Scandinavian design’s calm minimalism and serene vibe have made it an increasingly popular design style. Inspired by homes in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden, the style incorporates light wood finishes, natural materials, and airy architectural features that offer a light, bright look and feel. Functionality and minimalism are hallmarks of this inviting style, from the color palette down to Scandinavian design lighting.
What Is Scandinavian Style Lighting?
Although minimalism and coziness may seem like opposites, in Scandinavian design, they work together to create a harmonious design. One of the defining features of Scandinavian-style lighting is the use of natural materials such as wood, metal, and glass. These materials are often left in their natural state or finished with a light, natural stain or varnish to enhance their beauty and texture.
In terms of lighting fixtures, Scandinavian-style lighting tends to favor simple, geometric shapes and designs that emphasize natural light. This creates a lovely blend of hygge and harmony with clean, minimalist elements.
Hygge refers to the mood of coziness, comfortability, and contentment that is the goal of Scandinavian décor. This is the element that keeps Scandinavian design from seeming cold and impersonal. Adding natural materials and textures makes it feel comfortable and warm.
Fuller 34 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Homeplace by Capital Lighting Fixture Company
Light, bright and comfortable, this dining room is a perfect example of Scandinavian design, highlighted by the Fuller 34 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Homeplace by Capital Lighting Fixture Company. The matte black finish plays against the light wood ceiling, offering contrast and interest to the entire area.
The Importance of Natural Materials in Scandinavian-Style Lighting
In a design style that values warmth and natural materials, it’s no surprise that wood is a vital material for Scandinavian lighting. With its warm and comfy vibe, wood gives Scandinavian lighting a natural elegance and showcases the feel-good quality of your home, giving it that hygge feel. However, Scandinavian lighting can include other materials, such as metal, glass, and natural fibers.
Safavieh Dajana 10 Inch LED Mini Pendant
The shiny copper shade and contrasting light brown wooden accents of the Safavieh Dajana 10 Inch LED Mini Pendant demonstrate the prevalence of natural materials in the Scandinavian aesthetic. Its sleek design adds just the right amount of contemporary flair while giving it timeless appeal.
Combining Functionality and Design in Scandinavian-Style Lighting Fixtures
Scandinavian lighting design is clean and functional, with simple straight lines balanced by cozy elements. To do this successfully, the design leans on various elements to create a cohesive whole. The result is stunning lighting that spreads illumination throughout a space to create an inviting ambiance.
ET2 Lighting Half Moon 7 Inch LED Mini Pendant
The spun metal and satin white glass spheres of this trio of ET2 Lighting Half Moon 7 Inch LED Mini Pendants create a delightful contrast against the warm wood in this kitchen. They stay true to the minimalism of hygge and offer interest for the eye to appreciate. The geometric shape creates curiosity in the design.
Maximizing Natural Light in Your Space with Scandinavian-Style Lighting
The Nordic countries get so little natural light during the winter that lighting is a huge part of Scandinavian design. Whenever possible natural light is preferred to make the space seem more spacious and brighter. The available light is highlighted by white walls and large windows, usually minimal window treatments so that the sunlight can stream through. In addition to taking every opportunity to maximize natural lighting, chandeliers, and pendants can be used to add ambient lighting during dark winter days.
Coco 40 Inch 7 Light LED Chandelier by Mitzi
The striking combination of dark floors and white walls establishes this gorgeous dining room’s light, bright, spacious atmosphere. The Coco 40 Inch 7 Light LED Chandelier by Mitzi helps center the room and gives the gaze something to land on. The curved arms deliver light toward the ceiling, while the center diffuser allows light to drift gently downward, maximizing illumination and creating an intriguing aesthetic.
Visual Comfort Studio Collection Sean Lavin Brynne Large Pendant
Scandinavian influences of simple accents and clean lines are at the heart of this beautiful kitchen. From the cool white color palette to the mixed metal finishes on Visual Comfort Studio Collection Sean Lavin Brynne Large Pendants, this space is filled with lightness.
Bringing Scandinavian-Style Lighting into Any Room of Your Home
The cozy, airy, and elegant nature of Scandinavian-style lighting works well in any room in your home. These designs set the mood for a room and make them feel inviting. A chic Scandinavian-inspired light fixture can level up the décor in any room with a mix of contemporary style, vintage appeal, and a playful attitude.
Capital Lighting Fixture Company Beaufort 17 Inch Wall Sconce
The black and white color scheme that dominates this gorgeous bathroom creates a feeling of spaciousness and scale. The boldly patterned floor adds visual depth, while the Capital Lighting Fixture Company Beaufort 17 Inch Wall Sconce underscores the minimalist style.
Alora Mood Archer 9 Inch Wall Sconce
The soft hues, warm wood ceiling, and big bright window make this bedroom a sanctuary in the home. It exudes the calmness we all crave at the end of the day. Juxtaposed against the natural textiles and warm throws, the Alora Mood Archer 9 Inch Wall Sconce’s strong triangular shape adds interest to the room. Its classic design with modern elements adds the perfect finishing touch.