The UN World Happiness Report 2022 has named Finland the happiest country in the world for the fifth time in a row. The country that remains at the top is the world leader in quality of life – but how does a happy country equal a happy home?
When it comes to modern decoration ideas, there could be far worse things to do than steal sheet music from a country that still reigns supreme when it comes to merriment and Scandi cool. But despite its many decorative quirks, there is one feature that continues to define Finnish style: natural materials.
According to Finnish designers, natural materials are an integral part of their native design. However, organic decorative pieces enjoy great popularity far beyond Helsinki. This is how you celebrate sustainably furnishing trendaccording to those who have mastered its timeless aesthetic.
Why are natural materials popular in Finland?
According to designers Olli and Saana Saana yes Olli, Finland’s relationship with natural furnishings is rooted in the country’s heritage.
“Prior to our economic rise into the modern Nordic welfare state in the 20th century, Finland was a sparsely populated and poor rural country,” explains the designer duo housing etc.
“Our rural background shows in a respect for natural materials because that was all we had. Natural materials bring warmth into the room and are timeless. They make breathing easier in spaces and calm the restless modern mind.”
designers Johanna Lehmuskallio adds that Finland’s love of natural materials is related to the nation’s love of being Inside. Johanna explains that Finns spend about 90% of their time in their homes – which means they value quality materials and design.
“It really matters where we live, sleep and work [in]’ says the designer. “Authentic natural materials, spacious rooms and a clear, minimalist design are important to the Finns. The goal is to create a quiet place.”
Why you should focus on the trend towards natural materials
While natural materials are beneficial in terms of their quality and timeless aesthetics, designer Annu Nykänen von Lova Co Interiors also emphasizes her place in the sustainable design movement.
“Today, the artificial side of the world is growing faster than ever, and that’s why natural materials can be the solution to this phenomenon,” she explains. “Trying to connect these two worlds is a way to go back to basics and continue to make the best effort possible on climate change, it’s a very important issue.”
And as Johanna and Olli and Saana suggest, these natural materials have a positive impact on your well-being – something that is becoming increasingly important in the world of contemporary interior design.
“It has an important benefit for people,” says Annu. “Natural materials with their soft colors can bring peace to the human soul and connect them more with nature and their home.”
It’s time to rewrite your design notes with the influence of a global powerhouse.