Decorative styles: Contemporary Nordic

Coming from the Scandinavian countries, the Nordic style seeks to enhance light with the use of light colors combined with furniture and decoration with simple lines. Creating cozy spaces where you can comfortably spend the long, cold winters.

By Y. Sevillano

The Nordic style in its contemporary version originated at the beginning of the 20th century in the Scandinavian countries, as a response to rival the modernist "Art Nouveau" current and was later influenced by the Bauhaus and industrial design. The climate and tradition of these countries have a special relevance in the design of this style, looking for simplicity, functionality and light.


In 1954 the Brooklyn Museum in the United States held an exhibition called "Design in Scandinavia", which helped to popularize this style in the North American country and later in the world. Scandinavian design is not only limited to furniture and household items, but has also been present in the design of the manufacture of products such as automobiles, electronics, textiles, among others.





The main furniture must have simple lines, without ornaments or elements that stand out in its design.

There are many Scandinavian furniture brands that follow this style. You can also opt for some minimalist or Mid-Century pieces, which usually fit very well with Nordic interiors.


Light is a very important element in Nordic decoration, and the reason for this is that it is sought to maximize it to face the long and cold winters.

To achieve this, use a palette of light tones, in addition to light textiles in windows that allow light to pass through, and white or pastel tones on walls.

For floors, the preferred option will always be wood.


Another characteristic of the style is warmth, which is achieved through the use of natural elements such as wood, wool, leather, metal, stone or ceramics, closely linked to the tradition of these countries.

In addition to this, the Scandinavians give great importance to caring for the environment, so the houses are usually highly sustainable with materials that last over time.

You can include wool rugs, fur blankets and wooden chairs with lattice or leather upholstery. As well as vases and ceramic pieces. Marble and sintered stone are also great options.


The rooms must be functional and visually spacious; composed of the necessary elements and with sufficient amplitude between the furniture.

If the room is small, select only the furniture that you will use, this will also help you create a visual sensation of greater space.

As for decoration and accessories, opt for simplicity. The effect should be similar to the Minimal style, where "less is more".

By Y. Sevillano

Founder of the Tharo Design brand. Y. Sevillano studied architecture at university and is dedicated to interior design and the world of home decor.


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