We ‘hygge‘ the house for Christmas, but then we take it all down again, leaving our minds clearer but our souls colder. My Twitter friend @Karamina drew my attention to the absurdity of this, when she told me she had re ‘hygged’ the living room last week. We need light in January as much as we did in December, so now is the perfect time to embrace Scandinavian design ideas. As we move into a new year, tidying up and decluttering can clear the way for more minimalist Scandinavian design.
- It might be minimalist, but Scandi design still has lots of heart, as this heart bowl and teapot from Sagaform show.
- Scandinavian design is known for combining functionality with beauty, in a way that allows you to carry on with the good stuff: living your life and enjoying your time at home with your special people.
- Another key theme is the outdoors, in Winter there is nothing worse than feeling cooped up, so designs that let the outside in, like this tree side chair set, are perfect. It also serves as a cheeky reminder to get off your backside and enjoy being among trees.
- Scandinavian design is big on wood in it’s as near to natural state, bringing calm and warmth and light. White or light walls help to bounce more light too. Who doesn’t need more light in Winter?
- Scandinavian homes bring people together effortlessly, I love the simple idea of a kitchen table bench, an easy way to make more room for extra guests at the table.
- Scandinavian design also makes room for cosy cushions, throws and candles in your living space. The easy way to quickly ‘hyyge’ your house. But beware, as I was saying in my last post, it’s easy to buy too many throws and cushions, balance it with a few hero home items too.
- Scandinavian design is all about the storage, not looking at clutter makes us happier.
I’ve picked out some gorgeous pieces at Wayfair which would bring me a happier new year. Writing this has got me thinking about a dining space that can also turn into a cosy space for paying board games as a family, doing homework, craft projects and chatting. Of course, there is lots of tea and somewhere to tidy away the bits and pieces afterwards… To see full details of the products featured above, check out my Scandinavian ideas board.
5 Cool Scandinavian Brands at WayfairUK
Fjørde & Co
Showcasing a minimalistic and honest look, Fjorde and Co combines a retro sensibility with Scandinavian influences to help you create a simple but cool environment complemented by chunky knits, small pattern repeats and light furs to gain a truly Nordic touch.
ETOL designs and produces their products in designs and materials that combine business with pleasure. ETOL Design Ltd has more than 20 years of experience from interior design products. The traditional Scandinavian values in design and quality are the main components in their creative work with new modern designs. They are proud of their choices of natural materials like wool, cotton, straw or synthetic fiber, metal and plastic.
When one of Mark Slojd’s designers comes up with a new idea, it takes one year before they have a finished product because of high demands for safety and quality. Products should not just look good, they should also have a good length of life. With a combination of investment in design and quality, many of Mark Slojd’s products have become classics.
Sagaform is proud to have introduced a whole host of design innovations, from the way they prepare coffee, to baking chocolate cakes in silicone moulds. Fresh approaches and design excellence has always been their principal focus. Function and quality is at the core of their work, culminating in a serious touch of style for your kitchen and home.
Bloomingville create, discover and collect beautiful objects for the home and garden. Bloomingville A/S was founded in Denmark in 2000. The unique Bloomingville style is a mixture of raw products with a nostalgic Scandinavian twist and reproductions of fantastic pieces from times past inspired by French brocante. Think Nordic style, updated vintage and handmade products.