Need more Nordic style in your life? Some designers would say, “Everyone does!”
It’s no surprise Scandinavian furniture designs are taking American homes by storm. Their “less is more” approach, simplistic designs, and focus on innovation is a breath of fresh air and causes everyone to stop and notice.
Whether you’re a minimalist, or just fascinated by Scandinavian-inspired home design, the following are a few decorating tips to give your home a Nordic vibe.
You will rarely (if ever) see wall to wall carpet in Swedish or Scandinavian design. While it’s hugely popular in America, in Nordic countries that style has never taken off. True Scandinavian interior design relies on wood floors or—usually simple white or light colored wood, birch and pine are great options here. You can also use light grey stone or slate tiles.
This type of flooring is popular in Swedish design because it makes rooms appear more open and airy feel.
While Scandinavian design is well known for it’s white, neutral colors it does rely on accents to bring out the design choices. If Scandinavia could have a favorite accent color – it’d be blue. They love bright blue area rugs, lighting, anddécor that stands out effortlessly against wood and black or white surroundings.
Accenting with bright blue adds a fresh pop of color and is quickly becoming the new trend in home design in the U.S.
Norwegian countries can have more than two months of ‘polar nights’ — when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. So lighting needs is an essential design component.
Aside from Alaska, the rest of the United States doesn’t have to worry about continuous darkness, but we can still adopt their mentality behind lighting. To combat the long, dark winter nights their design is built on lots of lights to illuminate rooms as much as possible.
In addition to electric lighting, Scandinavian design relies heavily on natural light via plenty of large windows. This is a great way to bring the outside lights in. Homes in Scandinavia do not generally close up their windows either, so window treatments are at a minimum. Everyone needs some form of privacy though—so light, sheer fabrics such as linen are good for drapery and window coverings. This type of drapery can be expensive so always use a reputable fabric cleaning service to keep your drapes in their best condition.
A recurring theme in Scandinavian design is a connection with nature. This is seen through the open views from large windows, but also in the use of fresh plants and botanicals
In addition to beautifying a room, live plants play a role in well-being. Plants have a positive affect on our health and happiness and have even been shown to increase productivity and creativity.
Along with fresh flowers and green plants such as ferns, succulents have become popular décor pieces for homes and offices. And decorating with cacti is a new favorite choice. Whether you choose little or big cacti, any size will add a cheerful, green burst to your living room, kitchen, or home office.
The majority of Scandinavian design trends are centered around stark, black and white aesthetics. This gives their design a neutral, blank canvas to start with and is a timeless approach to design.
We’re happy to see gray is now making a comeback as an additional wall color of choice. It offers the same neutral, monochromatic appeal, but with a softer approach. It also provides homeowners and designers with opportunities to use bright and bold accent colors to play off the neutral tones of the walls and floors.
Natural elements are a key to Scandinavian design. But along with wood and nature elements it uses metal accents also. So don’t be afraid to use solid wood materials and metals throughout your home. Copper and brass, along with chrome also offers eye-catching looks within Scandinavian design.
Wood materials could be used on walls and ceilings—including exposed beams—to add texture and warmth. It can also be combined with metal effectively in tables, around window-sills and with artwork. Incorporating natural elements into your design and combining it with color and spacious views is crucial to Scandinavian design.
This combination of wood and metal creates almost ‘work of art’ pieces throughout your design.
This style of design relies heavily on the ‘form follows function’ philosophy. Scandinavians like their homes livable and fully functionally. Furniture isn’t chosen to merely “look pretty.” Each piece holds a purpose and typically offers multiple functionality features.
Smooth, clean lines and boxy looks are a big part of the mid-century look that Scandinavian design aims for. This produces a truly minimalist look. When you embrace the ‘less is more’ approach to design you have to make sure everything counts and is functional first.
Speaking of livable space, their furniture designs are both innovative in design and modern in style. They believe furniture should be beautiful and built for human comfort.
Ekornes Stressless furniture is a prime example of uniquely comfortable furniture designed and built in the heart of Norway. Our modern sofas and recliners offer innovative, ergonomic technology to support you where your body needs it.
