If there’s one design trend sure to stand the test of time it’s our love for all things Scandinavian. There’s something so idyllic about a minimalist space decked out in soothing neutrals, blissfully free of clutter, with pops of wood and big windows to let in lots of light (and fjord views?) so you can bask in how clean and minimalist your space really is.
(I say this while sitting at a kitchen table overflowing with papers, coffee cups and miscellaneous reminders of life’s general messiness). Hey, it’s human nature to want the things we can’t have, right? So while my own abode may never come close to a peaceful oasis devoid of clutter, at least we all can embrace the simple elegance of a Scandinavian-inspired couch. Here are seven sofas so you can do just that.
Nothing to cheer you up on a cold gloomy day like a couch shaped like a smile. That’s right, the backrest of Furninova’s Smile Day Sofa ($$2,499) curves into a beaming U-shape, sure to add a touch of joy to even the drabbest of winters. This classic little sofa, which is available as a 2-, 2.5-, or 3-seater, is all about clean lines and a small footprint, making it perfect for apartment living. omgitssmall.com
Vancouver-based Article is well-known (and well-loved) for their dedication to all things Mid-Century Modern. The two design trends have a decent overlap, and there are quite a few thoughtful and contemporary Scandinavian-esque pieces in their collections. For example, there's this dreamy Abisko sofa ($1,849). Rounded edges and an oversized silhouette make for a modern take on Scandinavian principles. article.com
A sofa for entertaining (or, you know, for really spreading out on next movie night), the Dakota Sectional by Italian designer Bontempi (price available upon request) brings Scandinavian charm to the big leagues. The goose down filling makes for ultra-luxurious lounging. Slender legs and a low back bring balance to a large sofa, so you can maximize space without overcrowding. gingerjarfurniture.com
It just wouldn’t seem right to leave out the furniture producer that brought Scandinavian design to the masses. This simple Morabo sofa by IKEA ($699) is a great budget option that lets the company’s roots shine through. The soothing sage colour is a unique choice if you’re looking for a neutral that isn’t gray or brown. ikea.com
There’s so much to love about West Elm’s Andes Sofa (from $1,889). You can choose your couch’s depth, width, legs and fabric. A low back and a deep seat give it just a hint of contemporary whimsy (and also make it super comfortable—a win-win). westelm.ca
These couches are made to order. The Cross calls their Sunday Sofa (from $4,495) one of the most comfortable around, and we're not arguing. With an extra deep seat and feather wrapped cushions, sleeping on the couch might not be such a bad thing after all. thecrossdesign.com
With plush seating and backing, Revolve’s Bernade Sofa ($3,749) is all about streamlined luxury. There are over 200 leather options to choose from, so you can pick the exact shade of Scandi neutral that’ll transport you straight to Oslo every time you sit down. Plus with stain resistant fabric and a lifetime frame warranty, this is a couch meant to last. revolvefurnishings.com