The ins and outs of Scandinavian posters
The Scandinavian style originated in the north of Europe. The harsh, unwelcoming climate and freezing winters are part and parcel of everyday life for people living in those areas.
The subtle, light colour schemes so popular in Scandinavian décor have a very practical purpose. During the long, polar nights, the amount of sunlight is rather limited, which generally has a negative impact on one’s wellbeing. Light colours are used to brighten up interiors as an alternative to sunlight. Hence, the common colour schemes of Scandinavian posters serve both an aesthetic and a practical function.
As far as motifs are concerned, we commonly see:
- artistic drawings of deer – either wonderfully realistic, not unlike sketches from historical nature atlases, or simple, monochromatic silhouettes,
- winter landscapes depicting isolated houses in the mountains,
- geometric patterns similar to those often found on Christmas sweaters,
- and the characteristic Dalecarlian horses.
That last motif in Scandinavian posters has a special meaning, since the horses are supposed to protect homes and people from evil spirits and bad luck. These wooden toys have been known for their symbolism for centuries.
Whether or not you believe in the magical properties of Dalecarlian horses, the cheerful, colourful design will still be a great addition to a subtle interior.
Scandi posters for more than just Scandinavian interiors
You don’t necessarily have to have a whole Scandinavian living room to use Scandi decorations. Although these designs look amazing if they match the décor, they can just as well be used as complementary elements in adjacent styles, e.g. minimalist or industrial living rooms
. The subtle colours of Scandi graphics will be an interesting addition to monochromatic interiors, while the more colourful designs will make them feel cosier.
Perhaps surprisingly, Scandinavian-style posters will also look wonderful in rustic spaces. In this case, we wholeheartedly recommend the designs depicting a picturesque, colourful row of houses situated by a lake with beautiful forests and mountains reflected in the water. Finally, if you wish to combine minimalism with vivid colours, consider the design with an origami deer. The colourful, geometric pattern is a perfect fit for such a space.
Scandinavian-style designs as Christmas decorations
Scandinavian-style posters may also be a stylish way to decorate a living room during the holidays. When the air outside gets chilly and the city streets shine with colourful lights, it’s high time to think about Christmas decorations in your home. If you’re looking for more universal designs that could bring you joy throughout the season, we recommend Scandinavian-style posters with neutral winter graphics. Some interesting options include a tree branch covered in snow, a gorgeous village hidden in the mountains or a geometric close-up of a snowflake, similar to the paper ones made by children during art classes. Alternatively, we also have some decidedly Christmas designs, such as a Christmas tree with presents, Santa’s sleigh pulled by reindeer and bells that (with a dash of imagination) will fill your home with the sounds of the holidays!
Cosy northern bedroom
When combined with a few suitable accessories, the Scandinavian style can feel very cosy.
If you want to introduce this aesthetic into your bedroom
, we recommend combining it with a colourful, patchwork bedspread, pink or mint-coloured lanterns, a fluffy rug and a few Scandinavian posters. Posters with drawings of cones spruce twigs will be a guaranteed success in this case. Enhance the effect by arranging actual cones and other forest treasures on your windowsill for a gorgeous, thematic décor. Another great choice for a quiet bedroom is a Nordic poster with a majestic deer.
Scandinavian-style posters for children
Children’s rooms are another type of interior that looks absolutely gorgeous when decorated with designs inspired by the far north. The aforementioned Dalecarlian horse will appeal to both girls and boys, making for a beautiful and universal décor. You can also opt for a design with cute houses drawn by the hand of a child with artistic aspirations. Finally, since all children love animals, Scandinavian-style posters with deer, colourful birds or a fox hiding in the snow will be another wonderful decorative option that could additionally help illustrate the goodnight stories you read your kids.