Ever since that fateful semester the fall of 2005 when I was assigned to research and model a hotel lobby in the Scandinavian Modern style, I have been a huge fan. While the more well-known furniture and design styles of Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen are always on the dream/wish list, I have been more interested lately in ‘everyday’ Scandinavian style.
If you look at images of Scandinavian homes, you will notice a lot of white walls. To compensate for long, overcast winters, many residents of these northern European countries paint their walls and floors bright white to reflect as much light as possible. With all that white, you might think that the interiors would look stark or cold, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The majority of these homes look comfortable, extremely inviting and lived-in.
Most images of Scandinavian kid’s rooms look playful, colorful and creative, with lots of bright art. Since our kids share a room, and it is already painted white (although it might get a fresh coat this summer), it is the perfect space to incorporate a bit of fun style.
I thought it would be fun to put together an idea board to show the direction we are going. Both of our kids are already very opinionated about their space and have been on-board with what we have done so far. Our attempt at Scandinavian style has been a great solution to a room shared by a four year old girl and a two year old boy. Their individual personalities and interests can shine without any arguing about whether we will have a fairy princess or Ninja Turtle themed room.
- Ikea Bed
- Toy Storage
- Green lamp
- Vintage Dresser (I found a similar one at a second hand shop in Old Town Pocatello)
Currently, the white walls provide a perfect backdrop for colorful bedding, a sky blue ceiling, a wood dresser, and a fun rug. I will share a photo update of the room soon!