Design Shuffle has provided this insightful article on Scandinavian designs. The historical design elements are very different from what we know today.
“Scandinavian style finds its roots over 200 years ago during the reign of King Gustav III. Swede Carl Malmsten in the early 20th century popularized the Swedish style we know today which combines modern elements with antiques and reproductions. The weather of Scandinavia also plays a role in the development of the style; long dark winters with little natural light necessitated the need to create light and airy interiors.”
“Traditional Scandinavian interiors are replete with pale-hued furnishings, floors and walls which all work together to brighten the Scandinavian home’s interior. Most everything is painted bleached or stained from the furniture to the walls in light pinks, blues, greens, grays, yellows and white. Fun accents of red and gold add to the brightness of the décor.”
“Furniture is painted, bleached or lightly stained and has clean lines and sensuous curves with tapered legs. Wood furniture is made from alder, beech, birch and white pine. Delicately carved designs are common on fluted furniture legs, tables and mirrors. Walls are painted in white, pale colors or wallpapered. Patterns tend to be stripes and soft florals on a white background. Stenciling is also popular. Decorative objects are ornate and often made with silver or glass.”
“The Scandinavian modernist tradition emerged in the early 20th century with designers stepping away from more ornate styling and concentrating more on function. Influenced heavily by the English Arts and Crafts movement, modern Scandinavian furniture is less ornate with sleek straight lines in light woods with round or tapered legs. Pure white interiors are common with accents of crystal and gold or silver.”
“Today, many Scandinavian designers mix the traditional with the contemporary such as the eclectic interior designs of Stockholm. One of the hottest trends is Maximalism, which are rooms filled with bold accents, unique furniture and interesting textiles. They are well-known for mixing modern and traditional Swedish styling for an eclectic design.”
If you are looking for a great rug to ground your Scandinavian style room, whether it be more traditional or modern, here are some great choices.