Your living room plays a huge role in making your house vibrant and welcoming. If it has the right pieces of furniture, you can expect that your guests and loved ones will enjoy spending their time in the said room. It is also possible that you and your family will use the place more often to bond together, watch movies, play games, and entertain visitors. Moreover, it tends to be the heart of the home if it has precious photos and beautiful decorations.
Are you having difficulty in making your living room a compelling place to stay in? Is it a boring and monotone space that does not inspire you to take photos? Well, if you answered yes to both questions, it is time to update its look by redecorating. If you don’t know how to revamp the place, you might want to take a look at Scandinavian design as a source of inspiration for your interior design.
What is a Scandinavian design?
A Scandinavian design values simplicity, functionality, and minimalism more than anything else. There are now numerous Scandinavian furniture, textiles, ceramics, lamps, and glass manufactured in the market. This design movement originally started in the early 20th century and became very popular in the 1950s, especially in five Nordic countries, namely Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. Nowadays, it is still the leading design used by many homeowners. Keep reading to know the notable characteristics and principles of the movement.
Use of natural lighting
With quarantine restrictions in place, you probably spend most of your days indoors to lessen the threat of becoming infected with the virus. There are days that you might feel isolated and lonely. And having a dark living room will not help as it can make you feel more alone than you ever were. To avoid feeling this way, you might want to incorporate Scandinavian design in the place. It is a type of movement characterized by the use of white walls to emphasize available light. To add to this, it avoids using a lot of window treatments so that light can illuminate spaces. Aside from inducing a more positive environment, natural light can also make the place appear bigger and brighter.
Use colors seen in nature
Most houses with Scandinavian interior design utilize all-white walls and windows because they aspire to achieve a perfect whitewashed look. If you are not a fan of this color, there are also other options that you can choose from. Since it is a popular movement that uses shades found in forests and landscapes, you can use amber, moss green, and rust colors. You may also add plants and other greenery decorations to add more texture and life to the living room. Besides that, botanicals, such as flowers, can brighten up the whole space and contribute to the natural and minimalist essence of Scandinavian design.
Characterized by simplicity and practicality
The two principles that Scandinavian design upholds at all times are simplicity and practicality. When you see a house with this kind of design, you will notice that its wall does not have a lot of decorations. It is because homeowners tend to leave it as bare as possible to emphasize the mentioned principles. Besides that, all the pieces of furniture placed in the space are functional and valuable.
Uses wood accents
Aside from using colors seen from nature, the design also requires the use of wood accents. You can incorporate it into your floors and slats. In addition, You can use any decorations made from this material and place them on your wall. For instance, you can use wooden toys in the room to serve as playful accents. To not move away from the light and bright aesthetics of Scandinavian design, you may use light woods, such as pine, beech, and ash.
Ways to achieve a Scandinavian design in your living room
Designing a living room is a crucial task to do because one wrong decision can make or break the entire vibe and mood of your home. Even if you already know the characteristics and principles of Scandinavian design, it might still be hard for you to incorporate it into your own home. So below is a list of ways on how you can add a minimalist aesthetic in the place.
Make the place clean and functional
If the Scandinavian design is your inspiration in upgrading your living room, you have to make sure that the place is always free from any clutter. In terms of decorations and pieces of furniture, only those that are functional should be put in the place. So make sure that you remove unwanted items. Don’t forget to use straight lines to maintain the simplicity of the place. Purchase only minimal yet modern furniture and add cozy elements such as area rugs and throw blankets
Buy a sofa and table with a modern design
The sofa that you must buy for your living room must have a modern style to match the Scandinavian design. It must be slim but still comfortable to avoid consuming a large amount of space. As mentioned earlier, this design movement uses wood accents so a wooden couch is also a great idea. To provide utmost comfort, pair it with throw pillows in muted colors. In terms of the living room table, the most recommended is the one with light-colored wood.
