First of all, what is a Nordic look?
At this point, you might be asking, “What’s a Nordic look?” So, let’s take a closer look before moving on. Nordic style (also known as “Scandinavian style”) is similar to a minimalist approach – both styles favor lighter colors, open spaces, and simplicity in design. However, there are a few key differences between the two, as you’ll see:
- Minimalist decor largely consists of industrial materials such as stainless steel or aluminum, while Nordic decor leans toward natural materials like wool or wood.
- Minimalism tends to incorporate neutral colors (usually black and white) exclusively, while a Nordic color scheme usually consists of pale colors that aren’t necessarily neutrals.
So, there you have it – while minimalism and Nordic design aren’t all that different from one another, there are a few things you’ll need to know in order to create a true Nordic style.
Start with a color scheme
To achieve a Nordic design, begin by selecting a color scheme for your mobile home interior. This is fairly easy. Simply use plenty of neutral colors and/or pale color tones to accomplish an acceptable color scheme. A few tried-and-true colors for this look that you could try include:
- Light to dark gray
- Light brown
- Pale blue
- Pale pink
Make sure you have plenty of lighting
It’s important to ensure that your mobile home has plenty of indoor lighting for this look. Natural lighting should be a big priority. Additionally, plenty of other indoor light sources are necessary. Look for unique designs that reflect a Nordic style while you shop for some of the most common types of lamps used in this design:
- Pendant lights that hang from the ceiling
- Wall lamps
- Floor lamps
- End table lamps
Choose the right type of decor
At this point, it’s important to remember that Nordic design incorporates natural materials while minimalism uses manmade materials. With that in mind, choose your decor items according to the all-natural ideal of a Nordic home.
Keep it light
Like the general color scheme you chose in the beginning, you’re also going to want to keep your decor choices lighter in color. Again, neutral colors are always a good choice, but pale blue and pale pink are good options as well.
Use accent colors in moderation
Accent pieces are common, so don’t be afraid to spice up your mobile home interior with a brightly-colored piece of furniture or smaller item. However, make sure to use accent colors in moderation. Bright blue, a common accent color for Nordic homes, is definitely a color to consider.
Potted plants are essential
Adding several potted plants to your design will help create a natural look in your home. If you aren’t a big fan of plants in your home, at least try to incorporate one plant into your decor plan. It’s an essential part of any true Nordic design.
Choose natural materials
As previously mentioned, natural materials are a central part of Nordic homes. Therefore, you’ll want to keep your decor items as naturally-themed as possible. Most Nordic designs use plenty of natural materials like wood, leather, wool, and sheepskin.
Use simple furniture
Furniture in a Nordic home should be simple and clean-cut. For example, these IKEA products are representative of the type of furniture you’ll find in a Nordic home.
Keep it comfortable
While Nordic homes may seem severe and harsh to some, significant emphasis is actually placed on comfort within this style. So, don’t be afraid to keep your home interior comfortable with some throw pillows or soft blankets! The cozier it is, the better!
Finally, don’t let your home get cluttered
If there’s anything that kills the Nordic vibe, it’s clutter. Ensure that your floors and other surfaces don’t become cluttered. Open space and cleanliness are important factors of this style. Storage for any items you want to keep out of sight is important.
Take your time and have fun!
Transforming the style of your home can feel like too much sometimes, but don’t worry! It’s okay to take your time and enjoy every step that goes into creating the new style you’ve chosen. If you’ve decided on a minimalist style rather than the Nordic look for your mobile home, check out our article to help you understand some of the differences between the two. Either way, remember to take your time and have fun!