If you live in a small space or a studio apartment, you know you’re limited on design options. But Scandinavian design works best in apartments and areas with limited square footage. Here’s why.
Scandinavian design is one of the most popular modern interior styles out there today. People are drawn to it, not just for the simple clean lines, but for the functionally it brings to their lifestyle.
But what if you live in a little house or studio apartment? Is it really the best design choice out there for small spaces, or should you look elsewhere?
The answer is: you couldn’t find a better design choice for your small space than Scandinavian style. It was actually made for it. Here are the top 3 reasons to tell you why.
1. Minimalism Is Key
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Having a small space to work with means less stuff you can bring into it. That’s why Scandinavian design is all about minimalism.
Originally part of their design due to the small Scandinavian homes, it encompasses pieces that are functional, practical, and don’t take up a lot of space. Scandinavian furniture is raised off the floor with legs to create the sense of airiness. Rooms are kept de-cluttered and use simple, clean lines. Empty space on the walls and areas like bookcases are also used to keep the room feeling open.
“Less is more” is truly the rule of thumb here. When living in a small home, using Scandinavian design will keep things simple and practical.
2. Keep It Light and Bright
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It’s no secret, Scandinavian countries deal with long, dark winters.
So, in order to combat this, an important element of their design is to use white as their main interior color, accented with pops of natural, muted colors. Sheer white curtains are used to let as much daylight in as possible. Greenery is also incorporated to help bring the feeling of the outdoors in and give another pop of natural color.
This works well in small homes because it makes the space feel more open and airy.
Using darker colors, or even a variety of different colors, would close the visual space of the apartment, making it feel smaller and more cramped than it actually is.
3. It’s All About Hygge
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Hygge (“hoo-ga”) is a Danish word that essentially translates to the feeling of coziness, togetherness, and a sense of well-being.
Scandinavian design uses this in the form of cozy textures and fabrics, candles, and anything that will make a home feel comfortable and inviting.
Layer your small space with soft rugs, textured blankets, and throw pillows. Sprinkle candles throughout the room. Have a few personal trinkets or pictures displayed that make you happy. This is also another place to bring greenery into the apartment.
Creating a soft, inviting place to come home to will make your little house somewhere you will definitely want to hang out in.
Scandinavian Design Was Made for Small Spaces
When living in a small space, it only makes sense to use the design features that were made for such a space. That’s why Scandinavian style is the perfect choice for your little house or studio.
Now that you know how great Nordic design works for small spaces doesn’t this make you want to bring some Scandinavian style into your little house in the valley?
Bio: Chris McNair is the Manager of European Leather Gallery, the #1 Ekornes Stressless Dealer in the United States.
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