The Scandinavian design has remained a prominent icon in the interior design universe.

These Nordic styles focus on neutral color schemes, paired with pops of calm colors and natural elements that bring the outdoors in.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the Scandinavian interior design is the concept of Hygge.

The word Hygge isn’t one that translates perfectly into English, but it references the feeling of coziness, simplicity, and warmth in a home.

Imagine a cool, rainy day spent cuddled next to a fireplace with fuzzy socks and a warm blanket. This is the feeling that is meant to be captured in the Nordic style, one of complete sufficiency, contentment, and warmth.

Learn how to infuse your home with five of the most recent trends in this traditional and minimalist style.

1. Pops of Blue

In the past, Scandinavian interior design consisted primarily of white, black, and wood. But, one new color has come to bring life into neutral spaces.

The perfect compliment for the pale, cool colors, blue promotes relaxation and breaks up the monotony of neutrals.

Consider incorporating a blue accent such as a rug, painting, or blanket to bring this deeply natural color into your peaceful space.

2. Gray Walls

This style usually emphasizes the dichotomy of black and white in terms of wall hue. However, gray walls are becoming increasingly popular in 2017 as an alternative.

Gray is perfect to adhere to the overall theme while adding a level of unique beauty between the two predominant colors.

3. Worn Leather

There are few things in the world that blend as naturally and as beautifully as wood and leather.

These two elements of nature at a rustic charm to the Scandinavian style that would otherwise be overshadowed by the modern design.

The key is to find worn leather furniture that can provide the coziness that is the foundation of this interior design style, without sacrificing true quality.

4. Big Paper Lanterns

These large, white lanterns provide a modern and elegant alternative to regular chandeliers.

The placement of three to four of these in key spaces such as above a kitchen table is an ideal statement piece.

The lanterns come in different styles that can be customized to your preferences and placement.

5. Cacti

Last year, succulents completely dominated the indoor plant world. These resilient plants are not only hardy but also extremely unique.

However, their close cousins in the cacti family have slowly been gaining traction. Perhaps it’s the dangerous, yet innocent nature of cacti or perhaps it’s the pure beauty of these green life forms.

Either way, add small cacti to your space to bring the outdoors in while improving the aesthetic of the room.

Scandinavian Interior Design Principles

The key elements of all of these trends are the Nordic love of pale colors, nature, coziness, functionality, and contentment.

It can be easy to incorporate even a few of these design techniques to promote happiness and well-being in your home.

Simply invest in key elements that will bring make you feel “just right” rather than endless decorations that clutter and complicate your space. Keep it simple is the key piece of advice.

Check out European Leather Gallery’s high-quality leather furnishings to add to your new cozy little Scandinavian haven.

At European Leather Gallery, we aim to bring you the highest quality furniture made in the USA and from around the world. We’re pleased to now offer Elite Modern furniture. Learn more about the quality and design this modern furniture line offers.

Elite Modern Style

Elite Modern furniture styles are driven by their passion for original design. Since 1988, they have produced innovative and exceptional modern furnishings in the USA. Their reputation for creative designs and superior comfort are only trumped by the outstanding value of their products.

Superior Construction and Value

A sophisticated combination of materials is used to create Elite Modern furniture, including brushed stainless steel, powder coated metals, solid wood, and veneers available in several finish options. For a custom look, they offer numerous fabrics, leathers, and Ultrasuede selections to bring uniqueness to their diverse assortment of products.

Elite Modern controls every phase of their furniture production from the product design and development to delivery of their products. This ensures you receive their superior and reliable quality every time.

Elite Modern Products at a Glance

At European Leather Gallery, we feature Elite Modern’s top bar or counter stool chairs and side tables. Elite Modern also offers retro and modern desks, chairs, beds, side tables, dressers, dining room tables, and more. Each item can be customized based on the appropriate fabric, leather, metal, glass, or wood options.

Meet the Design Team

Carl Muller – Independent Furniture Designer

Carl Muller is an independent furniture designer in Seal Beach, California and has worked with Elite for nearly 20 years. His talent has brought over 200 designs to market. Most are currently in production and continue to be top sellers.

