Scandinavian & Industrial Design: A Match Made in Heaven July 15 2016, 0 Comments
Who would have thought that the harmonious marriage between Scandinavian and industrial design was possible? The quiet, unassuming wintry look of this European interior was surprisingly a great match for the raw, blunt aesthetics of industrial design. But as we ponder how these two different decors hit right, let's take a look at the different features of these two modern interior looks.
Scandinavian decor takes a page from homes perched in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and other nearby countries. Its main aesthetic: clean colours in white, grey and pastels, reminiscent of the child-like colours of winter. Walls are often in solid, muted colours which makes them easy to blend with other home decors. Playing with textures, however, becomes a breeze. Despite the bare look, one can keep a Scandinavian room interesting by installing a brass pendant lamp, a woolly rug or printed textiles. Colours are minimal and patterns are not overwhelming, because the palette is chosen carefully and with great thought.
Another thing to point out in Scandinavian decor is the breathiness of the space. Furniture is spaced out, allowing each piece to stand out on its own. Blank corners, it appears, are also important, as they provide a resting space for the eye. Adding an accent table or an interesting artwork will make that part more interesting.
For an added drama, pair the white, muted colours with a darker tone, preferably black. This accentuates lines and curves in the home decor, and makes a great pop of colour among the sea of stark tones. Earthy hues, pastels and some hints of metal are also great to add in your Scandinavian decor.
Now, industrial design is a current home decor favourite, thanks to its raw and rustic charm. Much like Scandinavian decor, industrial design themed homes are very much simple and effortless—similarly relying on big spaced rooms and making best use of corners without overwhelming the eye. Adding mechanical elements: an exposed plumbing, a swivelling floor lighting, concrete slabs and brick walls, invokes a creative effect that inspires the homeowner to pursue their dreams and passions without overthinking. Imaginative in a laidback sense, both designs hold similar principles and can be merged together in one beautiful home décor.
Take a look at some of our favourite Scandinavian décor mixed with industrial design:
This Scandinavian inspired living room speaks subtly industrial. How? The scavenged wood table brings out a raw character amongst the black and aqua inspired home decor. Add to that the hanging pendant light that keeps everything aglow. The picture frames are set on a makeshift shelving, with animal and letter decor that makes the entire spot look interesting. Another standout is the winter decor laid on the table, matched with the withered plant branch on the side. See our collection of pendant lights here.
Its dark, earthy colours make this masculine themed bedroom largely industrial, but you can see tinges of its Scandinavian charm, based on the airiness of the space, the subtle patterns on the pillows, and the warm woollen blanket that glues the theme of the space together. Small furniture, like the bedside stool, makes a great place to hold one’s books. A floor lamp is neatly placed adjacent to the bed for that late-night reading. See our collection of floor lamps here.
How about a mix and match of shapes and colours for your dining area? This Scandinavian-inspired spaces comes with black, white and wood tones, enveloped with a subtle print laid on the wall. The setting is playful and childlike, especially with the hanging lightbulbs above the table. See our collection of light bulbs here.
The raw wood furniture, the cage light and the nostalgic drawing board makes this workplace industrial. However, the white colours, the wide spacing and the tiny decors are indeed of Scandinavian charm. The simple, overall look is made glamorous with the fur rug thrown over the stool. See our collection of caged lights here.\
A vintage locker boasts heavily with Scandinavian charm, thanks to the petite stool and the cosy rug in the centre. The crates offer a nice, industrial touch, and the pendant light puts the nostalgia in this seemingly youthful closet space. See our collection of Scandinavian lights here.
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