this style is all about maximizing light in an area where it becomes a precious commodity each winter. key elements include white walls, white floors (oh, a someday aspiration for me), and windows left unadorned or covered with gauzy, white sheers. minimal furnishings are often white or wood pieces, and a few plants might be scattered around. if color is desired, one color is added in sparingly...perhaps a breezy ocean blue, a vivid orange, or a soft pink. some keep it simple by limiting color to white, black and grey. others opt to add only naturals and textures like flax linen, creamy wool, and pale wood grains.
as with most minimal interiors, restraint is the hardest working tool. it is much easier to fill a space with items invoking a certain leaning rather than to chose a few simple pieces with conviction. cultivating this skill keeps the surroundings open and airy, and will come across with a clarity of direction that only minimalism can deliver.
scandinavian style may be one of the most accessible styles to embrace. most homes can be stripped back to the basics...white paint, airy window coverings, clean walls, simple furnishings. choose a single color to use as an accent, if desired. keep it restrained by only adding a vase of pale pink roses from the garden along with a pale pink throw to cuddle up with in the evenings on the couch. or...use wooden cutting boards, spoons, and chairs to bring a minimal kitchen into focus. hang a wooden broom by the door and some natural linen towels at the sink. a hanging plant, white bedding and a creamy candle in the bedroom feels fresh and calm.
my aim with this series (originating here) is not to inspire the need for all new furniture or really any purchasing at all. the thought is that a minimal home can be a beautiful place with a little creative thought and editing. i hope it's just fun to be inspired, to possibly see things a little differently, and to make a few small changes, if desired.
bullet points for simple scandinavian style:
1. less stuff.
2. focus on a light and bright backdrop. white walls, clean floors, light window coverings.
3. exercise restraint with accents. keep it natural or choose one color.
4. add a plant.
my favorite simple scandinavian sites:
coco lapine design
my scandinavian home