Ideal Lighting Solutions for Scandinavian Inspired Interiors
Scandinavian interior design is one of the most popular today, and that should be no surprise since it is characterized by minimalism, functionality and humble, yet effective aesthetics. The role of light in this approach is enormous, since Nordic countries have very little daylight. Although natural light is imperative, artificial lighting sources play a twofold part: lighting dark spaces and serving as unique décor elements. That is why it is important to carefully choose the lighting fixtures and adapt their appearance and function to each given space. If Scandinavian inspired interiors are something that you would want to introduce into your own home, let’s cast some light on each room in your house.
Entryway is usually a windowless room which means it requires a lot of attention in this topic. So, how are Scandinavians addressing this issue besides painting the walls white? Clutter is not an option, and the room must be kept clean and simple, with one multifunctional cabinet, mirror and coat hanger.
As for the light fixture, pendant lamps are always capable of bringing in enough light into a room. Industrial style seems as a good idea. If your hallway is larger and can’t be covered with a single fixture consider installing simplistic wall lamps.
This is the room where Scandinavian design makes the most outstanding impression. By combining light neutrals, like grey and white, with strong contrasting accents, a room like this represents a pleasure to look at. Since it is usually the largest room in the house, it needs more than one light source to achieve the ideal “Scandinavian illumination”. Here we suggest making a contrast, by combining matte black floor, table and wall lamps, with metallic (brass or copper) ceiling fixtures. Just make sure every corner of the room is lit.
The functionality of Scandi homes is represented in the kitchen more than in any other room. Clean lines, steel appliances, pale wood and a lot of white are the basic characteristics of the kitchen design, but lighting is the actual star of the show here. Task lights under the cabinets are a must if you want to keep the working area functional. Three pendant lamps above the kitchen island or one elongated fixture should cover the design-itch, so make sure they are compatible with the narrative. They can be white, metallic, matte black, or simple hanging light bulbs.
Depending on the size of your natural wood table, dining room will require one large pendant lamp that is close enough to the table to make every corner visible or three lamps placed on equal distance one from another. You can use industrial style pendants with metallic accents or decide for pear-shaped pendant chandeliers.
The combination of white and pale wood in the bathroom is the foundation for ensuring enough light for this room, but light colors are far from enough to achieve the effect of Scandinavian interiors in this room. It is not enough to have task lights surrounding the mirror, or one ceiling fixture in the middle of the room. Since Nordic bathrooms usually include a beautiful freestanding bath that serves as the focal point of the room, you should also include a fixture directly above the tub, or slightly further. If the rest of the room is subtle, you can make an accent here by opting for an oversized pendant bell-lamp. Black, white and metallic are the obvious choices, but you can take a risk with one bold color too.
Unlike the previous rooms, bedroom isn’t calling for too much light, and it is not so strange to see a Scandinavian bedroom with nothing but two pendant ceiling fixtures above both sides of the bed. However, if you are more of a traditionalist, you can include one sleek chandelier and two bedside lamps. Just don’t make them all match. Instead, create contrast of matte and shiny surfaces.
There is something inherently enchanting about Scandinavian interiors, and lighting has much to do with it. Even if you don’t opt for going full-Scandi in your house, you can still steal some of their tricks for lighting up the space.