Living room in Scandinavian style: the less the better

“It’s easy to make a difficult thing, yet to make an easy thing is quite difficult”. This aphorism most accurately expresses the whole essence of Scandinavian design. It is not a problem to create a beautiful living environment for a human being with the help of expensive materials and various decorative elements. To achieve harmony, style, and beauty with a limited number of resources is a much more complex task.

The beauty of simplicity, conciseness, functionality – all these epithets regard to such a significant phenomenon in art as is the Scandinavian design. According to the designers working in this stylistic direction, functional and beautiful things should be available not only for the rich but also for other sectors of society.

At first glance, the Scandinavian style can be confused with minimalism. Indeed, these two styles are similar with the absence of unnecessary decorative details. However, the simplicity and conciseness of minimalism are sterile, whilst the Scandinavian style interior is full of freshness and lightness.

The Scandinavian style is popular not only in North Europe: a living room in Scandinavian style can be found anywhere in the world including Russia, Serbia, China, America or even Australia.

#1 by Andrea Papini
#1 by Andrea Papini (Malmö, Sweden)
Functionality is one of the distinctive features of Scandinavian design in general and the Scandinavian style interior in particular. Why should we make beautiful yet practically useless wall lamps and purchase a floor lamp or a table lamp for local lighting when we can get one but functionally set?
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#2
Scandinavian interior features no unnecessary fussy details in finishing or decor. But there are things that attract attention. Particularly such an item in this living room is the carpet: it forms the composite center of the interior.
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#3 In contrast to minimalism, the Scandinavian style is very comfortable: plenty of textiles including handcraft is usually used in interiors.
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#4 The Scandinavian interior makes comfortable not only the textile but also simple yet very pleasant tactile and visual furniture items and decor.
#5 by Daniel Reutersward
#5 by Daniel Reutersward (Stockholm, Sweden)
The Swedish design can be prescribed in the cases of increased anxiety, depression, and other neurological disorders. In this age when the density of informative flow is extremely high, minimalism, peculiar to interiors in Scandinavian style, is indeed curative.
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#6
Without unnecessary details does not imply a thorough absence of beautiful furniture pieces. Simple lines that make a complex shape – that’s the beauty in simplicity.

Scandinavian Living room

#7 by Den Krasik
A Scandinavian living room may well be a bright: works of contemporary abstract art, bright textiles – all these are tools for creating bright colorful spots on the background of monochrome shades of white.
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#8 Philippe Stark is not a Scandinavian. But the objects of his design, for instance, the juice squeezer Juicy Salif or the Plexiglas chair Louis Ghost seem to be created specifically for Scandinavian interiors.
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#9
Once the designer leaves a Scandinavian style interior, there always remains a place for the homeowner to express himself: the designer created a marvelous neutral background for your life. When having any other interior style you should take great care not to spoil the strict order made by the specialist with any accidentally wrongly placed item.

Scandinavian apartment in Murmansk

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#10
Murmansk is also Scandinavia, but on the other side: you can feel the Nordic character.
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#11
In this living room, you can feel the breath of the Arctic Ocean with its sparse colors: lead gray, graphite, dark turquoise.
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#12
The good work by the designer can be identified by one single feature: it is not seen. The viewer must get an impression that nobody made anything, everything was just like that. This is called naturalness. Or sincerity.
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#13
One must have the habit toward a white polar day. For some it is impossible. But others can’t imagine their lives in a different way.
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#14

Scandinavian Shades of White

#15 by Milan Stevanovic
#15 by Milan Stevanovic
The white color is diverse just for the reason there is no white color in nature: it is simply a feature of human vision when the light of various spectrum causes identical color sensation fixed by our brain.
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#16
The form, color, light. We perceive the world around us this way. Our figurative apprehension and conception of the world are based on these three pillars. The fireplace in this living room is not a simple heater. It is one of the interior dominant features the area is constructed around which.
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#17
The lightness of existence is a gift far not everyone has. We are burdening ourselves with frames and conventions. Who said that an armchair must necessarily be a complex construction with a frame, springs and upholstery? An armchair must necessarily be only comfortable.
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#18
Necessary sufficiency – vital principle. The Scandinavian style is the embodiment of that vital principle in an interior. You can easily add something in the living room shown in the photo: a pair of bright cushions or a luxury Chinese vase, a stylish poster or an armchair fashionable this season. You can, but why?
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#19
A monochrome interior – it’s not boring. The different lighting gives different feelings, and feelings create impressions.
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#20
The shades of white allow feeling the charm of the color game, as well as perceiving the beauty of pine board texture.

A Chinese look at a living room in Scandinavian style

#21 by Qun Zheng
#21 by Qun Zheng (Shantou, China)
They say that Europeans and representatives of Asia have thoroughly different world perceptions, therefore they face difficulties in understanding each other. However, this statement can be right only partially: Chinese people, with their completely different traditions in interior decoration, are not indifferent toward quiet and concise Scandinavian style either.
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#22
The cool shades in the color spectrum of the living room shown in the photo are borrowed from the northern nature. The open space, laconic setting and monochrome atmosphere create an organic interior.
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#23
The white color makes the interior spacious: this living room is combined with a small kitchen yet does not look incommodious.
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#24
Simple materials of natural and artificial origin are successfully combined in interiors of Scandinavian style.

“Monochrome” – Scandinavian motif can be found even on the Australian continent

#25 by Anastasiia Andreichenko
#25 by Anastasiia Andreichenko (Melbourne, Australia)
Everything is different in Australia as compared with the Northern Hemisphere: end of May is a late autumn, the greatest part of country’s territory is occupied by deserts and semi-desert areas. There are only two major rivers on the whole continent. But the living room in Scandinavian style in Melbourne looks the same as in Stockholm: light shades, a light graphic of the carpet pattern, lamps and plenty of natural light.

Scandinavian living place

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#26 The combination of white and gray shades is itself quite stylish. Yet, to add a certain game portion, the designer enriched the decor with a dark gray wall similar to the old school board.
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#27 Meanwhile, the picture on the wall makes the simple wall an art object.
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#28 The combination of turquoise, yellow and gray is typical to Scandinavian style.
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#29 The Scandinavian style interior is the sequel of Scandinavian lifestyle: solid and not luxurious, functional and not fashionable.

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