Scandinavian Style: Tips to Achieve Sophisticated Minimalism

But what should you fill it with?

but what shall you fill it with, my dear?

Black and white with pops of color. Linear shapes and modern patterns. Cozy simplicity. These are the elements of true Scandinavian style, which seem to be popping up everywhere from tea towels to graphic garb. Look past the aisles of Ikea and I assure you, you’ll find similarly sleek ingenious design in all four corners of the earth. It’s been trending for years and won’t soon be gone. Jump on board as the Scandinavian Style invasion continues.

Danish-Modern Home Accents
Do what it takes to get your hands on a teak desk or mid-century modern credenza. These little gems quickly transform any living space into a unique and stylish setting. And if you’re a true risk-taker, splurge on a Nanna Ditzel hanging Egg chair . It’s sure to take your sitting room to new heights (and your bank account to new lows).

All-White Interiors
I can’t lie. Unless you are child-less, this is a disastrous design choice. Nevertheless, Northern Europeans pull it off with warm, welcoming, and enviable finesse. From white walls to painted wood floors, when done right all-white interiors offer a clean and modern living space.

Cheeky Accessories
Add an enormous some humor in unexpected places. My favorite example of this is in patterned textiles and linens. Designers such as Marianne Westman cleverly enhance daily life with fun little sayings and illustrations on tea towels and dishware. She’s one of Sweden’s most loved. Now in her 80’s she’s designing for Almedahls. Better yet, keep your freshly brewed coffee or tea cozy with a Hedgehog cosy from Danish design firm By Nord.

Swedish Demeanor
Trade in the French Ingenue for the Scandinavian Style Savvy with a plaid midi-skirt and a pair of suede booties. Earthy charm combined with an effortless attitude solidify your look. Channel your inner Swedish gamine with tomboy flare and you’re sure to turn into a style icon amongst your chicest friends. –Laina Miller


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