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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The New Scandinavian Maximalism

Last week, I guest blogged over at one of my favorite blogs, From the Right Bank. I was asked to do a post on my favorite trend, and I have to say, it's the Scandinavian Maximalism. We're going to be discussing the trend quite a bit this fall with some very exciting guest bloggers. Below is the post I did for FTRB.

Scandinavian Maximalism is pretty clean lined, with lots of white (of course), and interest added with over the top accessories, focal points and antiques.


Here, Camilla plays with textures, different whites and texture. Her home is noticeably Scandinavian, but with an international and almost exotic touch. The ostrich is completely crazy in my opinion, but at the same time it most definitely makes the room together with the pineapple light fixture.

  Antikt hem för ung konst sh

Again, we see lots of white, but the sofa’s colorful pillows, the artwork  and the fabulous sunburst mirror adds interest and softens the space.

 Etta and the city skonahem

Etta’s home is also filled with whites, but it’s far from minimalistic. The Gustavian table with the intricate carving and the styling is very feminine.

 Exklusivt och dekadent sh

Ah, how I love this room! Scandinavians love white walls and the artwork (I think I need it!!) and the fireplace makes the space come alive.

 Fyndat och fixat Östermalm skonahem

Again, we have clean and simple lines, combined with a rococo sofa and louis chairs. Perfect contrasting elements.

 Glasklart vindsloft skonahem

This must be the longest sofa ever! The clean lines of the staircase combined with the box chairs against the winged chair and the classical paintings makes the room.

 Gyllene Accenter skonahem

Clean lines, mirrored furniture and whites. Again – Scandinavian Maximalism.

  Hemma hos Lexingtons grundare skonahem1

The founder of Lexington’s home is another great example.

   Kollektivliv på Strandvägen

A classical Josef Frank pattern on a sleek sofa combined with a Howard (rolled sleeved English sofa) and Moroccan touches and lots of white.

 Kollektivliv på Strandvägen (1)

Again, we see lots of white and clean lines with contrasting elements, brass (looove) and interesting artwork.

 Med känsla för stil skonahem

Chic 30s vintage furniture, fabulous artwork in white surroundings.


Camilla’s home again (same as first photo) shows a cow hide with gold splattered all over it, lots of layered whites and a very neutral palette. At the same time there’s a lot of eye candy and unexpected elements.

 mixr se

Art Nouveau light fixture, a rustic dining table and the ghost chair combined with an indian (I’m assuming) window treatment. A lot going on in a very small room.

Nytt liv i Villa Furet

Again, we have a sofa covered in Josef Frank – stunning! Lots of plants, fresh fruit and colors combined with simple artwork and white walls.

 Sovrum för sju sh

A monochrome, simple color palette with antiques and some fabulous orange chinoiserie pillows to add interest.

 Sprillans nytt sekelskifte Stellan Herner 

So what is Scandinavian Maximalism:

1. Lots of white
2. Clean, simple lines
3. Interesting artwork
4. Vintage/antique contrasting items
5. Layers
6. Just more stuff! (we’ve stopped hiding everything in boxes :))

Image 1+12 from here, Image 2-11 and 14-16 from here, image 13 from here, image 17 from here



La Dolfina said...

I love Camilla's home!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

I'll admit, I'm much more about maximalism than minimalism, but...is that an OSTRICH?! lol

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I love the look of lots of white but have never done it in my own home. I like the dark wood look too much.
That first bedroom with the ostrich is a little much- I would not want any animal hanging on my wall unless is was less realistic.
I am TOTALLY in LOVE with the ganesh painting above the fireplace (in the first house I believe) is there ANY way you know who the artist is? I would love to find out.

That long couch is my dream- can you imagine getting to entertain there? I would imagine that is must be custome ordered- in any case it certainly looks like it was made for the space!

Nettan said...

Å så mycket läckert! Den vita basen funkar verkligen till ALLT!! Clean och spännande på samma gång! Hoppas allt ä fint med din lilltjej!!
Kram Nettan

a pina colada said...

Love that second photo of the family room. The white clean look with big pops of color. And that arch lamp. Love it!

Design by E said...

wowo så läckert alltihop..klem E

Tiina said...

dagny, i loooved and still lovelove this post!!

Sea of Design said...

Finally i found the name of my style, Scandinavian Maximalism! Love it!! Thanx and i love your blog!
Have a nice day!


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