Muller’s goal is to make a fresh statement with every design while maximizing comfort, elegance, and economy. His influences come from worldwide current and historical trends.

Rick Lee – Product & Interior Designer

Based in San Francisco, Rick Lee finds inspiration from a variety of things around him – from a sleek pocket knife to a gnarled tree branch. Lee combines rational thinking with radical influences to create striking designs ranging from minimal to whimsical.

Rick was born in Korea of Chinese descent and came to the U.S. as a teenager. After earning his degree in industrial design, he started his career creating pieces for notable furniture manufacturers in Chicago. After moving to Milan, Italy in his mid-20s, his art for distinctive artistic style became what it is today. By combining European principles and experiences, he developed a unique style that’s both vibrant and charismatic.

Elite Modern – Now Available at European Leather Gallery

We’re proud to be offering the exceptional Elite Modern pieces at European Leather Gallery. Browse online or stop by our showroom to learn more about adding exceptional Elite designs to your home or office.

Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga”, is a Danish design concept from the 18th century. It can’t be easily translated into one word but encompasses feelings of coziness, contentment, and well-being through simple things. If you’ve ever lit candles and curled up with a cup of cocoa and a fuzzy blanket on a rainy Sunday, you’ve experienced hygge.

Hygge is an important part of Danish design and lifestyle. “What freedom is to Americans…hygge is to Danes,” says Meik Wiking, the CEO of Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of The Little Book of Hygge. Hygge traverses winter and summer by bringing feelings of peace and contentment when embracing the cold season in Scandinavia.

Denmark’s obsession with all things cozy is one of the reasons why they top the world’s list of happiest countries. Here’s how you too can achieve hygge in your home.

Stock Up on Candles

Denmark and other Scandinavian countries are rumored to be the largest consumers of candles in the world per capita. To escape the winter’s chill, flickering scented or unscented candles are one of the most fundamental principles of hygge. To achieve peace and comfort in your home, light a candle or two and enjoy the soft light and your favorite scents.

Fall in Love with Texture

When you think of cozy, your mind may instantly go to soft textures which add dimension to any interior. Faux fur throws, knit cushions, and fluffy rugs add textured accessories for layering different textiles and surfaces. Add a roaring fire, knit socks, and soft candlelight and your room couldn’t get more hygge.

Less Is Much More

Hygge finds peace and fulfillment in the simple things. That means banishing clutter for a mess-free home. To embrace hygge, invest in clever storage solutions to hide visual clutter from view. The Danes believe a clean, serene space makes it easier to enjoy more continuous moments of hygge.

Display Your Memories

Hygge encourages creating an environment of happiness. Freely display your favorite paintings, family photos, and travel adventures. Surround yourself with the simple things that make you happy.

Embrace a Spa-Like Style

Start your spa-like style in the bathroom with a soaking tub, candles, soft bath robes, good lighting, and clever storage. Instead of rushing your morning routine, create space for rest and rejuvenation by making your bathroom feel like a daily trip to the spa.

Enjoy Soft Tunes

What could make candles, a cozy blanket, and a warm cup of tea any better? Relaxing music. Music is an important element of hygge to lift the mood and relax the mind and body. Invest in sleek Bluetooth speaker and play soft instrumental music or your favorite tunes in the background while you get ready in the morning or relax in the evening.

Enjoy the Sentimentality of Things Past

The Danes don’t like to waste, so they recycle and reuse old objects such as antiques and furniture in creative ways. With hygge, nothing needs to be perfect. It’s more about the sentimentality of a family antique or pieces of the past with history and memories.

At European Leather Gallery, we carry high-quality low back loveseats and sofas and recliners with sleek designs to achieve ultimate relaxation. Is it time to freshen up your space? View our selections online or visit our showroom to test our Scandinavian-inspired furniture and styles.

At European Leather Gallery, we scour the market looking for the top furniture providers who value quality over quantity. We’re thrilled to partner with Flexsteel furniture to offer you more great options for high-quality furniture made in the U.S.A.

Get to know what makes Flexsteel sofas a stylish and durable addition to your home.

