Why We Love Scandinavian Furniture
Scandinavian furniture is timeless, and it's one of the world's favorite furniture styles. Introduced in the United States in the late 1950s, this type of modern furniture has sleek, attractive, geometric lines and fits in perfectly with today's minimalist designs. Whether choosing a single chair, a matched pair of coffee tables or an entire room of modern Scandinavian furniture, it'll look great for years to come.
Where Scandinavian Furniture Works Best
The best way to find an effective arrangement for modern Scandinavian furniture is to choose two or three matched or complementary pieces for a room. Never clutter an area with modern furniture. That way, the beauty of each piece has a chance to shine without a visitor's eye being drawn in multiple directions. Try to limit accessories, as well. An eye-catching, geometric Scandinavian chandelier, an area rug and a couple of side tables are all you need for a perfect Scandinavian style living room or family room.
Scandinavian Furniture Designers We Love
While there are a myriad of furniture manufacturers that specialize in modern Scandinavian furniture, there are a few that are very distinctive. These include Copenhagen's Umage, with their blond wood living room furniture pieces and their angular lines; Mater for their sturdy wood and aluminum stools and the signature "bowl" tables; and Skaargarden furniture for their minimalist modern furniture with a coastal vibe. Other notable brands are Muuto designs for their stark wooden tables and benches and Gus Modern for their triangular coffee tables and the use of luxury fabrics on minimalist frames for sofas and lounge chairs.
How to Choose the Best Scandinavian Furniture
The best way to start choosing your modern Scandinavian furniture is to sit down and take a good look at the room being furnished. Decide on two or three prime pieces and where to place them for the best effect. Next choose whether you want light colored woods, darker woods or metal. Your pieces don't all have to be made out of the same material, but they do need to coordinate with one another. The next step in choosing new Scandinavian modern furniture is to pick upholstery, if applicable. Obviously, you don't want to choose too busy a pattern. Most pieces in this genre use light-colored, monochromatic fabrics, such as cotton, duck, or linen. Finally, you'll want to consider your accessory pieces, such as end tables, rugs, and lighting. Although Scandinavian design favors neutral colors, you can make a statement with a single bold, colorful item, such as an area rug, a piece of framed art, a mirror, or a Scandinavian lighting fixture. Choose this item wisely, as it will become the focal point of the room.
Finally, make sure that the room is ready for your new modern Scandinavian furniture pieces. For example, for best results, paint the walls and ceiling one of the many shades of white. (Scandinavian design favors a "blank" canvas of white walls.) Light-colored wooden or carpeted floors go best with Scandinavian furniture, but darker-stained wooden floors will also work.