Nordic Design for Happiness

The environment we are surrounded by has a huge impact on how we feel. A cluttered interior can make us feel stressed out and restless, whereas a harmonious and beautifully decorated space can help us feel relaxed, clear-minded, even happy. That's really true for me! How about you?

Somebody once said that 'outer order contributes to inner calm,' and I think there is some truth to that. However, for me, it's not necessarily about the order. It has as much to do with beauty, simplicity, and then, of course, homeliness.

When interior design pleases the eye, ut simply increases our sense of well-being. Actually, there's some scientific research to back it up*, and it would for sure explain why so many of us spend soooo much time furnishing, moving furniture around, decorating, re-decorating .

When simple is more than enough, you will feel happy more than enough!" ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Something as simple as bringing in fresh flowers, a new scent, a lit candle, or a throw carelessly thrown on the couch or your favorite chair can immediately enhance the perception of a space.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leornado Da Vinci

From a Scandi design point of view, simplicity has a lot to do with it: The Scandinavian designs are very much based on functionality – form follows function. Just think about Danish mid-century design or Swedish IKEA. Alongside the ideals of simplicity, functionality, and comfort, the Scandinavian home design utilizes light, natural materials and integrates with nature. Classic Danish lamp designers like Poul Henningsen sought to design beautiful lamps and shape light and create an atmosphere that would make people feel good.

Handmade ceiling lamp Secto (Finland). The wood bends in beautiful shapes and gives lines of lovely light

So really, our everyday aesthetics can exert a powerful influence on our well-being and, ultimately, the quality of life.

*Journal of Experimental Psychology in 2014 published a piece documenting that people who worked in offices with plants both felt better and also more productive. A 2008 University of Michigan study concluded that simply looking at images of nature scenes could improve memory. Lots of research demonstrate the mental well-being benefits of greenery and the outdoors. Spending time in natural environments seems to lift mood, sharpen focus and reduce stress.


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

- Leornado Da Vinci