Simplicity Found in Scandinavian Design
Modernity meets functionality in Scandinavian design. The movement developed in the 1950s around the Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark and focuses on form-pressed wood, plastics, anodized or enameled aluminum and pressed steel. If you think of Ikea, that's an overused example of what we're talking about.
But, we do like the look, especially when it comes to the bedroom. We have recently been working on an interior design project for a renovated home in Aspen's West End on Francis Street. And we channeled those Scandinavian countries for this retreat in the mountains. Stark white walls and a matching bed are complemented by muted shades of grey and beige. Simple canopy chairs offer a place to sit, and the sliding door between master bedroom and en suite is minimalist in every way. Hanging glass lights add depth to the spacious room, and natural light floods in from the windows and ceiling.
Bedrooms should be a place of respite and relaxation. Bright colors and patterns are fun to look at, but not necessarily conducive to a good night's sleep. By instituting sparseness in sacred spaces, we can leave the fun stuff for other parts of the house. That's simplicity we can sleep on.