How Traveling Influences Design: A Spotlight into Scandinavian Design
If you’ve ever traveled abroad, you’ll understand how much of a joy it is to see the world from a different perspective. Visiting famous landmarks and sites is always exciting, but you’ll notice a change in your entire worldview once you start living amongst the locals, even if it’s for a short time. In fact, many things will change about you once you go somewhere completely new. One of the areas that traveling abroad is inevitably going to influence is your interior design tastes.
Different cultures have unique ways of setting up their homes, and it’s very interesting to see the differences in real life. And if you find something from another culture that you can seamlessly add into your own home, that’s even better. But, it’s also not uncommon for cultures or regions to have such a rich and impactful design that they go beyond the individual and become popular across the whole of the interior design world.
Case in point: Scandinavian Design
Scandinavian design is an aesthetic that is defined by its commitment to minimalism, functionality, and nature. It’s been an influential style in the interior design world since its inception in the early 20th century, and it’s only gaining popularity as time goes on.
This aesthetic is deeply influenced by nature and spending time outdoors because they are both an integral part of Scandinavian culture. If you ever visit the region, you’ll see people walking and biking everywhere, taking in the beautiful landscapes around them. Translating that into the home is as easy as bringing pared-back, outdoor elements inside. Some ways people attempt to do that are to keep wood floors uncovered and incorporate live plants into many areas of a room.
But, the biggest appeal for Scandinavian design is the way it makes people feel. The uncluttered nature of the rooms and the brightness of the sparse spaces that are created evoke a sense of calmness and peace that isn’t easily felt in other design aesthetics. The whites, creams, and natural colors that are often used put people at ease and people just can’t get enough of them.
As mid-century modern design buffs, we see a lot of similarities between MCM and Scandinavian design. Learn more about how to incorporate Scandinavian design elements into your home by checking out the photos below!