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Seeking Balance in Scandinavian Design

Doris Leslie Blau


Doris Leslie Blau

Lagom is a Swedish term that means perfectly balanced – not too little, not too much.

Much of the success of Scandinavian design, new or old, is owed to its clean lines, simplicity of design and how harmoniously it blends with other periods and styles.

This is in part why the resurgence of mid-century modern style and designs by many of the greats like Hans Wegner, Eero Saarinen and Arne Jacobsen have journeyed back into many of our homes.

Looking to channel Scandinavian style? Here’s how:

Start with a blank canvas

Perhaps the first perfect neutral backdrop, traditional Swedish interiors usually feature white or light grey painted walls and white-washed wood flooring. Giving a fresh, clean look, a light, neutral base makes way for a pop of color on a feature wall, artwork, or furnishings.  Here, the patterned rug takes center stage in this Swedish apartment.