People, Not Machines, Make the Best Furniture

Flexsteel’s commitment to quality craftsmanship continues to be as strong as ever. For over 100 years, Flexsteel has embraced technology and innovation, but still holds true to their belief that handcrafted furniture is better than anything you can get from a machine.

Flexsteel Specialty – The Blue Steel Spring

At the core of their upholstered seating is their Blue Steel Spring. Flexsteel believes strongly in their design that they guarantee its durability for a lifetime.

For over 75 years, the design itself has remained very similar. Unlike typical eight-way hand-tight springs, it never needs to be retied or replaced. This means you’ll never get that sinking feeling in your seat ever again. Flexsteel design and construction go hand in hand to create comfortable and long-lasting furniture.

Your Features – Your Choice

Flexsteel furniture is made to order. Choose the fabric, wood finish, cushion style, and trim options at European Leather Gallery. The Flexsteel system tracks your order and their delivery staff ensures your piece arrives quickly and safely.

Guaranteed to Last

Flexsteel takes their job of testing the durability of their furniture seriously. All of their products are tested to ensure you receive the highest quality, durability, and safety standards before they leave the factory. Their products and materials are backed by warranties, including a lifetime limited warranty for internal structures:

In addition, their 5-year and 1-year warranties cover even more features. You’re guaranteed to enjoy your Flexsteel furniture for many years to come.

Where It All Began

In 1893, the Rolph & Ball Furniture Company began manufacturing furniture in Minneapolis. By 1901, they sold the company to four former tradesmen from the nearby McCloud & Smith Furniture Company. After a few name changes and surviving the stock market crash in 1929, the name was changed to the Flexsteel Spring Corporation and moved to Iowa in 1936.

In the 1950s, new plants sprung up in several states to serve other areas. In 1958, The company was formerly named Flexsteel Industries after their famous spring. From the 1960s to the 1980s, the company continued to grow and add new products with advanced technology for the time.

In 1993, the company celebrated 100 years of success. Later in 2003, the company purchased DMI Furniture, Inc. with a line of kitchen, dining, bedroom, home office, and outdoor products under the brand name Home Styles.

Flexsteel is an American success story with a proud history and a bright future.

Flexsteel Furniture – Now Available at European Leather Gallery

Browse our selection of Flexsteel sofas and sectionals online or visit our showroom to learn more about custom Flexsteel furniture for your home.

With so many great design styles to choose from, how do you know what’s right for you? And are they really that different?

If you’re confused about where to begin, we’ve done the research for you and are explaining three popular design styles: Scandinavian design, mid-century modern, and contemporary.

Scandinavian Design Style

What is it?

Scandinavian design can be explained in three words: simplicity, utility, and beauty. It emerged as early as the 1930s from the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden before peaking in the 1950s. A range of designers who started the movement inspired the tangible values of durability, reliability, and functionality, including those less tangible values such as simplicity, joy, and courage through simple forms.

Scandinavian design believes beauty, functionality, and comfort should be available to all. A strong relationship between nature and abstract, natural shapes exist. Natural materials such as wood, leather, hemp, and more are used to create nature-inspired pieces. Scandinavian design styles seek to improve daily life through the unique design of furniture, textiles, lighting, dishes, etc.

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Mid-Century Modern Design Style

What is it?

Mid-century modern describes design styles from the mid-20th century, roughly 1933 to 1965. The term often refers to mid-1950s architecture and design. These designs were born during the Industrial Revolution at the end of the 19th century and included the post-World War I period.

Mid-century modern made its debut in 1984 when author Cara Greenberg titled her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. According to Greenberg, she just “made that up as the book’s title.” Lucky for her, the title stuck.

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Contemporary Design Style

What is it?

Contemporary design is defined as current or present designs. Many people use the words “modern” and “contemporary” interchangeably, but modern design actually refers to the mid-1990s.

Contemporary designs change with each passing year. Designs once considered contemporary in the year 2000 could now be considered vintage. Those created a decade from now will also be referred to as contemporary designs. Therefore, contemporary designs are ever changing due to new ideas, materials, and availability of resources.

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So, What’s the Difference?