Buy pendant lighting
Instead of using chandeliers, you can buy pendant lighting to complement the Scandinavian aesthetic. This type of light fixture can create the place brighter without appearing out of place. It works well with pieces of furniture made from wooden materials. You might want to check out the lamps introduced by Danish architect Poul Henngninsen in the 1920s, such as the PH lamp, Snowball lamp, and Artichoke lamp. By researching them, you can have a better idea of what type of light you should purchase.
In a Nutshell
Scandinavian interior design remains trendy nowadays. There is no possibility that it will go out of style sometime in the future. It is because it satisfies the desire of every homeowner for a tidy, inviting, and comfortable living room. Visit Storables.com to know the different online stores where you can buy Scandinavian furniture!
HOW TO DECORATE A WHITE WALL: 25 IDEAS AND TIPS
The syndrome of the blank page is one that people who are dedicated to literature or art feel when they start to create, a mental block that translates into a lack of inspiration (although you can look for them in books and movies ), and that they experience before that empty page that they feel that they will not be able to fill it in the way they would like. The same thing happens in decoration: Facing a white wall can be scary. And the bigger the wall, the more headaches we will have when decorating it. Finding something that fills that space with style and achieving the compromise between not overloading it, because the room would seem smaller; and do not put something too small, because the whole would be too ridiculous.
To help you with this complicated task, companies like Professional Picture Hanging help people plan out the designing, spacing and hanging of artwork to make aesthetically pleasing walls But, before you start to get inspired by our selection of ideas, we want to warn you that we will not talk about paint or wallpapers here , because the goal here is to decorate the wall and keep it blank , without changing the color entirely . In this selection you will find from compositions with works of art and crafts, to furniture to create special corners, through neons, mirrored textiles and some ingenious proposal that you do not expect …They are all very decorative solutions and, in addition, many of them are also functional , because functionality and beauty do not have to be at odds.
Take a look at these 20 strategies to make your space shine for its style and not for the whiteness of its empty walls . Take good note of the ones you like the most and please try this at home.
Offer the maximum joy to that little corner with a series of colorful plates , play with the sizes and above all … with the frames! If you want to see more corners of this house (including the round pink bookcase that opens this article).
They are capable of instantly elevating the decorative style and are a good way to keep a wall blank and add some interest to it.
PUZZLE 3 D
Superimposed puzzle pieces creating an image could be the best option when it comes to wanting a sober and modern decoration
Give that boho-chic touch to your wall by placing a wonderful macramé tapestry .
The obsession with neons is real and even more so if you place it on the central wall of your living room, capturing all eyes.
DOMESTICATED STREET ART
There is no better way to face a large white wall than with colorful graffiti and more if it makes you daydream
In addition to visually enlarging the space and reflecting light, a large mirror is perfect for decorating a blank wall.
With an exquisite design, this decorative piece also manages to give functionality to the space.
Another option on a small wall is to create a study space giving that corner charm.
APPLY FROM THE PAST
Let it be an antique lamp that attracts all the attention on your wall. This is how the interior designer Mikel Irastorza did it with this antique wall lamp covered in gold leaf in the dining room of a classic and modern apartment at the same time .
LESS IS MORE
It doesn’t take much to bring that diaphanous wall to life. Some plants and mobile pendant will be the perfect adornment.
Dedicate that empty wall to displaying your most valuable objects and wink at the art galleries.
Using benches as a decorative object is always one of the most popular resources, especially if you use it to display pieces on top of it.
This Italian frame of the s. XVIII, by Le Secret, was all that the interior designer and antiquarian Juan Moliné needed to decorate this white wall. You can discover more ideas at home: A white canvas full of surprises .
The cork panel is already history; put your memories on a string remaining original and being simple to do.
If you need space for your ornamental pieces, this is your solution: A bespoke shelf .
… OR MAXIMUM
The same idea as before, a shelf to display decorative accessories, but in its ornate version. It is an industrial shelf painted in gold and decorated with gold mirrors and white and blue porcelain vases, matching the screen and sofa in this industrial and elegant loft in the center of Madrid decorated by the interior designer María Ruiz-Mateos and the stylist Mercedes Díaz de Rábago.