We’ve already mentioned how the focus is on minimalism, but it needs to be emphasized more. Scandinavian designers would shudder at English Victorian-style interiors filled with knick-knacks and boxes containing little boxes of clutter. It’s time to declutter!
When it comes to accessories, be selective and only choose a few. Scandinavians prefer clean, open space with a focus on quality versus quantity. Simplify your life by reducing clutter and sticking to the essentials. Not only will your home look great, you’ll feel better too!
Use these decorating tips for a beautiful and simple Scandinavian-inspired home. Need modern and comfortable ergonomic furniture direct from Norway? At European Leather Gallery, we offer a wide range of Stresslessrecliners,sofas,sectionals,tables, andoffice furniture. Don’t ignore your health and comfort. Check out the beautiful furniture options available to enhance your living room, home theater, or office.
Have you ever left work with a sore back only to get home, ready to relax and experience the same ache from your sofa?
If you spend much of your day sitting, your back may suffer from unsupportive office chairs or generic chairs and sofas built to standard sizes. Luckily, there’s a better way.
Ekornes understands good back health is important for living a happy, healthy life. That’s is why they designed their innovative line of Stressless furniture to promote back health.
Learn more about why a healthy back is so important and how Stressless furniture can help.
Did you know sitting in an improper position could damage your health? Poor posture can cause chronic back pain, circulation problems, and digestive issues.
If you’ve experienced debilitating back pain, you know just how much a happy back is important for a happy life. Persistent mild to severe back pain makes it difficult to enjoy everyday activities, let alone do everyday tasks necessary for daily survival.
That’s why it’s important to choose ergonomic office chairs and furniture which support correct back positioning to avoid overworking your back.
Stressless furniture is designed with you in mind. While your spine and back may differ from your friends or significant other, the innovative comfort technology in Stressless furniture is intuitive to support your specific body shape and size.
Not just one, but three built-in technologies race to your rescue:
Never has sitting or reclining felt so good. With the support you need, where you need it, your back pain can vanish.
Most furniture comes one-size-fits-all. Unfortunately, we’re not all a 5’10” male weighing 165 pounds (the average furniture design). In fact, only 2% of the population matches this size!
What about the rest of us? Stressless understood the issue and solves the problem with three recliner sizes: small, medium, and large. This allows you to find the best fit possible to get the comfort and support your body size needs.
If you’re like many Americans, you may spend much of your day sitting at a computer. Whether in a home office or corporate office space, your desk chair should be friendly to the human frame.
Unsupportive office chairs may not only lead to back pain and body dysfunction, the lack of support can make it difficult to focus on tasks. Stressless office chairs offer the comfort your body craves with ergonomic support right where you need it for a full day of work.
Don’t stress your back by sitting in uncomfortable positions at work or home. Stressless furniture does the hard work of supporting your back and neck in proper positions so you can relax. Check out the Stressless furniture collections available for your home or office today.
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, or moving into a new home, buying a new home is the perfect time to reevaluate your current furniture. A new home may mean it’s time to say goodbye to an old, worn out sofa or chair. Start fresh in your new home and upgrade to new furniture to match the style and elegance of your home. Here are the top four furniture pieces you need when buying a new home.
Are you moving into a larger home and need new couches to fill it? Or have your old sofas or couches seen better days?
Start fresh with new, clean sofas or couches. If you have a large living room or bonus room and you’d like extra seating, consider a Stressless sectional for optimal seating and comfort.
Sofas are great, but sometimes it’s nice to have a chair or two nearby for individuals to kick back, relax, and put their legs up.
If you’re upgrading your sofas, it may be time to upgrade your coffee and end tables too!
Choose a design to match your new living room furniture and place end tables or side tables near sofas or reclining chairs to hold lamps, books, or your morning coffee cup.
A new home may mean it’s time to upgrade your current bed or plan on using a spare room for a guest bed.
Moving is the perfect time to get rid of old mattresses and have new ones delivered to your new home. Also, consider sofa beds for more sleeping areas for family or guests to crash overnight.
