Month: February 2019

February 25, 2019 / by Ambas / Scandinavian Design / No Comments

10 most popular interior design styles

If you are new to the interior design world, all your enthusiasm can quickly get drowned in the terminology and vocabulary explaining different design styles and traditions. And with a lot – and I really mean a lot – of different interior design movements, it can be more than difficult to find what is it that really works for you.

So, in order to help you to help you a bit with finding your way around the world of interior design, I decided to compile a list of 10 most popular interior design styles that you are bound to encounter at some point during your journey. With some of them you have probably been familiar from before. Some others might be familiar, but you might have not known how they are usually referred to. Some, I hope, will be completely new for you and will give you some nice research material and some fresh ideas to think over.

So, without further ado, let’s get right into it.


Modern style is a very broad term, but it usually refers to interior design style that relies on clean crisp lines, simple and sophisticated colour palette and the use of modern materials such as metal, glass and steel. Simplicity, but not utter minimalism is the backbone of modern style which is intended to eliminate the clutter and unnecessary accessories.


Often considered to be synonym to modern style by layman, contemporary style has been a source for confusion for decades. Unlike modern style which is strongly rooted in the sensibility of the 20th century, contemporary style is much more fluid, current and eclectic. Unlike modern, it is perfectly open for curving lines, unconventional elements and mixing and matching of styles.


If I was writing this article a couple of years ago, I would argue that minimalism might be the most popular interior design style out there. However, due to some fierce competition in the recent years, you won’t encounter minimalist style wherever you go as it was the case at some point. But, that doesn’t mean that minimalism or its elements aren’t still playing a huge part in the interior design today. Simple, practical and far from excessive, minimalist style certainly shaped the sensibilities of the 21st century.

Industrial style

Drawing inspiration from turn of the century factories and warehouses, industrial style really came to prominence in urban lofts. Rooted in the appeal of unfinished rawness, it just thrives on exposed brick, ductwork and rustic wood, recreating the feel of a renovated industrial building.

Mid-Century Modern

Before the development of more recent interior design styles, mid-century modern was arguably the most influential décor style – maybe in history! Today, it is a nostalgic twist on the fuss-free and functional homes of the 1950s with just a dash of minimalism. With an emphasis on simple, yet organic and flowing forms, it is rich in timeless elegance which has certainly stood the test of time.

Scandinavian style

Scandinavian style is a further simplification of the mid-century interior design which recreates the simplicity of life in the Nordic countries. With sculptural furniture and simple lines and forms, it puts emphasis on functionality which is perfectly fused with style and elegance. Washed out and all-white palettes combined with natural elements and some sleek and modern accent pieces, Scandi style is spacious, natural and based on clearing of the unnecessary clutter.


On the other side of the spectrum and opposed to minimalist-oriented Scandinavian style, traditional style is rooted in European sensibilities and is based around dark and finished wood, rich colour palettes and an abundance of curves and textures. Elaborated ornaments and accent details are absolutely a must and they are often combined with a variety of fabrics. Depth of layers plays a very important role in shaping the characteristic aesthetic of traditional décor style.

French Country

With warm, earthy colours matched with worn-out ornamental wooden furnishing, French country style is rooted in the idea of rural idyllic farmhouse. Reproducing sensibility of warmth and closeness, it relies on warm colours such as red, yellow and gold, with natural materials and porcelain ornaments complementing them perfectly.


Care-free, vivid, rich in colour and detail, almost hippie in appearance, Bohemian style is truly playful and has very little rules. Vintage furniture and light fixtures do play an important part in its aesthetic, as does the abundance of textiles, rugs, pillows and details which seem to be brought from secluded flea markets or exotic travels.


Rustic style looks to nature to inspiration and it absolutely adores raw unfinished beauty of wood or stone. With abundance of outdoor accessories such as flowers, branches or logs of wood it tries to recreate a rural sensibility. Today, however, it is commonly mixed with modern furnishing and accessories, giving it a specific and unique style and aesthetical expression.

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February 21, 2019 / by Ambas / Danish, Danish Culture, Denmark, Scandinavian Design / No Comments

How to Decorate in Scandinavian Style?

Perhaps the most influential interior design style from the 20th century, Scandinavian mid-century style first rose to prominence in the 1940s and 1950s, reaching its golden days in the period from the late 50s to late 60s of the previous century. It had a profound impact on the way that we think about and understand furniture, lighting solutions and home accessories.

At the heart of this design movement is the pursuit of balance between form and function. However simple and natural that idea sounds to us today, back in the day, it was nothing short of revolutionary. In fact, the insistence on this pursuit by the designers whom we today consider to be some of the biggest names of the Scandinavian mid-century design is what allowed this idea to become somewhat of a mainstream.

Still, only rare pieces of design have managed to combine beautiful form with flawless functionality, while at the same time staying affordable and available for all.

Scandinavian interior design

Famous for their simple and almost minimalist aesthetic without any unnecessary details and clutter, Scandinavian interior design relies on monochrome and pale colour palettes in order to create a sleek minimalist background against which the stylish furniture could really stand out.

Nordic nature is another highly prominent theme of Scandi décor, so the monotony of pale colours is broken by deep fir greens, natural wooden tones as well as tan leathers which all add a warm touch to the cold aesthetic of this interior design style.

Modern Scandi style

Of course, much has changed in the last half a century and Scandi interior design also involved to include soft pastel shades and an occasional splash of vivid colour and playfulness. Pale pink, duck egg blue as well as washed-out shades of mint green are now commonly seen on accent walls or various home accessories such as bed linen, cushions or accent carpets and rugs.

Simplicity and minimalism which always played an important part in Scandinavian style can be produced both in natural materials which are somewhat closer to the earliest manifestations of this design philosophy, but also in hypermodern materials and finishes which carved out a place for themselves in Scandi style due to ease of work and production they offer. However, even the most modern Scandi homes can’t be finished without at least a bit of wool, timber or leather.

Ambience and interplay of light and shadow

Maybe because of long and dark Nordic winters, Scandinavian mid-century designers showed great appreciation of balanced and glare-free lighting which can at the same time serve as a very impactful aesthetical expression. Lamps are the point where technology and organic lines perfectly blend, giving a unique edge to the Scandinavian aesthetic. Pendants, floor lamps and table lamps have all been commonly featured in Scandi design, with Arne Jacobsen and Poul Henningsen being some of the biggest name in the industry.

Lighting in Scandi interior design should always be kept warm and inviting, never too harsh or too bright. However, one should not forget about natural light which always played a prominent role in unique Scandinavian aesthetic. So for best results, make sure that your windows are free of clutter.


Arguably the most important element of Scandinavian décor, furniture aims to provide aesthetical statement while at the same time being undeniably functional. With strong silhouettes and sculptural shapes, furniture in Scandinavian mid-century style is easily recognisable due to its elegance stemming from simplicity. However, if you wish to add some Scandi touches to your home without completely refurnishing the place, you can add just one or two statement pieces to otherwise simple and functional.

The devil is in the detail

An abundance of details and unnecessary embellishments never had a place in Scandi style. On the contrary, this design movement always had a flair for simplicity and minimalist elegance, with the finishing touches mostly being limited to tactile ceramics, textural cushions or chunky knit throws. On top of that, if you find that your home still lacks some statement elements, you can always complement the natural colours and materials with some plant life and other carefully selected accessories and accents.

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