Posted: Jun 13 2016
We’re big fans of anything clean, pretty, and overall aesthetically pleasing when it comes to interior décor. So it should come as no surprise that we love the minimalistic chic look for just about every aspect of the home. The design concept revolves around clean swatches (think empty planes – namely white walls and spotless dressers), complemented by striking details and cozy textures. Initially inspired by the bold (almost all) white interiors of Scandinavian homes and décor patterns found in many Parisian apartments, the trend took off like wildfire. Plain walls (especially white) are not only great for small rooms as they make them look bigger, but also bounce light – making a room seem brighter and more airy. This became a crucial element in Parisian apartments that tend to have high ceilings and people needed cost efficient ways of lighting such rooms. Additionally, Northern European counties know a thing or two about the importance of natural light. Since Scandinavian countries have very long and dark days in the winter, the people designed homes to let in as much light as possible – preventing them from succumbing to winter blues.
Fun Fact: The latest World Happiness Report conducted by the UN found that the population of Denmark was the happiest in the world; Norway followed in second place and Sweden in fifth place.
There’s a lot to be said for light and airy homes!
Though an all white interior may seem stark, uninviting and plain boring, these commonly seen elements of design bring life into such a plain, making it a cozy and serene environment.
-Play with textures: Stick to a neutral palette and find blankets, throw and rugs that are made of different materials (think a sheepskin rug, a light beige knit blanket, a black and white striped mat)
-Neutral and muted colors: shades of black and white will always go together, or stick to hues of moody blues. These colors are meant to be soothing and relaxing.
-Shapes and Form: Lines are clean and minimal with flawless craftsmanship, materials and items are often chosen for their beauty and longevity (think a beautifully crafted wooden chair that will last for years over a plastic one)
-Pops of color or artwork, or an accent rug
Image Courtesy of StyleMePretty
-Rustic and vintage elements: an emphasis on natural materials and a focus on wood
-Geometric shapes: in textiles, in framing objects and playfully spacing them on the walls
-Clean and uncluttered: in an effort to reduce stress and anxiety, there is a focus on everything with a set place, reducing excess goods and keeping things minimal
These types of bedrooms (and rooms) are made to be soothing and relaxing spaces, sanctuaries away from the stress and chaos of technology and the modern world. By shedding the excess, you are able to eliminate a lot of noise and distraction.
We especially love this bedroom makeover on Avenue Lifestyle featuring before and after shots!
To find minimalistic items and create your own spin on this Northern European inspired décor, head to the OPT by NRFB store!