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Both minimalism and nordic style are part of home design and although they have many similarities, these are the differences you should know.

Create a Zen atmosphere in your spaces by incorporating the new minimalism. Aleksandra Zlatkovic / Getty images

The nordic style and minimalism have several characteristics in common due to the simplicity and elegance that they bring when we incorporate them into the home; however, its origin, its ideology and functionality make all the differences that exist between the two more visible.

Minimalism is a style that seeks absolute purity, simplicity and practicality, to create orderly and calm spaces without losing the presence of style and sophistication. While the Nordic seeks to make the most of natural light, create spaces in which nature is present and generate visually spacious environments. But, how do we manage to differentiate both styles and set the tone to be able to separate them from each other?

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The term minimalism was first used to react against the predominance of realist and pop art currents of American visual artists in the 1960s, and they tried to find the line and reduce it to the essential.

The minimalist design pursues a fluid and open-concept space. Emphasize the simplicity and functionality of the furniture; It has influences tied to traditional Japanese design where clean lines flow throughout the home. Go more for the use of industrial materials, geometric shapes, chrome, stainless steel and lacquered plastics. It emphasizes minimizing the colors, materials and textures that are used both for furnishing and for decorating, since the little decoration in this style must be functional and thus ensure that the design is the absolute protagonist of the room and that everything revolves around him.

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Nordic style

The Nordic style was developed in Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and Finland with the aim of making the most of the little natural light that these countries have during most of the year. That is why light colors, natural materials and organic shapes predominate in this style.

The leading role of the Nordic style is nature, so wood is going to be the key in the interiors, accompanied by natural materials such as linen, cotton or wool that are ideal for dressing the home. The intention of integrating these materials is to recreate warm, relaxing and functional rooms. In short, it seeks to contribute with the decoration that the areas have a greater space at a visual level, so that natural light is present everywhere.

In search of order

Both styles seek to bring order to the home, but what differentiates them is how to achieve this purpose. While minimalism opts for basic tones such as white or black, the Nordic offers a more varied option, as long as it is in neutral and soft tones.

The objective of both is to create spaces that convey calm and tranquility, so that you can see your home as a haven of peace, without neglecting order and of course without failing to reflect your personality. Next, know the differences of each one.

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Simplicity vs Space

In minimalism, having the walls of your spaces in white tones and without decoration acquires a greater symbolic meaning. Normally, when choosing this style of decoration, it is important to ask yourself the question: “Do I really need it?” However, the Nordic style does not have norms or rules to follow, but its intention is to convey a feeling of space, which is why it emphasizes that getting rooms with a lot of space helps to create a feeling of lightness.

Warmth vs Functionality

The Nordic style focuses on creating warm and relaxing rooms, which is why it always opts for decoration with natural materials in order to obtain unique spaces full of tranquility. Minimalism, on the other hand, seeks to get rid of possessions that are not useful, to create a space of tranquility with decoration and furniture that fulfill this dual purpose.

Neatness vs Practicality

The minimalist trend wants a neat space that is always in order, since having spaces with excessive decoration and in disarray can affect your life physically, mentally or emotionally. The goal of this is to create an environment with more meaning. However, practicality is one of the elements that stands out the most in the Nordic style, since the objective is to have practical spaces that, thanks to their decoration and distribution, facilitate daily life, increase energy and generate a relaxing atmosphere throughout the house.


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