Combining functionality and design in furniture

Furniture trends come and go, each leaving a relevant impact on the public. In recent years, Nordic style furniture has caught the attention and affection of homeowners due to its simple yet elegant design and overall functionality.

Nordic furniture originated in the northern part of Europe, or what is known as Scandinavia, which is made up of the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. As a point of origin, Nordic-style furniture had existed in the region for years and continued to do so. Only recently has this aesthetic seen a sudden surge in popularity.

A wooden cabinet with an open locker in the middle and two closed cabinets on each side

One possible factor that has contributed to this recognition is admiration for minimalism. Nordic and minimalist styles feature clean lines, neutral tones, and an airy vibe that makes any space look spacious and organized. Ultimately, they follow the idea that less is more.

Nordic style cabinets come in different shapes and sizes. They also feature other compartments such as drawers, open storage cubbies, closed cabinets, etc., where owners can display their favorite decorations or keep their belongings.

Highlight the function of a room by placing large pieces of furniture as a focal point

Meanwhile, Scandinavian tables don’t need intricate designs to help them stand out in any space. Whether in the dining room, living room or office spaces, this understated piece of furniture attracts attention with its sturdy material, unique structure and natural colours.

The chairs also share this same concept. Whatever its function, it’s always made with durable materials accented with patterned fabrics, quirky structures and more. Nevertheless, they offer both comfort and style to any location.

Scandinavian homes feature simple, natural furniture

Despite the popularity of Nordic-style furniture and the growing number of people who want to transform their home into a Scandinavian-inspired home, others are struggling to adapt to this new aesthetic. With good reason, as the public has spent decades being exposed to home styles and decors that rely on bright colors, loud patterns and intricate designs to make areas pop.

Switching to a Nordic-style home isn’t as complicated as you might think. It all starts with color, and muted tones are the perfect hues to soak up the Nordic aesthetic. Some good examples are pastels and neutrals. These colors will serve as a backdrop to any space and accentuate the furniture that adorns it.

Use understated tones and embrace negative space to create a Nordic vibe

However, Scandinavian homes are warm and welcoming, not stark or cold like most minimalist designs. Add patterned or vibrant fabrics to a room to make it more inviting.

Another thing to consider when redecorating a home with Nordic furniture is to choose pieces with clean lines. It’s important to remember that these pieces feature simple silhouettes and natural materials. Once this has been determined, the next step is to find its suitable location. For large pieces like comfy seating, a dining table, or a bed, place them in the center of the room so they immediately grab the attention of anyone who walks into the area.

A simple work table with lower space for organization

Finally, embrace negative space. Since Scandinavian homes follow a simplistic lifestyle, it’s no surprise that there are bare walls or empty spaces from time to time. Their goal is to highlight the function of the room, and one way to achieve this is to eliminate unnecessary clutter that might say otherwise.

As more and more people embrace Nordic style furniture, they are also beginning to realize the beauty of simplicity and letting a space serve its purpose.

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