If the space to be decorated is very large, choosing one of your favorite photographs and printing it will be the most personal touch you can give your wall.
In this stately flat decorated with retro touches , stylist and personal shopper Aroussia Chamakh used two ethereal Hedgehog wall sculptures by Curtis Jéré to decorate the wall above the sofa.
COVER THE WALL WITH AGED MIRRORS
In the Madrid home of the artist Carmen Mora , we discovered this wall completely covered with aged mirrors, which hide a secret door to the kitchen.
FILL IT WITH BOOKS
You don’t need to place a shelf the size of this one (although we love it), you just need to install a few shelves on which to place your books or even place them on the floor making a tower. Bohemian and chic.
Okay, maybe you don’t have the budget (or the desire) to create a brick wall niche. But what if you install a shelf one that looks like it? The secret is that it has curved shapes and a tone similar to that of the white wall.
Installing a headboard in the bedroom is a perfect resource for that wall to have some life. In this house, for example, we have opted for an XXL one in blue (no, the wall has not been painted) and a photograph has been placed on it.
Another option to place your pictures or prints (especially if they all belong to the same collection) is to place them in equal frames and symmetrically. The effect is perfect.
Although this image is a piece of art, you can go elementary and place a simple sheet of color on the wall or a piece of stained wood. In a powerful color it will be the center of all eyes.
12 household items that are trending this spring
A selection of novelties designed for the start of the new season chosen on the La Redoute fashion website
This Wednesday we entered spring fully and we have already begun to notice the effects of the new season. With the rise in temperatures and the extension of the hours of sunshine another lifestyle flourishes that pushes us towards the street: going out to fill the terraces, to practice sports in the parks or simply to go for a walk. A mutation that, in addition to altering routines, also invites us to modify more practical aspects of our day-to-day life. The time of year has come when you have to put away the quilt and, taking advantage of the change, perhaps it is a good occasion to renew the decoration of your home.
If you are thinking of adapting the house to the warmth of the new season, La Redoute has already discovered its bets for the new season at Le Mag de Tendances . In EL PAÍS Escaparate we have dived among the latest novelties to select some of the most striking pieces in three home categories: spring 2019 highlights , country folk style and Brazil vintage style . In addition, you can get an additional 10% discount on the spring-summer fashion and home collection with the coupon 10ELPAIS (valid until March 31, 2019)
Spring 2019 highlights
- Wicker lamp
Made with natural wicker braided by hand, this lamp is an ideal accessory to bring some warmth and sophistication to the living room. You can hang it from the ceiling in a simple way to create a pleasant atmosphere around a table or in a corner with an armchair or a sofa, for example. The store reminds that this product does not include any bulb.
Transparent flower vase
Taking advantage of the fact that we are at a time of year when everything blooms, it is worth having a bouquet of a striking color to complement the decoration of our home. In a discreet way, this piece that plays with transparencies and generously slender and stylized dimensions will allow you to wear everything you want to take from the florist. The product has dimensions of 17 x 26 centimeters.
Lot of 4 porcelain tea cups
Whether hot or cold, tea is healthy that more and more people are hooked. For those who are lovers of this drink, nothing better than having a set like this one of four cups, presented with a cute wooden box. In a festive style, the product features gold polka dot motifs with the message “#perfect moment”.
Round walnut mirror
Due to its design and the quality of its workmanship, this piece could have been perfectly included in the selection of mirrors that we have recently made in Showcase. With a walnut plywood structure, it will be very easy to install it where it suits you best, since it incorporates two brackets to fix it on the wall. If you are already thinking about where you can fit the item, you must take into account its dimensions: 60 centimeters in diameter: and 5 in thickness.
