How to have a Nordic interior?
The Nordic interior is a well-known phenomenon, and it's easy to spot: all white with splashes of tasteful color. But that doesn't mean you have to live in an all-white space with everything looking the same. In fact, incorporating new elements into your home can make it more interesting - and it doesn't have to be expensive or require massive renovations either! Here are some ways we've found that'll help you create a nordic look without breaking the bank or spending years renovating.
It doesn't have to be all white.
If you’ve seen a Nordic interior in real life or online, the look might seem to be all white. It can feel like there isn't much else to it. But that's not true! While there are some white elements and touches added into this style, they're often mixed in with other colors as well.
For example, if you want to add more color than just white but don't want anything too bold or saturated, consider using light blue tones instead of navy blues or black. Or even blush tones for some softness!
Another way of doing this is by adding in neutral colors such as grays (which are technically taupe) or tans—or even varying shades of browns which will still help tie everything together while also giving you a bit more versatility than pure whites would give you on their own. However if your home doesn't have large windows then try using whites instead because they'll help brighten up any room since they reflect light better than darker hues do!
But if it is, add some wood for contrast.
If you’re set on having a Nordic interior, and you want to avoid the white-and-neutral color scheme, there are some ways to still incorporate wood without overwhelming your space.
Use wood instead of white: Instead of using a bedspread or duvet cover in white, use one made from a natural material like linen or cotton. Linen can also be used as curtains if you aren’t comfortable with the thought of seeing every morning when you wake up (yes this happened). If using linen curtains is too much for your taste, then consider using faux suede curtains instead.
Use wood instead of neutral colors: If choosing between light browns and dark browns doesn’t give you enough variation in color schemes, add dark green hues or even red hues for an added pop against pale walls; these colors look especially nice when paired with brass accents!
Use wood instead of light fixtures: A chandelier might not be considered traditional Scandinavian design but it does look beautiful hanging from above – especially if it has crystals attached! You could also opt for pendant lights hung over dining tables or above seating areas where guests can gather around after meals have been served; these will provide more intimate lighting without being too harsh on anyone who might have difficulty seeing well at night due to age related issues such as macular degeneration (AMD) which affects over 20 million Americans according to The Vision Council USA Foundation."
Add a pop of color.
Color is one of the best ways to add life to your home. It can create a sense of calm, or it can give your room an energetic vibe. By using color in moderation you can also change the mood of any room and create contrast between different elements in the room.
To help you choose the right colors for your home, we've put together our top tips for adding color through furniture, accessories and artwork:
Include something rough, like sheepskin or fur.
The Nordic interior style is all about minimalism and simplicity. But that doesn't mean it should be boring! You can still add texture to your room with something as simple as a sheepskin rug or fur throw on your sofa. These items are great for adding warmth and comfort to a room, so use them in the bedroom, living room, dining room or home office (and even in the master bedroom).
Have a light fixture made from wood or metal.
If you're looking for a light fixture, wood and metal are both popular choices. Wood is more traditional, but metal can be used to create a modern feel. If you want to use wood, do not use it with nails or screws as they would damage the piece over time. Instead of nails or screws, try using magnets or tape to hold the pieces together. Metal fixtures are often made out of copper or bronze and may be painted in bright colors like red, purple and blue which will help them stand out in your room!
If you want your room to have the same Nordic feel throughout all its elements then we recommend combining different types of materials such as wood and metal! You could also mix up different textures by combining natural elements with artificial ones such as stone countertops side-by-side with concrete tile backsplashes—just make sure that everything still fits together nicely without creating too much chaos (elements should complement each other rather than compete).
A glass and metal coffee table will work well in the living room.
In the living room, a glass and metal coffee table will be perfect for your Nordic interior. Glass and metal coffee tables are easy to clean, which makes them ideal for households with kids or pets. They can also be used in multiple ways—for example, as a place to set drinks down or as an attractive surface for displaying accessories. Most importantly, these tables have a modern feel that will give your living room an elegant yet minimalist vibe.
Keep the furniture clean-lined and simple.
Keep the furniture clean-lined and simple. Don’t go overboard with the textures, colors, patterns and shapes. A room that has too much going on can be overwhelming to the eye. The best way to deal with this is by keeping everything in balance. If you have a lot of small furniture pieces then you should have fewer larger pieces or vice versa.
Don't go overboard with the textures.
Most of us are guilty of going overboard with the textures. And by "textures" I mean patterns and colors, materials and furniture types. We don't want to feel like we're in a Scandinavian furniture store, do we? That's why it's important to focus on balancing these elements.
If you have too many different types of furniture in your apartment, the space will feel disjointed (and cluttered). If you use too many patterns or colors, it'll be hard for guests to get comfortable because their eyes will be darting around the room trying to find an area where they can relax while still feeling at home. The same goes for materials: if everything is made out of glass or metal, it'll look cold—not exactly what we're aiming for here!
To keep things streamlined and cohesive throughout your home, think about each piece separately before purchasing them (or making them yourself). Try thinking about how each item relates back towards its function: does this piece work well with other pieces in my living room? Does this accent chair complement other pieces from my dining set? Is there any way I could replace something else instead?
Use neutral colors, like beige, gray and brown.
If you're going for a Nordic interior, the first step is to avoid bright colors. Also, avoid patterns that are too busy or don't work with the rest of your room. This is because even though your place may have a modern feel, it's still important to create a consistent look throughout the space.
Use neutrals like beige, gray and brown instead of vibrant tones like red or blue. These neutral hues will help create an overall feeling of calmness without distracting from other parts of the design.
The key here is minimalism - less is more.
Minimalism is a style of design that focuses on the essential aspects of a room and removes any unnecessary elements. Minimalism often uses only one or two colors, with the rest of the room being shades of those colors. This creates an elegant and clean look that's perfect for Nordic interiors.
It can be hard to find furniture that fits into this style, since most furniture manufacturers don't create items meant for minimalism - but there are ways around it:
Use simple pieces like benches or stools instead of chairs;
If you have an armchair or sofa, consider removing all but one armrest on either side to give your seating area a cleaner feel;
Opt for darker fabrics where possible (black works well) so they stand out against lighter walls; and
Go for larger-than-normal mirrors in order to make your space seem bigger than it actually is.
Let in as much natural light as possible - and that means no curtains!
Let in as much natural light as possible - and that means no curtains!
Solar energy is one of the most important elements of Nordic design, so you shouldn't hide it away behind thick curtains. Natural light has many benefits: it improves your mood, helps you sleep better, saves you money on electricity bills, and even makes you more productive at work. There's also a huge emotional benefit to waking up to see the sun rising over the fjord every morning; it makes your home feel like a sanctuary where you can truly relax and recharge.
Creating a nordic interior is easy when you know what elements to include and which ones to avoid
The first step to creating a nordic interior is to understand what makes it so special. Nordic interiors are simple and clean, light and airy, not cluttered or filled with furniture, decorations or accessories.
This is easy to achieve if you know which elements to include and which ones to avoid.
So if you're looking to create a nordic interior, remember that less is more. Just keep the key elements in mind and don't be afraid to mix it up with some bright colors or rough textures like fur or sheepskin!