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Scandi Design Trends 2020 – Colour of the Year

by | Jan 4, 2020

Green is the new gray in Scandinavia this year…but if you’re reaching for the paint pots already, choose your shade with care.  Designers and home lovers are steering clear of bright greens in favor of more dusty, mossy and earthy tones. So many things are on offer today – stores are bursting with luxury items and gadgets to make our lives even more fantastic, but the cool Scandis like to keep their feet on the ground. In 2020 the trend is looking to the past for authentic colours in our homes and with green being a firm favourite, it’s the greens we see in nature that will dominate.

Green Living: Low Maintenance Hanging Plants

Green fern hanging plant

Garden Market Place

Hanging plants are very Scandi Boho - the evergreen Boston fern is a must-have.

Prices vary.

Hanging Scindapsus Aureus

Garden Market Place

The Scindapsus Aureus - or Devil's Eye - is perfect for the hall or the office. Nice and low maintenance.

Prices vary.

hanging and climbing ivy hedera helix eva

Bakker Store

Classic shabby chic boho corner plant. Both hanging and climbing.

Prices vary.

The color green stands for nature, growth, renewal and, of course, environment. Design is all about environment and we’re paying attention to that more than ever. The Scandis placed the environment top of the agenda decades before it became fashionable – we remember people obsessing about it in the 70s – and today, anywhere you look, they are reaping the benefits



Not only outdoors, but also the environment in the home. Design, technology, art and comfort are things the Nordic countries have perfected. So as we are met wiht an ever growing offer in the home decor area, the Scandis sometimes look back to history for authenticity. Hence the current passion for things green. But while the colour also stands for envy, as in green with envy, it means ‘spring, renewal and rebirth.’ So what better colour to start the decade with than green…

What does the Color green mean?

Color of the year scandinavia 2020 - green chair

Picture by Kari Shea

The color green stands for nature, growth, renewal and, of course, environment. Design is all about environment and we’re paying attention to that more than ever. The Scandis placed the environment top of the agenda decades before it became fashionable – we remember people obsessing about it in the 70s – and today, anywhere you look, they are reaping the benefits

Not only outdoors, but the environment in the home, design, technology, art, comfort, is something the Nordic countries have perfected.  So as we are met with an ever growing offer in the home decor space, the Scandis sometimes hanker back to the past for authenticity.

Hence the current lust for things green. But while the colour also stands for envy, as in green with envy, it mean “spring, renewal and rebirth”. So what better color to start the decade with than green?

Where do we see the Color green used in interior design?

Green is a great pick-me-up color. So it’s often used in accessories, scattered around the room to lift the more neutral tones such as cream, whites and brown colors. Ceramic pieces, chairs, sofas, a rug or cushions…they are often green and this year we’ll see more toned down versions of the color. Such as the metal wood burner pictured above, painted in antique green which both lifts the piece while giving it a calming, lived-in look. But increasingly we’ll see entire walls painted in subtle greens as more people aim to end the dominance of grays and blues as a secondary color to white and bring the outside into the sitting room.

The Color green in Art and Accessories

Green is also one of the most used colours in paintings – green being a secondary color mixed from yellow and blue. As an accessory colour on the lunch or dining table it’s perfect – green napkins, placemats and coasters. We’ll also see more green colour in ceramics. Green shows up beautifully in glazing and set against the colour of a green plant it’s another bold visual statement.

Colour of the year Scandinavia 2020 - green iron fireplace

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