Why Scandinavian design is perfect for family living

Posted 26 August 2016

For many people, “Scandinavian design” conjures up mental images of minimalist, pristine interiors. But what many people don’t realise is how this type of home can be perfectly suited for family living. Here are just a few reasons why Scandinavian design perfectly blends style with substance.


1. It’s open plan

A fundamental of Scandinavian design, and particularly Swedish design, is that much of the house should be open plan. The kitchen, dining and living areas can be one large room, with each area flowing into one another. This is perfect for family life, particularly when children are of the age to explore. Open plan homes give children the space to roam without parents ever needing to lose sight of them.

This means you can be in the kitchen cooking dinner and still have an eye on your child in the living area, or leave them in their high chair as you do the washing up safe in the knowledge that they aren’t getting into mischief. Traditional British design from the 19th and 20th centuries compartmentalised rooms within the homes, making it much harder to create space for a growing family.


2. A focus on function and utility

When browsing images of Scandinavian-style houses and apartments, a common theme across all of them emerges – tidiness. For many, particularly families, minimalism simply isn’t possible, but a key feature in Scandinavian design is the clever use of storage solutions.

Many of the images you will see of Scandinavian-style homes are so clean because a lot of thought has been put into storage solutions built into furniture or hidden behind subtle wall panels. As everything in your home has its own place, it becomes a lot easier to put things away and keep the home looking tidy as the mechanism to do so is built into the house itself. This can make general housekeeping a lot quicker and allow you more time relaxing or having fun with the kids, rather than keeping them distracted as you scrub and hoover for hours on end.

It’s also worth mentioning that Scandinavian homes typically feature wood or other solid floors rather than carpets in high-traffic areas. While rugs are utilised to add style and a sense of cosiness, keeping with a solid floor is a great way for keeping the home clean and free from stains.


3. It can be adapted to any budget

Luxury Scandinavian-style homes can be expensive. However, it is very easy to bring elements of Scandinavian design to any home and on any budget. In fact, the fundamentals of Scandinavian design are particularly suited to making the most of almost any space. From innovative flatpack furniture by IKEA to bespoke staircases and kitchens, the principles remain the same even if the materials and costs do not.


4. Eco-friendly

It would be fair to say that Sweden and Swedish homeowners have done more than most to embrace eco-friendly technologies that focus on long-term sustainability and low energy usage. Features such as triple glazing, wall insulation and ground source heat pumps are all geared towards achieving a more environmentally sound housing solution, and has the added benefit of keeping living costs down.

In a family home this can be particularly important where water usage is high and a range of digital gadgets and electronics are constantly plugged in, parents are grateful for the savings afforded by a low energy home fitted with solar panels.


At Trivselhus by Esh, our homes utilise the very best in Swedish design principles – from the Fabric First engineered timber construction through to the wood-burning stoves and clean lines of the interiors. If you want your future family home to feature all the benefits of Scandinavian living, why not book a viewing at your nearest development today? Simply call 07816 642796 to book an appointment.