Country Folk Style
Despite sporting a very trendy ethnic-inspired design, this basket does not hide its practicality: you can place it at the entrance of the house, in the living room or in a bedroom to house plants, decorative objects, magazines or even clothes. This product incorporates two sheepskin handles and the manufacturer guarantees that the braiding is done by hand.
Lot of two chairs
This model is a good proposal to give a light country air and freshness to the decoration of the house. An extremely classic design, always appreciated, but now recovered and updated with a white or gray lacquer. The seat is made with rice straw and if you buy this product you have an advantage: someone will have to accompany you by including two units.
Two-tone ceramic jug
Sobriety and authenticity are two of the qualities that a piece brings together that takes us to a country setting and to a time where things were made by hand. This ceramic jug is an ideal complement to bring water to the table and give the effect that we are eating in the middle of nature.
Round patterned pouf
This print with a geometric motif is ideal to enjoy an aesthetic and bohemian note in the decoration of our home. Its fabric is 100% cotton and the filling is 100% polystyrene, everything you need to find the comfort you need when you want to take a break or sit down to read. The product has a height of 40 centimeters.
Pine and sisal shelving
Minimalist but effective, this shelf will allow you to seduce the people you invite to your home and display your favorite decoration with the best showcase. The product is made of pine and has a natural sisal rope finish. If you doubt its size to buy it, you should know that it has a depth of 20 centimeters and a total height of 105.
Lot of three frames to hang
Many may like to hang their own decoration and dispense with the possibility of buying paintings or other types of pieces. For them, the best thing to fix the house is to have frames like these, with which you can display drawings, photographs, posters or whatever you want. The three pieces are made of metal with a brass finish and come in three different sizes.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING CURTAINS
Tips for choosing curtains
When decorating our house we have to take into account several criteria such as the color of the wall of the furniture and also the color and style of the curtains since they will cover the entire window on the days that the sun bothers or They will also be thrown depending on their opacity. For this reason, it is very important to be correct when placing curtains and for them we leave you some tips to choose curtains that will be able to clarify all those doubts that arise at the time of purchase.
The shape of the window
The type of window, as well as the orientation of the room, are determining factors when choosing curtains. Maintain the ratio between the amount of fabric you use and the length of the window and think about how much sun and light comes in: do you need thick or rather transparent curtains?
Calculate the meters of fabric well
Calculator in hand, count the meters of fabric you need for your curtains: add 30 cm to the width of the window and then multiply the result by 2, 2.5 or 3, depending on whether you want a curtain with more or less gathers.
What is the ideal length?
In terms of lengths there are many trends. The most common is to add about 15 cm to the length of the window. However, if you like the curtains to drag like we do, add 10 cm more: this way they will rest on the floor. You already know that at El Mueble we like them like this …
A nice fall!
For drapes with a nice drape, opt for “heavy” fabrics, like heavy linens, wild silks, or chenillas. If you want to wear fresh fabrics, choose canvases, cotton hessian, or linens with silk.
For practical families: blinds!
If the window does not allow large curtains and you want a practical and light solution, the blinds will be your best allies. You can put them foldable (with rods), packet (without rods) or Roman (with draping).
Gain light with the curtains
To gain natural light, use sheer fabric to make the curtains. Its fabrics, vaporous and light (yarn, voile, open-weave linen …), are perfect to let in all the sunlight.
Dare to combine!
Large windows, balcony doors and bedroom windows are the best spaces where to use combinations: curtains with sheers (the most classic option), or drapes with blinds (more current). Think that the more views a window, the more prominence you will give, to it and to the views.
Tie-backs: useful and practical
Tiebacks are small pieces of wood or metal that, placed one third of the way up the curtain, create an elegant draping effect perfect for gathering up the curtains. They will always bring a classic and romantic touch.
Clamps: a charming accessory
In windows with double curtains, curtains lined with fleece or combinations of fall and curtain, use clamps (strips or cords that hold the curtain): they are ideal to collect the fabric and create an eye-catching effect, which highlights the windows.
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