Less is best, thanks to trendy Nordic movement
Minimalist Nordic design is taking over the home décor 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.
Here are some tips to steer your space clear of clutter and embrace the minimalist beauty of Nordic décor 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.
Turn on the light. Take advantage of the daylight we have by letting window light shine through a sheer curtain for an ethereal effect in your space.
When the sun goes down, create the effects of daylight in your home décor. 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.
Embrace natural tones. Nordic design is all about using natural, live-well tones to create environments where we can feel serene. To achieve this look and feel, use earthy, natural materials, such as Carrera marble, to bring an element of sophistication to a countertop in a kitchen or bath.
Get sharp with geometrics and details. Complex shapes, angles and patterns in vibrant colors also are present in Nordic décor. Use a boxy picture frame or multilevel open shelving units to offer symmetry and provide a focal point in your space.
There’s always room for a bit of whimsy or a pop of color. Even small details can make a big statement: a zebra-striped pillow on a couch or bed; several multicolored candleholders lined up in a row on a dining room sideboard; or red-painted counter stools in a winter-white kitchen.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.