All styles have a few similarities with unique differences inspired by their era and cultural background. At the core of each style is your comfort, with alternating focuses on simplicity, splashes of color and pattern, and the ever-evolving contemporary styles which can change with each passing year.

At European Leather Gallery, we specialize in Scandinavian-inspired furniture designed with your comfort in mind. Preview our gallery online to find your new home interiors.

The man cave has long been heralded as a sanctuary for men and a necessity for the hard-working male. It’s where they go to relax, unwind, and escape the stress of their daily routine. While the concept isn’t new, it’s time to expand on this idea for the ladies.

Women master many roles – wife, mother, entertainer, artist, employee, business owner – and she too deserves a place of her own to unwind and relax after a long day. A place where comfort meets design and the to-do list is non-existent.

The lady lair is the new man cave. A place in the home for women to enjoy what they love and relax in pure comfort. So, find a space in your home, an unused guest room or a sectioned off corner of a living space, and get to work creating your own lady lair sanctuary in your home.

1. Surround Yourself with What Inspires You

As you develop the concept for your lady lair, make space for the things you love. A lady lair can be based on your passions – what inspires you and invokes relaxation.

For some, their lady lair may become a private yoga studio with the right level of simplicity or comforts to clear your head. For others, it may become a reading or writing room with comfy chairs, a table or desk, and soft lighting in a peaceful setting. For those who enjoy crafts or sewing, a lady lair can become a space for their hobbies with supplies organized and easily accessible.

2. Good Lighting Is Important

Contrary to a dark man cave, take full advantage of the natural light available in your lady lair. Keep the curtains or shades open to allow light to stream in. During morning or evening hours, or when natural light is limited, use decorative table or floor lamps to give the space the light it needs.

3. Focus on Atmosphere

The little touches are essential to the purpose of the lady lair. Choose a few of your favorite colors then look for accessories in a similar hue which inspire a sense of calm. Include art elements that reflect your personality and personal items that offer positive reinforcement.

Fresh flowers, essential oil diffusers, pictures, lamps, throws, pillows, and soft music are just a few ways you can transform an ordinary space into a spa-like retreat.

4. Include Lots of Pillows and Comfy Seating

A cozy corner chair is a necessity to relax and curl up with a book, Kindle, or enjoy your morning coffee in a peaceful setting. If you have room, include a plush sofa for additional seating to invite people over to get comfy. Add large patterned or colored pillows for warmth and coziness. When you need extra space, stash pillows away in an ottoman with easy storage.

5. Keep the Space Organized and Clutter-Free

Clutter and disorganization are the enemies of relaxation. Make sure this space is well-organized and clutter-free. As you consider the design, get creative with storage solutions such as bookshelves, wicker baskets, and fabric covered boxes.

At European Leather Gallery, we help women choose the right furniture to inspire true relaxation. Check out our selection of ergonomic recliners, sofas, and loveseats online today.

While you’ll pay more for Stressless recliners, sofas, and office chairs, you gain a lot more for your dollar. Cheaper, mass-produced furniture doesn’t last as long and often ends up in landfills. With Stressless, you receive high-quality furniture pieces to enjoy for decades while reducing waste.

The following are 10 great reasons Stressless furniture is worth every penny.

1. Your Comfort Is Their #1 Priority

Nobody cares more about your personal comfort at home or in the office than Stressless. Each furniture piece contains internal technology to support your body’s position and plush cushioning to allow you to completely relax.

2. Customizable Options

Furniture shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. With Stressless, you can customize the leather, upholstery, and wood tone to match your style and preference.

3. Healthy Back, Happy Life

Stressless has the technology and ergonomic support many other furniture makers don’t offer. As you sit upright or glide into position, the chair stays focused on offering the proper support for your back. And we all know when your back is happy, so are you.

4. Luxurious Genuine Leather

One of the customization options you can pick from is high-quality genuine leather. The look, smell, touch, and feel of Stressless genuine leather is a sight to behold and something you must experience for yourself.

5. Stressless Stands the Test of Time

These aren’t chairs or sofas you’ll get rid of anytime soon. They’re built to last and so comfortable that you may hold on to them for decades. If you decide to sell later and switch to a newer model, they maintain their value.

