Architects and planners know this: in the grey area of the colour spectrum, it is often a matter of the smallest of nuances, so that different materials and colours can harmonise. Industrial grey, concrete grey, warm grey, platinum grey, anthracite grey, silver grey, ash grey, elephant grey, cold grey, mole grey...
The elegant tranquillity of the far north is reflected in the matte grey shades of the floor, with these hues being influenced by the industrial aesthetic and the simple lines of Scandinavian furniture, frequently combined with carpets in graphical patterns: two partners that are actually opposites but get along exceptionally well in practice.
Born from the hard Scandinavian winters that call for efficiency and a feeling of airiness so as to drive away all thoughts of darkness, this is a style that is perfect for rooms. The colour is restricted to an absolute minimum, with matte grey floors or parquet, and walls generally covered in pristine white. The colour reduces visual fragmentation and makes the room appear larger.
Scandinavian rooms are bright – why is that the case? In Scandinavia, living areas have always been designed to let in as much daylight as possible. With 1,800 hours of sunshine each year, Stockholm is the sunniest capital city in the region – and yet there are at least 1,000 fewer hours of sunshine here than the inhabitants of Madrid, Sydney or Miami enjoy.
“Scandinavian style” – when we hear this key term, we generally think of bright rooms and clear lines. The latest Scandinavian crime series comes to mind, and we are reminded of the great architects such as Henning Larsen and Alvar Aalto, as well as of products with a “Nordic” design – that is clean, grey, white.
Industrial floorings in all shades from warm grey to copper.
Lino Art Bronce LPX 212-070 copper concrete grey
Marmorette “Wave” seems to be a solid shade from the distance, but possesses a hint of a moving pattern which moves across the floor in gentle waves, thus making it less susceptible to dirt. „Lino Art Bronce“ Marmorette “Wave” seems to be a solid shade from the distance, but possesses a hint of a moving pattern which moves across the floor in gentle waves, thus making it less susceptible to dirt.
Industrial floors were the influence behind the various grey hues. Inspiration was drawn from concrete and asphalt, but also from neon-coloured industrial drawings for orientation and metallic traces of wear – flakes of aluminium run through the monochrome surfaces.
Sampling in Nordic light
Light has great importance in Scandinavian lifestyle decor, as the dark winters last a long time in the far north. However, the light is also different, and for this reason all grey shades are sampled outdoors in northern daylight.
Concrete impresses with its austere charm and is becoming increasingly popular among architects and planners. This Scandinavian linoleum collection offers many beautiful grey tones with a hint of colour.
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