Here at Lovely Lamps we’re big advocates of many of the major design movements and how they can help give your home an overall theme and mood, and obviously from our point of view how that relates to lighting. Scandinavian design is a favourite style of ours as it’s simplicity and cleanliness gives it an accessibility to the ‘everyman’ quite unlike any other. Before we go too much further though, you might be thinking ‘What defines Scandinavian design, and how can it benefit me?’
Let’s look into it a little further:
- Scandinavian design originated (as the name suggests) in the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland in the 1950’s
- It’s a style defined originally by a post war need for affordable materials and manufacturing techniques to produce products suitable for a newly defined democracy
- It often features products made from light woods, plastics and anodised or enamel covered steel
- It is often associated with simple forms and clean lines, usually in the absence of any ornate decoration
So really there are two things that we can take from this as far as lighting goes, how to optimise the room for lighting, and how to select lighting products. If you go about designing your living space with Scandinavian design in mind, you’ll probably go for rooms with simple pastel coloured walls, non textured ceilings, wooden floors and non patterned carpet. The chances are that the space will feel very open and ‘bright’ so it is important not to go overb0ard with lighting as nature will do much of the work for you. A plethora of floor lamps, table lamps and permanent light fittings will probably not be necessary in one room alone.
When you do select a lighting fixture make sure that it’s in keeping with the overall theme. Brushed aluminium, and wood will work excellently for lamp bases and fixture bodies, and simple linen for the shades. It’s probably not going to be appropriate to use Tiffany lamps or pleated shades for example, as they will stick out like a sore thumb, quite literally!
Scandinavian design is perfect for you if you don’t like too much clutter in your life. If your mantra is along the lines of harmony and simplicity, rather than intricacy and a potential ‘assault on the senses’ then you will really feel right at home with this design ethos.