3 Bedroom Design Looks Inspired by Iconic Scandinavian Minimalism

First thoughts when you think of Scandinavian minimalist design? Do you immediately conjure a room resplendent in white, with sparse, very modern furnishings that embody function over form and maybe, a little on the cold side visually? That is what many people think when asked to define Scandinavian minimalist style.  The reality is that there are so many versions of  warm and inviting Scandinavian designs that embrace the iconic style of minimalism while still conveying the critical importance of function over form for which the Scandinavian countries are so famous for – yet these designs are also so incredibly warm,  full of charm, and personality and, in some cases, lots of glamour.

I’ve created three lookbooks that illustrate my interpretation of Scandinavian Minimalism in bedroom design – with the focus on one of the most enduring and iconic pieces that has long come to symbolize the very essence of Scandinavian design, the Swedish made Hastens mattress and bed.

Scandinavian Style in Bedroom Design

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Lookbook design elements from left to right: Diptych Painting by Erin McParland at DeLoach Modern; Bubble Chandelier by Pelle Designs; Marscopone Wall Paint from Benjamin Moore Paints; Swedish Floor Mirror by Stanton Antiques; Tripod Floor Lamp from Design Within Reach; Folke Ohlsson Teak Headboard at 1stDibs.com; 18th Century Scandinavian Chest at Mason; Fragments Print Pillows by Thomas Paul at 2Modern; Saw Pillow in Blue at Madaspen Home; Proferia Mattress & Bed from Hastens; Saarinen Style Armchair at Irwin Feld Design Gallery; and Pavilion in Birch (Flooring) – Carpet One Floor.

“Scandinavian Past & Present” bedroom design explores the very rich and beautiful history of Scandinavian design throughout time. Mixing celebrated 18th century period pieces with Mid-Century Modern and contemporary furniture and decor to create a layered bedroom design that enchants with it’s beautiful aesthetics, its charismatic tales held in each vintage and antique piece and its nuanced nod to Scandinavian design evident even in the non-Scandinavian pieces such as the painting and decorative pillows.

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Lookbook design elements from left to right: Ultra Pure White Wall Paint from Behr; 21st Century Birch Wood Circular Wall Mirror at DeLoach Modern; Tricia 6 Light Chandelier In Vintage Silver at House of Antiques & Hardware; Let in the Light Artwork by Pamela Copeman; Odense Chair from Sarried, Ltd; Contemporary Chest of Drawers at Laval; Jansen Nested Side Tables at The High Boy; Kip Stewart Danish Teak & Cane Headboard at 1stDibs.com; Pompano Gold Pillow at Zinc Door; Oak/Siena Flooring from Kahrs; Proferia Mattress & Bed from Hastens; Sirocco Throw Pillows at Scandinavian Designs; and Bergman Bench from Jonathan Adler.

The “Scandinavian Glam” bedroom design beguiles with its elegant and  graceful splendor. Yet, in all its glamour this interpretation of Scandinavian design stays true to form in its restrained use of color and materials, and its adherence to editing an interior to focus on the truly functional. In this lookbook I balanced the need for a design that weds the driving principle of Scandinavian Minimalism – focus on function with the desire for sumptuous, ethereal style.

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Lookbook design elements from left to right: Japanese Paper Weaver Wall Covering from Phillip Jeffries; Glisten Ceiling Light from Keno Brothers; Round Leather Wrapped Mirror at Rejuvenation; Robert Dudley Best Floor Lamp at Danish Design Store; Poul Cadovius Shelving at Design Within Reach; Swirl Rattan Golden Mahogany Headboard from David Francis Furniture; Pom Pom Leather Poufs from Svenskt Tenn; Beige Graphic Linen Pillow at One Kings Lane; Ombre Velvet Pillow at Kevin O’Brien; Arne Jacobsen & Fritz Hansen Egg Chair at Skandium; Oak/Estrella Flooring from Kahrs; and Proferia Mattress & Bed from Hastens.

A neutral color palette, laser-like focus on functionality and a dedicated mission to implement organic materials exemplifies my style interpretation of “Scandinavian Organic Minimalism”. Influenced heavily by mid-century iconic Scandinavian design and style, this bedroom design lookbook captures the essence of minimalism, and lightness without sacrificing warmth and comfort.

Hastens: A Little Tour Behind the Scenes with Me

Hastens Proferia

Hastens Proferia bed set against an idyllic lake front view. Dreamy!

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Yours truly being shown how to sew an iconic Hastens mattress by one of their very talented craftsman. Seeing the love and dedication these artisans put forth in creating a handcrafted product of the highest quality left me completely impressed.

As you can see from the photo, the many layers of natural material that compromise this mattress. Hastens is renowned for their beds, and  has amongst its many fans, a royal following as they are, since 1952, the official supplier of beds to Sweden’s royal court. After, the “sewing a Hastens’ bed”  experience as well as trying out the bed, I  joined the legion of Hastens’ fans, and promised myself that one day I, too, would own a Hastens bed. It is on the materials list for the dream home my husband and I are planning to build!

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Though it looked so easy when the Hastens’ master craftsman was showing me how to sew the mattress cover, it turned out to be much more physically challenging than I had previously thought. What I learned from the hands-on experience is that Hastens truly believes in delivering on their promise for a restorative and better night’s sleep through a very dedicated commitment to creating the very best handmade beds in the world.

Disclosure:  All opinions expressed in this post are all my own.  This is a sponsored post/branded content for Hastens.

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