When thinking about Nordic home design, most of us will probably automatically think of Swedish furniture giant IKEA (and quite possible the meatballs at their food court too!). But in reality the essence of Scandinavian and Nordic design is focussed on simple good quality that will last a life time. If you are decorating or doing up your home, then it could be a good idea to follow these Nordic ideas to create a style that is timeless.
Even better, since Nordic design is so functional and stands the test of time, it can actually be a trendy yet functional and economical way to do up your home. Especially if you are home-owner who’s planning to be there for the long-haul, taking Nordic design elements into your home will have it looking natural and chic at the same time in no time at all.
The use of wood in Nordic homes is a well-known feature and it is a wonderful way to make your home look more natural. Good quality wooden furniture is perhaps not as cheap as your MDF, however it will last for far longer. For the kitchen we love the look of a plain rectangular wooden table with matching benches for the seats; this is an uncluttered and traditional look that you’ll fall in love with.
Although you don’t need to be too precise when it comes to wooden furniture, do try to match the shade and finish (like the varnish used) for a more coherent look. If you already have a mishmash of wooden furniture, then it’s time to get the sander the out. Painting them all a uniform white will still look great with that cool Nordic vibe.
Nordic fabrics tend to be big and bold, favour motifs taken from nature and are usually in fairly bright colours. Window runners are really popular and they are a great way to hide blind fittings when they’re not in use too; pop matching ones in your kitchen windows for some rustic country charm. Practical vinyl table cloths are also something that you’ll often find in Nordic homes, but don’t think that these need be cheap and nasty; Nordic designers often turn their materials in lovely and bright PVC material suitable for table cloths so keep a look out for them online. Especially for kitchen materials, you’ll find the curtains, oven mitts, table cloths even tea towels are all of the same shade or design and these can change seasonally. It is a smart way to update your kitchen throughout the year without spending big bucks!
As for other fabrics around the house, think knits, crocheted blankets, woven rugs and big cushions with motifs on them. Not only will these help your home to look that little bit cosier, but they will of course make it more comfortable.
Lighting in general tends to be kept pretty simple a focus on light and airy. White paper lampshades in quirky designs are ideal and will always look chic. For the kitchen, forget the strip lighting over the kitchen table and instead opt for a low hanging tin shade in a bright primary colour for a seriously Nordic look.
Candles and fairy lights are also a hit, and not just at Christmas, so look out for hanging candle holders and elegant fairy lights too.
Achieving a Nordic look isn’t just easy, it’s practical too so hop on board this style.