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Published: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Capture the feel of spring with Scandinavian decor

  • Anthropologie's Amora duvet cover features a South American decorative motif that echoes those of Scandinavian country design. The bright colors of th...

    Anthropologie.com

    Anthropologie's Amora duvet cover features a South American decorative motif that echoes those of Scandinavian country design. The bright colors of the embroidery are appealing, and the white background is typical of Scandesign.

  • Ikea's Hemnes cabinet in red is a good example of simple Swedish furniture design rendered in an organic hue.

    Ikea

    Ikea's Hemnes cabinet in red is a good example of simple Swedish furniture design rendered in an organic hue.

  • Oiva Toikka's charming glass Mistle Thrush is manufactured by Iittala, the famed Finnish glass house.

    FinnStyle.com

    Oiva Toikka's charming glass Mistle Thrush is manufactured by Iittala, the famed Finnish glass house.

  • When King Gustav III visited France he brought back impressions of Neoclassical style. Ikea's Isala table is an example of how the style was interpret...

    Ikea

    When King Gustav III visited France he brought back impressions of Neoclassical style. Ikea's Isala table is an example of how the style was interpreted with elegant restraint.

  • Oiva Toikka's glass Mediator Dove was manufactured by Iittala, the famed Finnish glass house.

    FinnStyle.com

    Oiva Toikka's glass Mediator Dove was manufactured by Iittala, the famed Finnish glass house.

  • Anthropologie's Fesi pillows feature a Moroccan design that echoes Scandinavian snowflake motifs. Pillows are a quick and easy way to introduce Scandi...

    Anthropologie.com

    Anthropologie's Fesi pillows feature a Moroccan design that echoes Scandinavian snowflake motifs. Pillows are a quick and easy way to introduce Scandinavian design elements.

  • Oiva Toikka's Orange Kuulas is manufactured by Iittala, the famed Finnish glass house.

    FinnStyle.com

    Oiva Toikka's Orange Kuulas is manufactured by Iittala, the famed Finnish glass house.

Perhaps to alleviate the dreariness of long northern winters, which are not unlike the gray of the Northwest, Scandinavian style tends toward folk-art florals, crisp checks, plaids and stripes, and wood furniture left natural or painted in colors that evoke the region's natural beauty.
The look is casual and easy, with playful touches and a simple yet refined vibe.
If all that sounds appealing as you shake off winter's gloom, you'll find many pretty, Scandinavian-inspired decor options for spring.
Scandinavian style is typically anchored by whites and creams, which provide a light-filled canvas on which berry red, sky blue, forest green and ochre offer pops of cheerful color.
But there are also soothing faded pinks, soft stone grays and dusky purples in the palette.
This spring, Ikea honors its Scandinavian roots. The Hemnes furniture collection really nails the Swedish look with a linen cabinet in a deep red, a bed frame in gray and a shelving unit in blue.
An airy, pared-down version of neoclassical design was the hallmark of 18th-century Gustavian design, which has become popular outside Sweden in the last 20 years. Ikea's Isala side table is a great example, in clean white or forget-me-not blue.
Anthropologie's got the Amora bedding set with a colorful graphic on snowy white. While South American in origin, the folk pattern is similar enough to those of northern design that it reads Scandinavian.
The same is true of the retailer's Fesi throw pillow from the Philadelphia-based design house Mushmina. It's a Moroccan-embroidered pattern, yet looks like a snowflake or ski haus motif.
And at www.finnstyle.com, find Oiva Toikka's plump little glass birds, made by the Finnish glass house Iittala.
Story tags » Interior decorating

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