Minimalist Nordic design is taking over the home decor scene in 2016. Scandinavian-inspired design principles — featuring white, simple color schemes and use of natural materials — provide attractive options for creating a balanced, beautiful home.
The Nordic movement, which evokes the simple, minimalist homes of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland, is enjoying new popularity as Americans seek to balance work life with home life, and create spaces where they can unplug, unwind and relax.
Nearly 77 percent of homeowners reported neutral tones, such as those embraced by Nordic design, make a room feel more tranquil, according to a recent Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color survey.
Here are some tips to steer your space clear of clutter and embrace the minimalist beauty of Nordic decor for a balanced and bright 2016.
Start with a clean slate
Selecting the right hue of white paint on your walls can create the foundation for Nordic design. Take a cue from colors inspired by natural, fine-textured stone. For example, Alabaster (SW 7008), Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year, is a natural, flattering white suited especially for a harmonious atmosphere in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens.
Turn on the light
As in Nordic countries, the winter season’s long, dark months create a craving for daylight and its positive impact on mood. During these months, take advantage of the daylight you do have by letting window light shine in through a sheer curtain for an ethereal effect in your space.
When the sun goes down, create the effects of daylight in your home decor. Incorporate shiny and reflective elements, like a large beautiful mirror hung on the wall, to reflect your interior lighting and give the illusion of a more spacious atmosphere.
Use shiny metallic elements such as copper, the metal of the moment, in a living room lamp or for pendant lighting in a white kitchen. Hang paper lanterns in a bedroom to add movement and lighten up the space in a fun and interesting way.
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