6. Just the Right Style

No matter your style, Stressless has you covered. As a forward, innovative company, they have gorgeous, modern styles to choose from. More of a fan of traditional styles? You can find just what you need with Stressless.

7. Norwegian-Inspired Designs

Crafted in Norway, Stressless designs are inspired by Norwegian styles with a simplistic, minimalist flair. Reclining chairs have an open, airy feeling with a swivel base and the fine lines of their sofas inspire sophistication and relaxation at its finest.

8. High-Quality – Guaranteed

All parts and pieces from start to finish are made from high-quality materials and sturdy steel. Stressless stands by their work by guaranteeing their products and materials against failing from regular wear and tear.

9. Back Support When Sitting or Reclining

Whether you’re sitting all day at the office or relaxing in your easy chair, Stressless offers support at all angles. You should be protected any way you choose to relax, which is why Stressless technology reads your body position and automatically adjusts for the best fit.

10. You’ll Love How It Looks in Your Home

Stressless recliners, sofas, and sectionals are beautiful additions to any home, condo, or apartment. If you’re looking for a wow-factor piece that delivers on its promises, you’ll discover Stressless furniture does not disappoint.

Stressless furniture is an investment, but it’s an investment that gives back tenfold. Visit the European Leather Gallery showroom today or browse Stressless furniture options online to find the perfect fit for you.

In our efforts to offer our customers the highest quality furniture and styles from around the world, we’re excited to bring you Fjords Hjellegjerde Norwegian furniture! Learn more about why Fjords Hjellegjerde furniture is special, including their unique focus on style and innovation.

About Fjords Hjellegjerde Furniture

Since 1941, Fjords furniture has been inspired by Norwegian nature. Over 70 years ago, brothers Otto and Mindor Hjellegjerde launched the furniture company in the fjord village of Sykkylven in Norway. Their third brother, Ingvar, joined the business in 1946.

Together, the brothers harnessed their fierce dedication and skills to build one of the largest furniture companies in Norway. Now, their small family business has reached four continents.

Fjords Hjellegjerde – Inspired by Nature

What makes Fjords furniture different than other manufacturers is the source of their inspiration. Envision nearby landscapes where the endless motion of the ocean meets the strength of the mountains. Or consider the contrast between darkness and light in Norway constantly changing – one cannot exist without the other.

While surrounded by robust nature, they make their furniture solid. As nature daily expresses generosity, their furniture is designed for generous comfort.

Tradition Meets Innovation

While Fjords is inspired by nature, their focus is on finding the balance between tradition and innovation. The place where the knowledge of yesterday meets today’s modern technology. Fjords puts great emphasis on high-quality craftsmanship and Norwegian design with the same dedication and skill as when the company first began.

Built-in Ergonomic Comforts Designed to Improve Your Health & General Well-Being

Fjords believes in constantly innovating and improving their furniture for continuous comfort and health. Ergonomic furniture helps your body relax and enables your blood to circulate freely.

Fjords ergonomic chairs feature:

Discover the Beauty and Comfort of Fjords Hjellegjerde Furniture at European Leather Gallery

Come relax on a Fjords gliding chair and see for yourself the dedication, innovation, and design put into this Norwegian nature-inspired furniture. At European Leather Gallery, we offer an array of high-quality leather and upholstered furniture. Search your favorite styles online or come see us in our showroom today.

At European Leather Gallery, our goal is to offer our customers the highest-quality furniture made in the U.S. and around the world. We’re thrilled to offer Elite Leather Company furniture handmade locally by craftsmen and women in California.

About Elite Leather Company Furniture – Handcrafted in the U.S.A

Elite Leather Company was founded in 1959 and is a family-owned furniture company based in Chino, California. Each sofa, sectional, sleeper, and chair are made by hand using local American craftsmen. Elite Leather is passionate about custom furniture and takes extraordinary steps to make sure you’ll love their product as much as they do.

Elite Leather offers over 80 furniture styles to choose from and custom builds each piece to make it exactly how you want it. With 25 distinctive patterns of leather in over 200 colors and 96 colors of Ultrasuede®, your task is simply to choose the style, color, and seating, and Elite Leather Company will handle the rest. New custom furniture is shipped fast and covered with a comprehensive warranty.

