Scandinavian design in the home
Thu 17 Aug 2017
It’s no secret that Scandinavian nations are consistently named among the happiest in the world, and their architecture and design are both intrinsically linked to the lifestyle that provides them such contentment.
A key consideration for modernist Nordic designers was improving daily life, with a focus on connecting with nature by maximising natural light in the home and incorporating natural materials such as wood, leather and hemp in both furniture and interiors.
Scandinavian design has been embraced throughout the world in recent years, and can be seen in some British homes with clean-cut furniture, light wooden flooring and colour schemes inspired by the home’s natural surroundings.
Their functional architecture and pared back design culminate to create clean, calm and inviting spaces. In recent years, the health benefits of decluttering have been uncovered in various research articles and books. This is very much in line with Scandinavian design - the idea is to be neat, organised and functional so that the home is as liveable as it can be. Having a good sort out and keeping your interior minimalistic is key.
Take a look at the Scandinavian influence in these Marsh & Parsons listings and get inspired!
Norland Square, Holland Park, W11
This architecturally remodeled maisonette has been redesigned to maximise the living space and natural light using glass tile walls and bright colours. The Scandinavian-inspired interior is comprised of light wooden floors, cool hues and clean cut furniture.
The Spinney, Castelnau, Barnes, SW13
Having just undergone a full refurbishment, this property’s large patio windows make the most of the available light entering the lounge, complementing the light wooden floors and bright walls.
Gloucester Gardens, Notting Hill, W2
This apartment boasts wooden flooring throughout, with a large open-plan eat-in kitchen and reception room with a dining area. The rooms are kept simple and minimalistic with light-coloured furniture and natural greenery. Natural light floods the bedroom through the patio doors - perfect for both wintery days and long summer evenings.
Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13
This open-styled property has a slight twist on the typical Scandinavian style using black as a backdrop to the kitchen area. The large windows allow a strong connection to the outside with the glass doors opening to the patio garden. Natural light is further enhanced in the upstairs room through skylights.
Chiltern Court, Baker Street, NW1
This apartment lets in a significant amount of light through the large windows and high ceilings which is then enhanced by the reflection from bright walls and light wooden floors. Minimal furniture and soft textiles help create a “hygge” atmosphere for long winters.