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5 Reasons Scandinavia Wins the Design Game

Jan 4th 2016 at 5:41 AM

Gaining an insight into Scandinavian design requires more than just paying a visit to your local IKEA store! Its rich history and seamless marriage between functionality and quality, makes Scandinavian design the go-to option for individuals with homes and commercial properties of all shapes, sizes and specifications.

The power and impact of Scandinavian design has been felt at either end of the UK since its recognisable, signature style swept the world at the beginning of the twentieth century. Influenced by modernism, a cultural movement that captivated Scandinavia and the rest of Europe at the end of the 19th century, Scandinavian design provided an outlet for designers and artists to turn their contemporary visions into a reality. Through this a number of design principles were born and are synonymous with its pieces to this very day. What design lessons should we take note of and which characteristics define Scandinavian design to make its creations great, practical and modern additions to every home?


Whilst style goes a long way, your furniture and wider design choices must have functionality in mind. Scandinavian design uses the simplest principles to ensure functionality can be integrated into any space. Many Scandinavian pieces incorporate streamlined storage solutions to create a clutter-free and calm environment in homes big and small.

Eco friendly

The need to be eco-friendly is never lost during the Scandinavian design process, in fact survival during the harsh winter months relies heavily on functionality, minimalist design and the use of resources only found in nature. Modern Scandinavian homes feature leading green technologies from across the globe, and their love of nature, and desire to save it, has an impact on how they decorate their interiors.

Despite the eco-friendly nature of many Scandinavian pieces, the cost also fits in with the simpler lifestyle that Scandinavians choose to lead, and high quality, eco-friendly furnishings can be purchased at very little cost.

Interior aware

Whatever Scandinavian inspired piece takes your fancy, the importance of natural light is for all to see. In a country where there are only a few daylight hours during the winter months, Scandinavian homes have to be resourceful, light, bright and airy, four principles that are embraced with the design and manufacture of every Scandi creation. The use of materials and colours that work to maximise natural light sits at the heart of many Scandinavian homes, and can be incorporated into your own abode with interior aware, consciously designed creations.

Influenced by nature

The use of wood within the home can add instant warmth to any space, whether your property is ultra-modern or traditional, a fact that the majority of Scandinavian designers take to heart. Wood is a dominant feature in many Scandinavian interiors and as well as providing a natural insulator, wood can create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere that brings any space to life.


Traditional craftsmanship

The influence of nature means that Scandinavian designers are in tune with their surroundings and make the most of all resources available, and with that comes quality and excellent craftsmanship.

This blog was contributed by Tim at Trivselhus by Esh. Find out more about Trivselhus by Esh’s sustainable, Scandiavian-inspired homes at


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