Scandinavian winters are long and dark. Brightness is therefore an important topic for the Northern Lights, even within your own four walls. For a living room in Scandinavian style, many windows, many lights and candles are important.
In the evening or on particularly gloomy winter days harmonic light sources play an important role. Danish lighting classics, such as Louis Poulsen, are natural; but also modern, such as the feather-light, low-hanging pendant lamp "Eos" the Swedish company Vita (right).
Candlesticks, brass: Skultuna
From cream to white: Scandinavians love bright tones that reflect the light in all corners. White walls and furniture also brighten the room if it does not have quite as many windows.
In addition to a light couch or a beige armchair, white lacquered floorboards are often found in Swedish, Danish, Finnish or Norwegian living rooms. However, the whole thing does not seem sterile, as it plays with soft textiles and warm materials - as shown in this living room in Skamby, Denmark.
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Speaking of warm materials: the Scandinavian style likes to quote nature - especially wood belongs to Nordic living room. A paneled ceiling, wall or both is not stale, but typically Scandinavian. Modern are bright wainscoting of pine, spruce or birch, but also teak for mid-century flair or reclaimed old wood for a rougher look fit well into the homey living room.
On the floor you will rarely find cold tiles in Scandinavian living rooms. Floorboards or parquet not only keep feet warm, they also give the room a homely atmosphere.
The trick of the cozy, Scandinavian look lies in its simplicity. Strict lines set the beat, the form follows the function. There are lovely details, but a Scandinavian living room is not crammed with furniture and decoration. Individual pieces - such as a cozy couch, an inviting armchair or an interesting light - get a lot of space and can work.
In this living room in the Scandinavian style, for example, the graceful floor lamp "Gräshoppa" by Gubi the eye-catcher. Nothing distracts.
Scandinavia is home to some of the most influential furniture designers of the 20th century. Hans J. Wegner, Eero Saarinen and Alvar Alto - just to name a few. In this living room, the "Egg Chair" by Arne Jacobsen makes a strong statement for Fritz Hansen (designed in 1958). Be sure to use original pieces, the investment is worthwhile.
Other mid-century furniture goes well with Scandinavian-style living rooms. But here, too, less is more! After all, you want a Scandi-style living room, not a mid-century style living room.
Characteristic of the far north are not only bright colors, shades of gray and wood as a basis. Gentle pastel tones and a few bold accents usually relax the mood - for example, with a soft yellow cushion, an old pink couch by Hay or a mint green side table by Muuto (in the picture above). The soft colors bring out the restrained charm of the Scandinavian style well.
Clear lines like the northern lights in the accessories. Cushions, blankets or rugs with graphic imprints are popular. Rhombuses and triangles on textiles are just as much a part as vases with circular imprints. A well-known example, where sometimes it is colorful and wild, are the prints of Marimekko from Finland.
For the classic Scandi look a pattern mix in black, white and gray is suitable. With white walls and light furniture in the living room you can use a few splashes of paint.
As always, accessories are the fastest way to get a new effect without having to redesign the entire living room.
In the long Scandinavian winter, the northern lights cuddle up happy. Comfortable wool blankets or soft sheepskin (as a throw on the favorite chair) bring comfort in the otherwise very simple interior.
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If you do not want to bring real fur into your living room, look for beautiful faux fur and thick knit or wool blankets. The main thing is cuddly.
Did you notice something in all the pictures? Instead of a large, heavy coffee table in Scandinavian living rooms in front of the sofa like an ensemble of light, graceful side tables that can look quite different even quiet. On the one hand, this makes the room look more airy, and on the other hand, a handy side table is pushed or carried from A to B quickly. That comes as the spontaneous and casual Scandinavians called.
A typical Swedish fireplace with ornaments and brass elements fits naturally wonderful. But even a cast-iron stove works well in living rooms in Scandinavian style - because it interrupts the bright color palette and brings at the same time a cozy warmth in the living room.
If you do not want to do a lavish installation in your living room, electric fireplaces are a good and cheap idea.
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