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12 Scandinavian designs that minimalists would love

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If you are a minimalist looking for a home that embodies simplicity, modernism and functionality, then Scandinavian design should be right up your alley! Skandi emerged as a design movement from the Nordic countries with the ideology of social democracy in mind. By using new low-cost materials and methods for manufacturing that is convenient for the state after WWII, materials such as form-pressed wood, plastics, anodized or enameled aluminum or pressed steel were used to create these wonderful functional designs.

1. Fresh and playful

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Check out this twist on this Scandinavian kitchen design. It would look so perfect for tropical homes! By adding in a yellow summery colour, this kitchen was transformed into a fun eye-catching design. 

2. Classic white Scandinavian style bedroom

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Swedish architecture is known for its institutions of power, namely, palaces, castles and churches. This Swedish monochrome style Skandi bedroom is a reflection of elegance and function. 

3. Skandi baby room

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A beautiful and functional playpen made of wood adds so much character to the room. Here you'll see that even a baby room can also be designed in such a way that matches the theme of your home. 

4. Art Nouveau

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This stylish chic minimalist design is a good example of applied art, a famous style used in Finland and Sweden. As seen in the use of colours, the choice of furniture and the glass doorway.

5. Nostalgic feels

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This Norwegian vernacular architecture portrays farm culture and local traditions that has evolved in a manner that brings a distinct warm homegrown atmosphere to Scandinavian design.

5. Modern flair

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The use of non-invasive design elements such as this wall clock that is custom built on this wall. Behind the panel, you will also see a sleek built-in television set. This modern and functional design is sure to garner some compliments for its quaint ingenuity.

6. Design elements

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An artistic wallpaper and the use of minimalist details such as the simple picture frame and a popular skandi designed chair.

7. Scandinavian inspired workstations

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Using Scandinavian style tables such as a work desk can make the workplace feel more relaxing, and of course, organic materials are always a welcome sight.

8. Skandi designed tables

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homify / Wichaister: minimalistic Living room by Wichaister © homify / Wichaister minimalistic Living room by Wichaister

Here are other Skandi table designs that you might love. Here you'll see a beautiful natural wood with pressed steel legs. This mix of materials is a creative and beautiful style that Scandinavian design provides.

For more information and design inspirations on Scandinavian design: How to have a modern scandinavian look at home

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