While Scandinavian, modern, and minimalist may seem the same, there are enough differences between them to make each a dedicated style. All have a focus on clean lines and embracing natural light, but the main difference lies in each of their intents. That said, it’s possible to blend and merge the styles.
Modern dates back to the early to mid-20th century. The style shows the celebration of new construction techniques. Lines are clean and straight, with an emphasis on using natural elements combined with manmade materials such as steel and glass. The intent is for form to follow function, or the design to reflect its purpose.
Scandinavian focuses on sustainability and personal touches that are also comfortable. Lines are clean, embracing both straight and curved edges. The emphasis is more on natural touches and décor than combining manmade and organic. Out of the three, this style is most flexible when it comes to décor. The goal is to create a sense of hygge, or warm comfort through whatever means works best for you.
Minimalism centers on keeping only what’s necessary, taking modern principles a step further. The spaces are open, but typically more than with modern or Scandinavian. There are fewer artistic pieces, and color palettes are also more simplified and harmonized. The goal is relaxation through less clutter.