Scandinavians tables are the perfect addition to any minimalist dining room. Think Scandinavian style and we immediately think of light filled rooms with calming grey or white walls. Natural materials such as wood, leather, linen and wool abound, all influenced by the Nordic landscape. Natural light, airy, welcoming and warm – what’s not to love!
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So What does Scandi Style Really Mean?
Scandinavian design and style is noted for it’s focus on three main ideals. Clean lines, simplicity and functionality. Finding popularity in the 1950’s, part of what made Scandi style to pleasing to the eye, was it’s lack of clutter. Because of this, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything unnecessary decorating a Scandinavian style home. Everything therefore has a place and a useful purpose.
Rooms designed with Scandi style grace white walls to reflect light. Hints of colour placed here and there interrupt an otherwise neutral colour palette. Live plants bring the outdoors in. Adding warmth to the environment, wood is the predominant material for furniture and floors. Natural textures such as stone, no curtains or carpets, a woollen rug or two. Simple, no-fuss design.
Scandinavian Furniture Design
As well as influencing the way we design our rooms, the Nordic countries are known for their particular contribution to furniture design. The impact of iconic designs by the likes of Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Arnio, and Ingvar Kamprad continues to be felt today.
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What Influences Scandinavian Design?
A few key factors unite the Scandinavian countries in their take on design. Firstly, the Nordic weather is famously cold and dark and the landscape snow-covered for long months of the winter. Summers are disappointingly short, but bathed in intense light. The terrain is mountainous and heavily forested. It is hardly surprising therefore, that all this has a huge influence on design. Organic forms with natural patterning and materials are everywhere.
Secondly, the Scandinavians have thrived in their harsh environment by developing strong practical skills. They make the most out of the resources they have in nature around them. Industrialisation arrived relatively late here, so the love of traditional craft skills remains very much alive. Modern thinking in Scandinavian design has the craft tradition at its’ centre. The idea that ‘form follows function’ is in evidence at every turn.
Lastly, during the long dark months of winter, a Scandinavian home needs to look and feel warm. The idea of offering welcoming cheer is central to the whole ethos of design inside the home. Warmth can be expressed in many ways – through texture, colour, pattern and materials. Famously inclusive, the Scandinavians are tolerant in outlook. This sense is expressed in the love of simple, understated, well-made products rather than showy statement pieces.
Scandinavian Tables & Dining Room Style
In the dining room, to truly live in Nordic style, you’ll pull up a handcrafted chair, slide onto an oak dining bench. Gather everyone around a simple but beautifully designed wooden table. Add earthy, ceramic tableware, a scattering of candles, fine food and wonderful company. Above your Scandinavian table, choose clean, simple lighting. Add in a faux-fur throw here and there and you are ready to dine, Scandi style.
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