We tell you the differences between these two styles which, although they may not seem so, are very different.
I’m sure you’ve wondered if the minimalist style and the Nordic style are the same. At first, because of the name you may have discarded being in front of the same style, but then you ask yourself: how are they different?
It is obvious that they have many points in common so we usually find environments that mix characteristics of both under the name of only one of them, that’s because they are two styles that combine so well that their differences end up being blurred. Both have their origins in very distant geographical areas and for very different reasons, which is why there are evident differences even though we have not seen them until now.
Let’s start with the most obvious, which are their points in common, such as the use of white as a base or the prominence given to the space, as well as the simplicity in terms of decoration. That is why they are two styles that are very appreciated by lovers of order and spaces that want to transmit tranquility, since their color palette does not usually include bright colors and bets on natural materials.
As for the most powerful difference is in its history. While the Nordic style was developed in Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and Finland as well as Denmark at the end of the 20th century as a way of replacing the little natural light they have during most of the year by using light colors; minimalism started at the end of the 60s in the United States reacting against the abusive predominance of realistic currents and pop art, and with the aim of reducing everything to the essentials.
When analyzing the materials that predominate in one style and another, we find that the basis of the Nordic style is nature so wood will be key in the Nordic interiors, as well as natural materials such as linen, cotton or wool when choosing fabrics to dress our home. Minimalism has another key that sometimes can be confused with this style, and is that a minimalist interior aims to reduce as much as possible the colors and materials used both to furnish and decorate (little, but there is decoration), so it will be very common to find tables of the same color as the floor or sofas of the same color as the walls.
And, why do we confuse it with the Nordic style? Because in this, trying to use white or light colors, mixed with the wood in tone also very clear, we will often find tables and floors of the same tone and style of wood, or white walls accompanied by white sofas. Something that we could find perfectly in a minimalist interior although the reasons are different. Although minimalism uses the least number of decorative elements and the Nordic style does not have a rule as such, it does try to transmit a sensation of more space, and this is achieved with fewer objects that interrupt the visual path.
Nordic vs. Scandinavian style
The Nordic and Scandinavian style… Are they the same style?
The only difference is that the Scandinavian style was so named because its origin is in the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Finland), and also in Denmark, having the same problem with light as the rest of its neighboring countries. But Denmark is not part of the Scandinavian countries, so it would be more correct to use the term “Nordic”, although both refer to the same style.