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As the style which originally lent the inspiration for our classic city Mapiful, our prints feel that extra bit at home in this kind of interior. But what is the real meaning behind Scandinavian styling? Thanks to our Swedish roots, we think we might know a thing or two on the subject.By Edvin Brobeck
As the interior style which originally lent the inspiration for our classic city Mapiful, our prints feel at home in this kind of interior. But what is the real meaning behind the Scandinavian interior design style?
Thanks to our Swedish roots, we think we might know a thing or two on the subject. Go and grab some fika, and get ready to mysa with us!*
*In Swedish, this means: let’s cosy up with a cup of coffee!
The clue is in the name! This modern yet minimalistic Scandinavian interior design styling actually takes its inspiration from the landscape and lifestyle of the Scandinavian countries.
Originating in Norway, Denmark and Sweden in the mid 20th century, it has a rich history, and became known in the other Nordic countries of Finland and Iceland, and has enjoyed ongoing worldwide popularity ever since.
Scandinavian citizens value nature and are known for spending a lot of time outdoors. As such, the clean lines and textures of the Nordic landscape lent inspiration to those found in Scandi styling.
The need for comfort that long cold Scandinavian winters bring also played a part. Coziness rituals are a big part of the Nordic lifestyle, so this type of interior invites big cozy blankets, deep sofas and a place to serve warm cups of coffee. Winters in the Nordics are dark, too, so a focus on light in the space is necessary. Think minimalist candle sticks, and bright windowsill lamps!
A focus on clean lines and functionality defines the Scandinavian interior. Simple storage, modern furnishings, and minimal light fittings work together to create a striking and practical vibe that never seems to go out of date.
This doesn’t mean that it skimps on coziness and style though. It is one of the most aesthetically pleasing interior styles, and one reason for this is its love of cosy accessories whilst maintaining a general lack of clutter. Imagine a tidy space where everything fits perfectly into its own spot, and necessities are conveniently on hand. Satisfying, right?
This style just oozes a sense of calm, and maybe this is why many find it oh so appealing.
Scandinavian style lends itself well to bright, modern spaces, but can be incorporated into any kind of home due to its versatile colour scheme.
It doesn’t only favor cooler colors, either. This style is all about coziness, and warm tan colors working together alongside natural wood pieces, to make us feel ready to stay indoors and cozy up!
Colors and accessories are generally kept minimal in this kind of nordic interior style, but celebrating the moment you moved in together or bought your first home with a custom poster is not only fitting, but oh so meaningful. This Scandinavian inspired star poster is minimal and sleek, and perfectly compliments this sleek bedroom.
Can’t get enough of Scandi styling?
Take a peek at our Mapiful Style Guide to see how to incorporate your Mapiful into a Scandinavian style interior.
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