What is Scandinavian Style Furniture and Why is it So Popular?

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Scandinavian design is a genre of design that has impacted many layers of design, including products design, architecture, and interior design. It began in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland) during the early part of the 20th century. By the middle of the 20th century, it was known worldwide. Scandinavian design combines functionality and minimalism, providing an appealing solution for simple living. At International Design Center, we offer an array of high end Scandinavian furniture pieces to enhance your décor.

Whether you are looking for a Scandinavian style sofa, Scandinavian chair and ottoman, or other Scandinavian style furniture piece, we have you covered.

Characteristics of Scandinavian Style Furniture

Scandinavian style furniture primarily relies on the use of standard geometric shapes without the addition of extraneous details. It is both practical and minimalist in its design approach. It also heavily favors the use of wood. Designers often use solid wood exclusively to build tables, chairs, and other furniture pieces in the Scandinavian style.

To complement the wood surfaces, designers will also use natural materials such as linen, leather, and high-performance design textiles. Some features of Scandinavian design can include modular shelving and hidden storage.

Ash, pine, and beech are the most common types of wood used for Scandinavian style furniture. These woods are light in color and consist of a more subtle grain with few to no dark markings or knots.

The high-end Scandinavian furniture style maximizes the use of layering, combining soft and hard materials and finishes, white, and natural lighting. White is one of the major visual features of this style of furniture. Although white is prominent in authentic Scandinavian style furniture designs, color is present as well, but it is often monochromatic with hues added in various accent pieces.

With Scandinavian design, the focus is on minimalism, simple, clean lines, and functionality with beauty. Textures, layers, and natural finishes are prominent features of the design for both furniture and hard and soft furnishings.

The Appeal of Scandinavian Design Furniture

The lack of bulk and clutter with Scandinavian design provides an appealing, refreshing, and relaxed atmosphere to the home environment. It provides an oasis for many people after coming home from a busy day at work.

To learn about the various high end Scandinavian furniture pieces we offer, or to ask us about pricing or locate a dealer, call us today at 612.341.3441 or email showroom@idcmn.com.


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