean lines , quality material textures and a simple and functional design. The idea is to create a functional space that is lived in, welcoming and warm . This is usually achieved by leaving wood grain , metal or rough stone finishes exposed and using the textures of materials such as wool, linen and leather. Bright color is not commonly used, mostly neutral and earthy schemes and palettes are used.

Open and spacious spaces, functional design and lots of wood – these are the basic elements of the Scandinavian design style. Scandinavian design draws great inspiration from nature, not only in terms of the materials used, but also in terms of the shapes of the furniture.

A style suited to man’s needs


Clean, sober, elegant and refined but at the same time “warm” and welcoming: this is the Scandinavian style. The Scandinavian style stems from the need for harmony between man and nature to counter standardization and exasperated technology. Hence the idea of ​​design objects that bend to the needs and needs of man.

A design capable of placing itself at the service of a community, belonging to a territory with an adverse climate and with little light. A style created to try to “help” a people to create a warm, bright and welcoming home space despite its territory and its climate.

The absence of frills, purity and order contain the purest essence of this style. Nordic design is a way of life , it is something you recognize as you stroll through the streets of Scandinavian cities, but it is also a trend that conquers all those who love being in contact with nature.

The basic principles of the Nordic style

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Nordic design expresses a strong passion for geometry : the Scandinavian style prefers clean, essential lines and blocks of color and fabrics, accessories and furniture are conceived as a reasoned set of clean and simple geometric shapes.

Linear, simple, practical: Scandinavian furniture is the triumph of essentiality and the imperative is  “less is more!” . The Nordic design reflects the characteristics of the countries in which it has developed. The mood and sober elements typical of Scandinavian furniture have quickly conquered the rest of the world and are also successful in Italy, also thanks to Ikea , where they have merged perfectly with our Mediterranean style.

Another guideline of this style is the particular attention to ecology and respect and harmony with the natural environment. A healthy love for the most authentic nature transpires in the Scandinavian furniture: the charm of the woods, the majesty of the Nordic landscapes find their precise and refined expression in the concept of interior design.

The other watchword for Scandinavian furniture is  functionality : any aesthetic excess is banned in favor of perfect purity, geometry and linearity. A philosophy that does not look at the choices of trends and glamor but pays attention to the point, with an aesthetic effect that is always appreciable and a fair attention to detail. A room furnished in Scandinavian style is not a cold and aseptic environment but, on the contrary, conveys a sense of warmth and particular welcome, inspired by the choice of furniture and furnishing accessories.

Main features of the Scandinavian style

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Essential, sober, bright: Nordic design is characterized by a simple and linear style, by the use of natural materials and by light. There are many connections with the minimal style, but the Nordic style furniture has a warmer and more welcoming soul. The goal, in fact, is to counteract the cold outside.


The Scandinavian geographical area, for many months, is stingy with light : for this reason Nordic design prefers the choice of light, luminous and reflective shades and colors. White is the main color in all its shades: on the walls, for bathroom and kitchen tiles, up to the floor and furnishing accessories.

White makes spaces brighter even in low light: this is why it is the dominant element for this style. The shade that lends itself most to matching white is of course black, but there is no lack of red or blue accents.

Alongside the omnipresent white, in the Nordic style home there will be a prevalence of  soft and soft nuances : pink, gray, beige, dusty blue and aqua green will be ideal for delicately coloring the textile accessories, but also for giving color and warmth to the walls. of the House. The pastel shades will gracefully approach the natural shades of wood and the environment will become sober and simple, without sacrificing creativity and style.


Among the materials, on the other hand, one cannot ignore  wood , proposed in its most natural or bleached version, so as not to weigh down the environment. Insulating, warm and ecological is the real secret of Scandinavian furniture: oak, walnut, birch, ash and larch are a real must. The latest trend is bare wood, simple and unadorned especially in light shades, to preserve all its defects and peculiarities.

Wood is not only used for furniture and accessories, but also to cover the walls and the floor. The goal is to give the room heat, heat that is halved by the intensive use of white.


The Scandinavian style always refers, in inspiration, to an ideal of natural simplicity. The fabrics, therefore, are preferably natural and a little rough. Green light to wool, linen, leather, fabric, velvet and everything that expresses warmth and protection against the cold northern winters.

Soft and warm, these details will also contribute to making the environment hospitable and comfortable and to fill the room with warmth and a unique sense of welcome, for a home where comfort and design go hand in hand. The patterns will once again be geometric, or inspired by the world of fauna and flora.