Design for Happiness?

The environment we are surrounded by has a huge impact on our state of mind. 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. But a great design has to do more than just look good. This is one of the key elements in Scandinavian design philosophy: Any great design needs to fulfil a purpose. It has to be beautiful AND functional at the same time. Read on about Scandinavian design for happiness 😀

An entryway from a Scandinavian home: Clean lines, natural light and nature intertwine
An organised, yet relaxed entryway. Clean lines, natural light and nature intertwine

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, it 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 .

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.

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.

Scandinavian design in my summer house. Ready for FIKA
Ready for a FIKA break wíth Scandinavian interior design

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

– Leornado Da Vinci

From a Scandinavian design point of view, simplicity is key. The designs are based on functionality – form always 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. This is also my humble purpose with the Norlii home subscription box.

Scandinavian design studio in Copenhagen
Scandinavian design studio in Copenhagen, Denmark


So really, our everyday aesthetics can exert a powerful influence on our well-being and, ultimately, the quality of life. Read more about the Norlii home subscription box and the style here. Learn more about the Norlii subscription here