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Nov 4, 2018

How to achieve a minimalist interior design inspired by Scandinavian style


Edited: Nov 4, 2018

Hello dear readers, it's time to address another topic in "the talk". Last week when I asked you if you had any question, one of you asked me if I can explain how to achieve a minimalistic interior design. Minimalism has become really popular in recent years, everywhere we go, we can see "minimalistic interior inspiration" on platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram and more. But what does minimalism really means? it's a movement in sculpture and painting which arose in the 1950s, characterized by the use of simple, massive forms, it's also a deliberate lack of decoration or adornment in style or design.


This movement is mainly present in specific styles such as Scandinavian Design, therefore for this article, I decide to address minimalism in Scandinavian interior design. I also wanted to illustrate this article with pictures from the CAMPAIGN AW18 from Zara Home in order to allow you to purchase the pieces of furniture that inspires you.



Scandinavian interiors are based on the blend of texture, contrast, soft hues and modern furniture in order to create a warm and invited spaces characterize by one notion: "less is more". In order for you to achieve the perfect "hygge" decor in your home, there are a few criteria that you will have to follow.


1- Create multiple light sources

As said in my prior article in "the talk" about how to maximize in small living spaces (link:https://www.aestheticmuse.com/forum/the-talk/how-to-maximize-small-living-spaces), light is key. No matter the look you are trying to achieve in your interior, light is a key factor you have to take in consideration. In the case of Scandinavian interiors, you have to invite as much light as possible in the space, because the light is seen as a source of life. From natural light to artificial light, the goal will be to create a feeling of lightness and airiness to the room.

Use pending light to create a dramatic focal point in your room, and candles to warm up the design. As regards to natural light, prioritize apartment with large windows and light fabric curtain in order to maximize the light.


2- Use natural hues

Minimalism in the Scandinavian design set upon a particular color palette, white, beige, black, grey, and browns are the dominant ones. Those pure and simple colors add a calming look to the room. Usually, the walls are kept white with the intention of keeping the attention onto the pieces of furniture and the decorations pieces.


3- Produce a spacial arrangement

Due to its close connection with Minimalism, the essence of a Scandinavian interior is to have a spacial flow that allows an easy living. That's why the spacial arrangement is cluster free, throughout practical storage to keep a clean and stress-free space. You will have to keep your space as "empty" as possible.


4- Choose the right pieces of furnitures

The furniture you choose is really important, we look for nature-inspired element to add to space, we have to keep the space organic and find a balance between each furniture. In our case, we have to focus on modern and innovative furniture pieces. Clever functionality and pleasing aesthetics are important, therefore you should always look for practical pieces of furniture that will lighten your space and add character to the room.

Regarding their material, as said earlier we want to create an organic space, that's why we will prioritize the type of furniture with natural material such as stone, metal, and wood. The tone of the material has to stay within the same color range.

Additional tip: Use wood as a furniture (eg: dining and coffee table) to create a contrast with metallic decoration, this will create an accent in the room.



5- Use simple decorative

In the Scandinavian design, the decorative accent is very simple in style and in forms. You should add elegant ceramic vases, wool baskets, or fabrics with geometric patterns to add subtle color and texture to a home (eg: pillows, tablecloth, blanket). I will advise you to choose the one with warm colors in order to add coziness to your space.



If you live in a apartment with a traditional architecture, I will advise you to use this contrast with your modern furniture to your advantage, it creates a more dramatic statement. That's it guys, I hope you have a clearer idea on how to achieve a minimalist interior and remember, your space should feel airy, functional, and cozy.



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