Scandinavian design is all about being calm, simple, pure and yet being fully functional. Scandinavian design emerged in the 1950s and became popular again from the 1990s. It is characterized by simple design, minimalism, functionality, and generally low-cost mass production as evident by the huge superstores in IKEA.
One of the principle tenets of Scandinavian design is that of symmetry. The informality occurs with the simplicity of the furniture and the sparseness of the look but symmetry is also important, but as simple as two candleholders put side by side or two chairs, either side of a chest of drawers or writing bureau. Painted furniture is central to this design so purchasing a couple of chairs at auction and applying a couple of coats of paint and you will be well on your way to creating this look within your home decor.
White is one of the key colours for Scandinavian Design, it is not all about blue and white stripes. However, it is becoming more popular now to add in injections of colour – be it black, grey, yellow, or injections of any colour – it is the whole simplicity of the design that makes it succeed as a Scandinavian look. Bare wood is important to the Scandinavian look, as is paint.
Texture is also important and you can achieve this with chunky knitted cushions in plain earthy colours.