Find Your Style

Whether you enjoy traditional, transitional, or contemporary designs, Elite Leather offers the perfect piece to enhance your space. Elite Leather furniture isn’t only built for style, they’re built to last.

Elite Leather Craftsmen Care About the Details

Each piece of Elite Leather furniture is handcrafted and not mass produced. Craftsmen spend considerable time examining each tanned hide and selecting the best parts of the leather to be showcased.

Unlike many furniture manufacturers, Elite Leather builds their own frames. Time and effort are spent gluing, stapling and using corner blocks in the frame to strengthen the joints. Each of these steps is given special attention to detail.

Elite Leather adheres to specific guidelines for sit and comfort tests based on their belief that furniture should be stylish and comfortable. Because each product is handmade, each piece may have their own unique variations.

Quality Furniture – Guaranteed

Because Elite Leather excels at offering high-quality furniture, they extend the most comprehensive warranty in the leather furniture industry. Each piece comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the construction and a 5-year warranty on the leather and seating. The leather is guaranteed to not crack, peel, tear, become hard, or transfer color with normal use. The frame and springs are guaranteed against defects in materials or craftsmanship for the life of the furniture with normal use.

Check out Elite Leather Company at European Leather Gallery!

We’re proud to add Elite Leather Company to our line of high-quality furniture offered at European Leather Gallery. Check out the sofa options online or come see us at our showroom to learn more about customizing handcrafted Elite Leather furniture today.

Do you ever browse design magazines or Pinterest and wonder how to make your living room as cozy and inviting as the images? It may not be as difficult as you think. With a little planning, you can achieve the cozy, inviting living space you’ve always wanted.

Choose Plush, Upholstered Furniture

Furniture is one of the main ingredients to set the tone in your living room. Plush, upholstered furniture that’s comfortable and inviting is sure to make your home cozy for all to enjoy.

Decorate in Layers

Layers invite an element of coziness by mixing and matching pieces. Layer throws and pillows to add warmth to your living room. Rugs can be layered under a coffee table with a few pillows placed neatly underneath for guests to relax wherever they please.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lighting

We’re talking all forms of lighting. Natural light, overhead light, and the ambiance of lamps.

While overhead lighting sometimes gets a bad reputation, it may be because it’s the wrong fixture. Replace stale or outdated overhead lighting with a stunning fixture that spreads light at all angles. Add soft or LED lighting and ambiance with decorative lamps on side tables or floor lamps near reading chairs.

Add a Touch of Leather

Genuine leather brings a touch of earthy, natural tones which can warm up an entire space. Accent with an ergonomic leather recliner or go big with a leather sofa or sectional.

Tap into Textures

Too much of one thing is never a good thing. The key to cozy is playing with textures. Expand your horizons with soft throw blankets, woven textures, baskets, metals, fabrics, and glass. The variety can bring warmth to a cool place.

Mix Rustic and Glam

Natural wood furniture and antler accents won’t turn your space into a cabin when it’s accented by neutral gray tones, glass, and other glamorous pieces. Create the right mix of rustic and glam for an inviting place for friends and family to gather.

Knits and Cozy Blankets

Is there anything cozier than knits? As you layer textures, include a knit blanket over a chair or soft, furry throws at arm’s reach for those cool, brisk mornings. Curl up with a cup of coffee and a book and you won’t want to leave your cozy corner anytime soon.

Add Natural Elements

Keep your living room vibrant with fresh, green plants. Do you find it difficult to keep plants alive? Decorate with succulents for natural greenery and less watering.

Show Off the Family

Nothing makes a home more appealing than the lives lived by the people inside. Showcase photos of fun family times and special memories with friends.

Keep It Functional

Cozy can also be functional. Make sure guests have a convenient place to set their drinks. Hide magazines, toys, or extra blankets in functional ottomans. If space feels tight, reduce the feeling of clutter with open-aired chairs and coffee tables.

Need more cozy furniture ideas? European Leather Gallery has exactly what you need for sofas, chairs, ottomans, coffee tables, and more.