There is a lot of different styles and variations what Scandinavian style could mean, as Swedish gustavian country style or modern minimalistic and functional everyday objects’ design from 50s, or colorful textile designs of Finnish brand Marimekko from the 60s or famous Swedish textile designer Josef Frank from the 40s. But if we talk now about Scandinavian or Nordic style interiors, we think about minimalistic white and gray, clean lines from architecture to furniture, eco-friendly materials and very functional spaces. And these are just the reasons why Scandinavian or Nordic style is so popular now. Let us keep these points in mind as particularly good basis for designing your home where nothing can go wrong.
On other hand, all Scandinavian retro-inspired interiors and living spaces have made a bit of comeback recently. Going retro does not mean you have to move out all your simple and minimalistic 21st century furniture or start to clue to walls retro-vibe wallpapers in bright colors and vivacious patterns. Modern retro vibes in Scandinavian style interior do not mean that someone must build up a home with authentic furniture and everyday objects from 50s as a design museum branch office, but rather follow the trend with a few scattered cushions or pretty patterned table linens featuring the signature patterns and cool tones from the past. Using retro vibe elements to refresh your home is a good idea and can be done with few accessories.
There are many Nordic companies as Finnish Marimekko or Swedish Svenskt Tenn and Almedahls who continuously produce cushions and other home textiles made of same fabrics, same patterns and same colors for many decades and they still have a fresh and new look. Also there are many new-comers as Kuks & Küttner from Estonia or Studio Hilla from Finland, who follow in their textile pattern prints designed with the same aesthetic and mood.
What differentiate Scandinavian retro vibe textiles patterns from others, designed 50s, 60s or 70s is that mainly Nordic patterns are inspired from nature and in these patterns are a lot of stylized herbal elements. Patterns, impressed by OP-art, which was so popular and made a huge worldwide break-through in 60s design do not make wide impact in Scandinavian design.
Pattern elements in past and also in contemporary Scandinavian design are simplified, with deep impact of geometric art but still in all ornaments it is easy to recognize flowers and leafs, sometimes even animals. Black and different shades of grays are widely used in these patterns but also bright colors as yellow, red, intensive blue and green. There are lot of one color print patterns, often also two or three colors, but every color is presented on quite a large area of pattern and plays important role in full collection. Mostly the pattern background color is white.
As Nordic people adore all what is natural, the same is when they deal with home textiles. Cotton is widely used but pure linen textiles, which are Scandinavian own luxuries, are more and more common in everyday use.
In brief we can say that if you add some Scandinavian retro vibe home textiles to your generally minimalistic and Nordic style home then you get not only excellent everyday life practical accessories but also little pieces of decorative art.