As fall weather fully takes over across much of the country—it’s still nice and warm here in Jacksonville though—this is the perfect time to make a few changes around your home to offer a warm welcome this fall season.
If you’re looking to make some interior design changes this season, consider the following ideas to help make your home inviting and cozy this fall.
Consider changing up your photos or décor on your mantle. Welcome the new season with rich fall colors of orange, yellow, dark reds, and classic neutrals. Change out art and add candles for a fresh start to the new season.
Fall and winter mean you may spend more time indoors. For this reason, you’ll want to invest in new, comfortable sofas or recliners for a cozy and inviting living room. Stressless recliners or sofas help promote relaxation while supporting your body where you need it most.
Encourage rest and relaxation this fall with ergonomic furniture designed with you in mind.
As you settle in for longer nights, improve the atmosphere in your home with fall scented candles and lamps. Soft or simple lighting in a room offers a cozy vibe and fresh fall scents remind people of the change in seasons.
The most popular decor for fall is rich, natural woods and materials such as pinecones, leaves, and acorns.
Fill glass jars or vases with natural fall decorations and place them on your mantle, dining table, coffee table, or throughout your house.
If you enjoy baking, now is the time to make tasty fall treats and fill the air with delicious smells.
If baking isn’t your forte, make your house smell good by placing cinnamon sticks in a small pot of water on the stove. Bring to a boil and turn to low to release a lovely smell of cinnamon throughout your home.
Get ready for fall and winter with new furniture built to support your back and entire body. Feel the stress or tension melt away.
It’s not hard to convince customers why Ekornes Stressless furniture is the perfect choice for their home.
In fact, the furniture sells itself when you discover the built-in features designed to mold to your body shape while allowing for movement and optimal support when sitting.
Stressless furniture fits like a glove and offers an innovative, ergonomic way to sit and relax. But don’t just take our word for it, here are more great reasons many people choose Ekornes Stressless furniture for their home.
When you sit in an Ekornes chair, you’ll be amazed at the features to offer your back support in any position.
The lumbar, or the curve of your spine, is supported in the correct position while the headrest supports your head for perfect alignment. Before Ekornes chairs, your spine has never known such tailored support and alignment whether in an upright or reclined position.
Your back will love this chair and your chiropractor will agree.
In fact, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) endorses the Ekornes Stressless recliner because of it’s ergonomic support when sitting. If you sit for hours in a day, it’s important to select chairs to offer your back and spine the most optimal benefits.
Stressless furniture isn’t limited to a solo chair for one.
Ekornes developed a line of stressless furniture to include recliners and leg rests, ottomans, sofas, and ergonomic office chairs. Your home and office will be complete with furniture designed to reduce stress and pressure on your back and spine. By having more support where you need it most, you’ll experience less back pain and more comfort in your home or office.
Not only does stressless furniture offer optimal support for your back, they come in multiple colors offering classic or modern styles to match your home or office.
Choose from neutral, black, or white leathers, or make a statement with a bright red leather sofa. Include wood accents and choose from six wood finishes to match your home and décor.
If you spend much of your day sitting, choose Ekornes ergonomic furniture to reduce stress on your back. You’ll be amazed at the results. Visit our showroom at European Leather Gallery for the best selection of Ekornes Stressless furniture for your home.
You made a great choice when choosing Ekornes Stressless furniture. Now it’s important to learn how to care for the leather and wood accents so your beautiful recliners, chairs, and sofas look great for years to come. Use these tips to take great care of your new Ekornes furniture.
Wipe leather chairs or couches with a dry cloth at least once a week to remove dust. Use water or leather cleaning product to remove dirt and body oils. Apply a protective leather cream every six months to keep the leather healthy and avoid cracking. Be careful with scissors, knives or sharp objects around your leather furniture to avoid cuts or damage to the leather.
Vacuum textile furniture once a week and treat stains immediately to avoid lasting stain damage. Even when vacuuming regularly, your furniture can become dirty over time from everyday use. Clean the fabric with a fabric care cleaning product and focus on areas where your skin or hair come in contact with the material. If needed, professionally dry clean the fabrics for a deeper clean.
