Carl Larsson is generally credited with creating Scandinavian style. It combines the neutral colors of the Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish landscape with a casual aged appearance. The long winters and lack of natural light in Scandinavia created a need for sleek and airy interiors that made the most of the available sunlight.
The Scandinavian color palette relies on basic colors: whites, from ecru to bright white, beiges, natural light wood tones, and light blues. The exception to the neutral color scheme is the frequent addition of bright red.
➖Textures and Fabrics➖
Fabrics, too, follow the natural theme. Cotton and linen are the most commonly found fabrics in Scandinavian style interior design.
Typical Scandinavian style furniture is a mixture of straight lines with gently curved detailing. Legs are generally thin and tapered. Benches and bench-like sofas are a staple of Scandinavian style interior design.
Architectural details commonly found in Scandinavian style interior design include leaded glass windows, high ceilings, hardwood floors, and wall moldings. Lighting is added with iron chandeliers and scones as well as simple table lamps.