Danish Style Done Right

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Scandinavian style is all the rage at the moment: those cool, crisp interiors full of simple wooden furniture, monochromatic colors along with the odd splash of muted color. However, what many of us think of as the classic Scandinavian inside is in fact Danish.

Danish style is very structured and almost architectural in its own innocence. The walls are white, the floors are boards and also the furniture is minimalist, with clean lines and no extraneous detail. Shade is added with a couple of lamps or cushions. Windows are often left bare. If there are drapes or blinds, they tend to be white. In a state where winter lasts from November to April, it is important to maximize the amount of light coming to the home.

High ceilings and an absence of clutter add to the feeling of airy space. The Danes love to entertain friends at home (perhaps because it is too cold to venture out), so here we will have a look at the way to re-create their sense of homey style.

Laux Interiors Berlin

Danish modern style started in the 1920s, embracing the principles of Bauhaus design: pure, clean lines in furniture that was shaped around the human body. Many of the basic pieces designed in the 1940s and’50s are still in production now.

Jeanette Lunde

Professional designers have always been enthusiastic about great design. They believe strongly that great design improves lives and needs to be affordable for all.

White walls and white flooring punctuated with splashes of color are the trick to the look and are easy to have in your own home.

The Danes can assert a number of the world’s finest furniture designers as their own: Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and Poul Henningsen. These wooden seats are Wegner’s Wishbone. In a time when many designers worked with a rigorous set of dimensions, Wegner broke those principles — when designing a seat, he sat inside.

This PH5 light, another design classic, was created by Henningsen. Trained as a master, he had a lifelong passion for light and felt that whatever else (the style and position of this furniture, the option of carpets) was insignificant compared with light.

StudioLAB, LLC

This room brings with lots of the major components of Danish interior style: White walls and flooring plus bare windows unite with Vitra New Panton Chairs. Shade is provided by the muted blue sofa in the background.

Ilija Mirceski

Monochromatic palettes are a part of signature Danish style. The background is retained neutral (usually white), and powerful accessories are added to give attention and style. It’s a really structured and architectural look.

SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

1 simple way to get the look is with the inclusion of a black and white carpet.

Tip: Classic stripes and black and white never go out of style. Using this basic palette in your home means you may add any accent color of your choice to your current furniture and accessories.

The black highlights in this white room add to the ordered architectural feel that is so commonly Danish. The furniture is simple, with clean lines and no fussy details.

Hint: Try removing a couple of unnecessary objects from your own space and see just how far more spacious it seems.

LASC Studio

No Danish home is complete without a woodburning stove. This one sits in the midst of a large, airy room — another vital component of contemporary style. The rooms are not cluttered, so a small area feels spacious.

Don F. Wong

This woodburning stove heats an airy room supplied with Wishbone seats and plain wooden furniture. Nothing detracts from the view out.

Danish houses are well constructed and well ventilated, so that they don’t need curtains to keep out the drafts, as numerous other European houses do. Rather, drapes or blinds are used simply for privacy and are usually white.

Hint: Re-create this look by hanging some sheer muslin drapes over your own windows.

Cushions and rugs are made from natural materials and often change with the seasons: velvet and cashmere throws from the winter, linen and cotton in summer.

Hint: Just as we change our clothes together with all the seasons, the Danes believe nothing of altering a few home accessories. With a few extra accessories to switch out could be an inexpensive way to update your personal decor and keep a room feeling fresh.

Jeanette Lunde

The final touch at a brand new home is candles. Everyone lights candles all the time to create hygge, which loosely translates as air or coziness. No Danish home is complete without a couple of candles. Create your own hygge by burning a couple of simple, unscented candles in each area of your house.

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