Ekornes has taken out the guessing by developing a unique selection of leather and textile furniture care products. The Stressless Leather Care Kit contains leather cleaner, protection cream, and handy wipes. The Fabric Care Kit contains fabric cleaner, stain remover, and ‘Ox cleaner.’ Each of these kits offers exactly what you need to keep your furniture stain-free and looking brand new.
Just as your furniture needs cleaning and protection, hardwood floors in your home need a protective barrier to stay in great condition. Use the Stressless Hardwood Floor Protector underneath ring-based recliners. This self-adhesive protective layer will help protect your tile or wood floors from dings or scratches.
Keep your Ekornes stressless furniture looking brand new with regular cleaning. Don’t forget to apply an extra layer of protection on leather chairs or sofas every six months and deep clean fabrics when they begin to appear dirty.
Shop online or visit our store for Ekornes furniture cleaning kits.
Since being introduced to Ekornes Stressless products in 2001, the owners & management staff behind ELG have had a passion to spread the word about this genuinely unique furniture line. ELG considers it a privilege to represent a manufacturer who reaches and exceeds the expectations of the ever growing cautious consumer.
Ekornes, being the only furniture maker to be endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, has built a solid reputation for being the answer for those who simply have a difficult time being comfortable on conventional furniture.
The Stressless line provides more than comfort as it offers a wide variety of styles, from casual to formal, in over 500 color & wood accent combinations. The Ekornes Stressless brand has seen amazing growth over the past 30 years and continues to be the leader in contemporary furniture innovations.
Ekornes, Inc. is pleased to announce that the first new Stressless Zone program has been installed at European Leather Gallery’s new Beach Blvd store in Jacksonville, Florida.
“This first install of the new Stressless Zone represents a real milestone for Ekornes, Inc.” says Peter Bjerregaard, President, Ekornes, Inc. “After many years of global planning of the new merchandising program it is truly exciting to see it come to life. ELG is a great Stressless partner, and we are proud to have the first new zone in North America in their beautiful new store.”
The goals of the new Stressless Zone program are to reinforce the Stressless brand’s comfort position, enhance the Stressless store experience with updated messaging and increase Stressless sales for each location.
“We could not be more thrilled to be the very first retailer with the new Stressless Zone,” says Nancy Kulm, owner, ELG. “After 2 weeks of having it in our new location we are extremely pleased with the sales results.”
Ekornes, Inc. will continue to rollout the new Stressless Zone Program to all North American retailers for the next several years.
Stressless® unveiled today at High Point Market six 2015 recliner and sofa styles, some equipped with the new BalanceAdapt® comfort technology, along with fresh options for color and coverings.
“Stressless is entering an exciting era of Nordic design, while engineering new ways to deliver the most comfortable seating in the world,” said Beverly Kastel, Ekornes marketing manager. “2015 will be a landmark year in shaping the future of the Stressless brand.”
Product introductions for 2015 include Stressless Skyline, a recliner featuring a Signature Base combining chrome with wood accents. The coordinating Stressless Metropolitan sofa mimics Skyline’s tufted cushions and slightly flared arms, creating a cohesive paired look. Another recliner and sofa pair, Stressless View and Stressless Panorama, feature clean silhouettes and a streamlined look.
Each of these pieces are equipped with new BalanceAdapt comfort technology, which rocks and reclines smoothly by balancing the user’s body weight. Sofas with BalanceAdapt feature independently mobile seats, allowing multiple users to relax to their own levels of comfort.
Two additional recliner options include Stressless Nordic and Stressless Crown, which deliver a fresh take on a more traditional style. Both feature the classic hourglass base for a striking silhouette from any angle.
To complement the new products, a new line of luxury leathers, new high-quality textiles and Ultrasuede® coverings were announced. The Cori leather collection features high durability, a supple feel and many updated colors. Meeting rigorous testing standards for color fastness and durability, the Ultrasuede cover retains its original beauty throughout years of use. Its suede-like surface results in a luxurious soft hand, enhancing comfort and beauty for the Stressless customer. The new program will feature a selection of seven top-selling and on-trend colors.
image courtesy: Ekornes US