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About Scandinavian Style Design

Scandinavian design is very popular right now. You can find information about it all over the web. Its light colors and soft feel make it pleasing to the eye and the textures that are commonly incorporated into "scandi" design are often natural in form. However, there are many variations on the Scandinavian style design. In this article we are going to take a look at some of the common features of this design style. As we do, we will highlight some of the DEKTON products that can be incorporated into the look.

Scandinavian Is Regional

When you think of Scandinavian, you may get a mental image a certain part of the world. Some, when thinking about it, include countries that aren't actually Scandinavian. A couple of examples are Finland and Iceland. Yet, these two are related to the Scandinavian countries in the sense that they are all "Nordic". Technically speaking though, the Scandinavian countries are:

  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Norway

"That's enough of the geography", you might be thinking, "Let's get on with the design stuff!" So, for the purpose of this post, we will stay away from technicalities and defining which styles came from where and when they became popular. Rather, we will stay on the task at hand. Namely, identifying the features that can be found in the Scandinavian design style and what types of elements compose this popular taste in home decor and design.

Scandinavian Is Clean and Focused

When talking about the "scandi" design style, particular features come up. One of the big ones is the minimalistic approach. The simple, clean presentation is accomplished by leaving out the extras, which is often times viewed as "clutter". Simplistic lines and cleanliness tend to be the focus of this style. Yes, the Scandinavian style of design is one that exudes an airy, bright feel in a simple way.

Light & Natural Permeate "Scandi" Designs

Along with the simple focus on clutter-free minimalistic appearance, this design finds expression through its use of nature. One way it accomplishes this natural feel is by using plenty of natural light. Although other forms of lighting are commonly incorporated into Scandinavian styled decor presentations, natural light is often there too. And one thing is for sure, whether it is natural light or otherwise, there will be a lot of it. In fact, bright is a dominant theme when it comes to this design style.

Light is not the only way that nature is incorporated into the design. Other natural elements are often found in the Scandinavian style design pattern. For example, you will normally find plant life. You guessed it, live plants are a plus when going Scandinavian with your design elements.

Another way to include nature in your "scandi" decor is to include some wood textures into the design. Lighter wooden tones in particular are found in rooms of this decor theme. Why? For the reasons stated earlier. Lighter colors of wood tend to be softer and brighter than darker ones. Although, you may find some with darker accent pieces, most wood in Scandinavian style home decor is lighter and softer.

DEKTON colors that could be incorporated into a Scandinavian design are the following:

Each of those DEKTON colors that description of light and soft wood textures that are a common aspect of the Scandinavian decor elements we have been discussing. Of course, those are not the only choices available. In fact designers use all sorts of DEKTON to accomplish this. Below are a couple of examples.

As you can see from both of the images above, this particular design style can have totally different feels. As with many popular design styles for home decor, the designer's skill plays a role in how the style is expressed.

Colors of Scandinavian Design

So, which color palette is the best for the design style under discussion? While the style does have some color, it tends to be softer hues. Shades like bluish gray and other muted tones are factored into the designs. For the most part though, neutral colors tend to be the basis for the palette. Bright white, beige, grays are great neutral colors that get used often. As you probably thought, tans are also included since they are the color of the light natural wood textures we previously mentioned.

So to sum up this design style, it is a simple, minimal design with much light. It is made up of natural textures in the form of plant life and wood finishes. All of which work with a neutral color palette to create a bright, comfortable, clutter-free area bathed in light. Will your next design be a "scandi"?

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