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Scandinavian Decorating StyleScandinavian Decorating Styles If a simpler style of decorating is what appeals to you, Scandinavian design might be the perfect choice. This decorating style focuses heavily on practicality and function, providing a minimalist effect that many people find to be refreshing.
This decorating style can work well in a variety of home and apartment styles. Because of its clean lines and minimalist look, it tends to maximize the usefulness of smaller spaces while beautifully complementing the spaciousness of larger homes. The end result is a fresh and simple look that works well with today's busy modern families.
Scandinavian Furniture ChoicesWhen choosing furniture pieces for this style of decorating, the focus should be on functionality. Furniture pieces that provide hidden storage will help you maintain the clean and simple decorating look that you're trying to achieve. Additionally, you should be looking for pieces that feature contemporary designs, clean lines, and simple details. It's not necessary to go overboard on furniture pieces when decorating a room in this style. In fact, as a general rule, "less is more" in Scandinavian design.
For example, when decorating the living room, a sofa, chair or loveseat, coffee table and a couple of end tables might be all you really need. Tables made from a combination of glass and aluminum work well with this decorating style, and light wood furniture pieces with straight lines, interesting angles and simple details are the perfect choice. Beech, teak, ash and pine are all good choices when it comes to selecting wood furniture pieces. Good metal choices include aluminum, steel and chrome. Natural fabrics such as organic cotton and linen are good choices for upholstered furniture pieces, as is leather.
Scandinavian Color PaletteScandinavian design often has a strong focus on natural and neutral shades, especially the lighter colors such as beige, taupe and white. These light neutral shades can provide the perfect backdrop for brighter and more vibrant colors used as accent shades.
For example, a room with white walls and tan carpeting can then be accessorized with pine green or perhaps a combination of red and black. Look for ways to combine interesting colors with neutrals to create a look that is fresh, modern and simplistic.
Lighting and AccessoriesIt's best to avoid using too many decorating accessories when employing a Scandinavian style. An over abundance of knick-knacks or small pieces will take away from the modern and simplistic look that you're trying to achieve. If you need to add a bright splash of color to a room, try using an area rug. Brightly colored area rugs can look especially nice against neutral wood floors. Modern lighting styles such as recessed lights can work well with the Scandinavian look.
Other good choices include track lighting or any light fixtures that are simple and modern in their design. When selecting window treatments, it's best to go light, simple and natural.
The end result will be a room that is as practical and functional as it is beautiful, providing the perfect simplistic backdrop for your busy modern life.