Scandi with a Twist: How Different Countries Embrace the Popular Style of Simplicity

Although the Scandinavian style relies on white for the most part, since nothing in life is black and white, there are different ways in which different countries make use of its basic rules, while combining them with just the right amount of nonconformity. Let’s see what I actually mean by this.

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The winter-land Sweden, one of the countries this type of interior design originated from is all about the use of pale washes of colour, but in most cases, that pale is as pale as can be – white. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise as this is in fact this country’s reaction to their long, dark winters where those few hours of daylight are as rare and precious as unicorns. The only things that can add a little bit of contrast, (if we can call it that) are the natural materials (such as wood) that are allowed in the mix. However, don’t let minimal ornamentation fool you, this minimalist look can also feel homey.


Placed more south and at a lower altitude, this country has a little bit of a different take on the design. Sharper contrast is much more welcome in the homes of the Danish people. For instance, dark charcoal cabinets and furnishings and rustic wooden walls are not a rare sight in these homes, which is in a way a form of rebellion against the pale-toned palette. This is quite a lovely twist that’s perhaps inspired by the fact that Denmark, unlike Sweden, is not the ultimate winter-land.


From cold to a bit warmer, now we make for something actually warm. Australia’s version of this style is even more allowing than Denmark’s. In fact, it’s almost impossible to put a finger on what that version actually is since there are many different ways in which this country incorporates the clean lines and simplicity of this design. However, there are a few staples: the practical floor tiles and light wood, namely, light wooden Nordic coffee tables. Apart from adding to the seamless look and the feeling that all elements of the living room can flow beautifully, the light Nordic coffee tables are designed for decades of use too. This is due to the fact that they are made from white oak which is no doubt stronger, heavier and of a much higher quality than veneered wood or MDF.


Last, but not least, the Scandinavian cool has also been embraced by one of the most caliente.
The Spanish homes that have embraced this interior have managed to keep the palette somewhat pared down while adding more contrast and warmth. The cowhide rugs and the wooden feature walls are the heart of Spain’s successful take on the Scandi style and are used to add rich texture to the soothing pales.