Why Everyone Loves Scandinavian Furniture and Design

The Top Advantages of Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian design concepts have been quickly gaining popularity around the world in both individual homes and in modern hotels and condo buildings. And Scandinavian furniture brands like IKEA have seen immense success not only in Europe but in North America and Asia as well. 

Everyone is raving about this approach to style and trying to recreate it in their own spaces. What has made this approach to design so popular and why do people love it so much? This article will answer this question by explaining some of the main benefits to choosing a Scandinavian design style for your home or business.

Clean and Modern

One of the main reasons that people love the Scandinavian design approach is that it looks clean and modern. Walking into a room designed in this style is like taking a breath of fresh mountain air. Muted and natural colors, lightly accented with interesting patterns keeps the eye engaged, but not overly stressed, creating a highly approachable aesthetic.

Efficiency of Space

Scandinavian designs are built to make your space look as big as possible and to make use of efficient storage solutions so you aren’t overwhelmed by clutter. The emphasis on natural light, high ceilings and unbroken lines in how rooms are arranged can make even small spaces look large and welcoming. If this well-designed space is also well-organized and clutter-free, then your space will feel open and inviting no matter how small it is.

Cost Effective

In addition to prioritizing efficiency of space, Scandinavian design concepts also focus on making sure everything is cost-effective. This incorporation of simplicity and practicality not only in aesthetic, but in how furniture is purchased makes this style achievable for everyone, even those with a tight budget. This certainly helps to make Scandinavian design very popular.

Will Our Children Suffer from COVID-19 Social Isolation?

With the ongoing disruption to the lives of practically everyone in the world and forced isolation as a normal part of everyday life because of the pandemic, children’s perceptions of a normal life have changed. 

COVID-19 first emerged as a worldwide health threat in early 2019. Infants that were born in 2018 are now nearing the age of three. These kids have spent their entire lives living in a world of continuous hand-washing and mask-wearing. They have been taught that one mustn’t get too close to people for fear of getting sick. They may have never experienced a birthday party or a large gathering of people. Many of them have only experienced school by video conferencing.

Effects of Social Isolation on Children

As the past two years have been ‘normal,’ as far as your child under three years of age is concerned, they probably are perfectly happy and content. As parents, you shouldn’t worry too much about your younger family members. It’s the older children who knew what life was like before the pandemic who may need some special attention.  

In June of 2020, researchers in the UK looked at children and social isolation in the context of the pandemic as social isolation can cause depression and anxiety in children. What they found can help children cope with the isolation is to play and interact with them. If they have siblings, encourage them to play with each other or form playgroups with close neighbors. If you have an only child, put aside quality time to play with them at whatever game they come up with. 

The children that are most at risk of being affected by social isolation are those that were accustomed to life before the pandemic. They may feel a sense of loss of freedom and a sense of restriction because of the isolation. Keeping their bodies and minds engaged and busy is the best way for them to cope with ongoing social isolation.