The Beauty of Nordic Decking
Nordic design principles have had a huge influence in homes across the globe, and are now pushing into the outdoors with their signature combination of simplicity, functionality, and appreciation for nature.
Because Scandinavians live in typically cold climates and harsh weather, they do not take the beauty of their backyards and landscapes for granted. Nor do they try to control their lawns and force plants into any kind of symmetry or artificial design. Instead, they complement their stunning natural scenery with decks that make the outdoors a truly livable, usable space that anyone would be glad to spend time in.
Nordic outdoor charm
The Nordic landscape comes in a wide variety of stunning natural sights – from the volcanic highlands of Iceland and fjords of Norway, to the meadows of Sweden and the forests of Finland. Garden Design Magazine shares that there is nothing like Scandinavian summers, when these views come alive after a long winter slumber. The days are long; the Nordic people live their life outdoors; and with views so uniquely phenomenal, there is little point in making a change in the landscape or ostentatiously decorating their outdoor spaces.
Nordic decks are created with the same thoughtful treatment as their in-house counterparts, with the distinctive clean lines and muted colours that the Contemporist describes in their list of defining features of Scandinavian design. Because Scandinavian winters are long and dark, the colour white prevails in many of their living spaces, decks very much included, complemented by light woods and solid pieces. Decorations are typically in grey or light pastel hues, with touches of black to introduce contrast and focal points to the scenery.
In terms of furniture, Nordic decks come equipped with comfortable seating arrangements, tables, and simple accent décor. In some regions, decks even come with their own outdoor fireplaces to better add comfort for their users and to extend their use even during the colder months.
A graceful marriage of functionality and sustainability
“We’re modest souls with rustic backgrounds, living in countries that have undergone rapid development,” author Annika Zetterman told The Telegraph. Her book, New Nordic Garden: Scandinavian Landscape Design, explores the ways Scandinavians marry functionality and sustainability with grace in their outdoor living spaces.
The long summer days, during which these landscapes and decks come alive, are always in stark contrast to long winters. She shares, “We work constantly between hope and despair in a harsh environment.” If you’re hoping to add your very own Nordic deck into your home, this quiet perseverance and balance between extremes are perhaps the two most important things to inject into your work.
To achieve the same distinctive look, make sure to let your garden or backyard do the talking and design your decks in a way that is modern without being shiny, clean, without being too minimalist. For your foundations and flooring, keep an eye out for beech, ash, and other light wood decking options. Screwfix shows the common features of different decking kits, with some even having reversible decking boards to give flexibility in creating stylish Nordic outdoor spaces all. Their material typically lasts for 15 years, giving them great value for your money, providing your family and guests with a great space to enjoy the outdoor scenery for a long time. Steer away from painting the platforms or any fences, or if you absolutely must, stick to whites, blacks, or nature-inspired colours.
As always, comfort plays a key role in building your very own Nordic deck. Make sure to add tables and chairs like the ones in the stunning family home previously featured here on The Nordique, to bask in the sunlight and entertain guests. Consider planting evergreens like magnolia and Italian cypress at the edges of your Nordic deck to give you and your family some privacy in your backyard while also adding to the ambience. For the final Scandinavian touch, decorate lightly with some candles, blankets, and a cosy rug.