From the countries of Northern Europe, here's how to bring this style of furniture to the open spaces of our homes

If you love simplicity and minimalism, bright and welcoming environments, the Scandinavian style of furniture could be for you. In fact, Scandinavian furniture arises from the need to make the most of the (little) natural light, and is influenced by the strong bond with the surrounding nature. Difficult to adapt it to Italian homes? Not at all: here’s how to furnish a Scandinavian-style veranda.

Colors and materials for a Scandinavian-style veranda

The Scandinavian style in furnishings is dictated by the practical need to make rooms brighter, not being able to rely much on natural light. For this reason, the dominant colour is white, associated with a palette of light, cold and desaturated tones used to create large continuous surfaces. On the contrary, the Italian-style furniture prefers more vivid colours to be combined freely. If on the one hand we will have a fresh and relaxing glance, on the other we will find a more varied and dynamic environment.

A common feature of both styles is the use of wood. Nordic Scandinavian furniture, in accordance with the colour palette that distinguishes it, favors lighter woods such as fir, oak and birch, starting with the floors for which parquet is an almost obligatory choice. The use of wood as the protagonist of the furniture also responds to the functional need to use local materials to strengthen the link with the surrounding environment. This can be a point of contact with the Italian style, in which, however, there is greater variety in the choice of even darker or warm-toned woods.

Among the materials that characterize Scandinavian furniture, then, we cannot fail to mention the fabrics: soft, warm and enveloping for plaids, cushions and rugs that immediately make the environment more welcoming. In the case of the veranda, for the summer the choice can fall on natural fabrics in accordance to the Nordic style.

The protagonists of Scandinavian furniture on the veranda

To create the warm and welcoming atmosphere typical of the Scandinavian style, the key pieces of furniture are undoubtedly the seats: large, enveloping and comfortable, upholstered in soft-touch fabrics and designed with a view to versatility to accommodate even unexpected guests. A sofa and armchairs to create the conversation area, but also poufs and chaiselongues for relaxation therefore play an important role. For outdoor spaces such as the veranda, a swing can be a delightful solution to furnish and at the same time let yourself be lulled by the hygge spirit.

Artistico coffee tables
Artistico coffee table with lacquered steel structure in the versions with rectangular top in walnut veneered wood and with round scratch-resistant glass top.

The need to enhance natural light then determines the importance of the windows in the Scandinavian style of furniture. Large and free of clutter, they become focal points that dictate the arrangement of the other elements of furniture. The light that comes from the outside is naturally the protagonist of an environment such as the veranda, open or closed, which is therefore a candidate to be furnished in Scandinavian style.

Other elements to bring the Scandinavian style furniture touch

Scandinavian furniture is characterized by simplicity and minimalism, but this does not mean that it is devoid of decorative elements. The right alternation of full and empty, few (but good) pieces of design are the trump cards for following the Scandinavian style of furniture without risking to make the rooms too sterile or impersonal. A snug armchair, a nice coffee table, cushions and wicker baskets are great starting points. And then, plants cannot be missing: flowers, bulbs, dried twigs and aromatic herbs underline the relationship with nature and create a decor that is simply perfect for this style.

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