Scandinavia is snow, forests, sea and Vikings. This is what reflects the arrangement of the Northern style interior.
For the Northern interior it is important that the flooring is wooden. This may be a massive board or engineering parquet, but the natural pattern, created of the natural wood should be visible.
The Scandinavian style is characterized by the wooden furniture of simple and even rough forms. Most frequently, this is the table with the thick legs made of the flitch and the table top made of boards. It is covered with the transparent lacquer.
For the premises arrangement you may use the wooden décor elements.
But you may achieve real Scandinavian interior only when the ceiling is made of rough beams and the roofing made of the boards.
The color of snow and sea
The leading role in the interior creation is performed by the illumination. In the Scandinavian style the white is a dominant color, which is underlined by the colorful elements of natural colors. These are gray, blue and yellow-green colors of the environment. There may be some minor insertions of red. This is furniture or decorative elements which make the white background more lively and spacious. The decorations are used very rarely, this is rather ascetic, strict decoration or minimalism.
The soft furniture has predominantly gray and blue colors. The rectangular shape with the rounded angles. The natural colors serve as a complement, sofa and chairs are decorated with cushions. The most popular are the corner sofas in the living room interior.
The kitchens in Scandinavian Style most frequently are snow-white or with the addition of natural light wood. White marble and Dutch ware may be used.
If necessary, the Scandinavian interior may be arranged dark or multicolor. This is achieved simpler in the industrial interior. Against the background of the brutal brick laying of the wall, the white elements will be visible, the natural furniture colors will look softer.
When applying the blue color gamma not only the angular furniture may be used, but also the round or wavelike.
Quite frequently the premises are arranged in the minimalist style. The basic white background is underlined by the dark furniture items, creating harmony and contrast at the same time.
Fireplace is the central point of the interior
A fireplace warms the house up during the cold nights. Therefore, it is an important element in the sitting room interior of Scandinavian Style. Most frequently it is small and does not stand out from the general background. But it creates the atmosphere of comfort by its presence and the whole composition of the sitting room atmosphere is built around it. It may also be used just as a décor.
The issue of the premises illumination during the day is settled usually due to the large stained glass and French windows. The light is additionally intensified using the white and reflecting surfaces, creating the illusion of space and air. The darker bottom of the furniture wood and the snow-white walls lift the ceiling making it higher.
The lamps are not used much, basically they illuminate the separate areas. Intense general illumination at nights is not practiced in Scandinavia. Lamps for the décor are used even less frequently.
The Scandinavian style differs from the usual ones by the fact that living plants and flowers are practically not used in the interior. If there are some in the premises, they feel like accidental.
The most characteristic decoration is represented by the pictures and wood in its rough representation. For instance, the tables made of the rugged stocks, logs, elements of the rough boards. The pictures represent the environment rather symbolically.
The finishing is possibly similar to the natural peculiarities of the Northern coast. These may be the items similar to the woods or beaches.
Besides, it is necessary to remember that Scandinavia is the Motherland of Vikings. Therefore, the decorations in the form of the animals’ skins are popular. They may lie on the floor or on the chairs.
Key principles in the Scandinavian style arrangement are the naturalness, simplicity and absence of any excesses.