Though many associate the Scandinavian palette with simple black & white, strong pops of color are important to Scandinavian design, both historically (see: Finn Juhl’s house, Verner Panton, textiles by Marie Gudme Leth) and currently (see: HAY, Kvadrat, any IKEA catalogue).
We’re consistently inspired by the way people use color, whether it be from Kandinsky’s teachings in the Bauhaus school or Mark Rothko’s massive abstract canvases. Instagram has been a wonderful democratising force in many art mediums, and we love to find new and exciting visuals there.
Here are a few of our favorite color-focused Instagram accounts for a rainbow of inspiration:
Tekla Evelina Severin (@teklan)
Multi-hyphenate Swedish artist Tekla Evelina Severin is an expert in color and proportion. Her lovely feed will scratch your creative color itch, no matter what kind of images you’re after – architecture, graphic design, still-life, and more. See more of her pics in the header image above.
Esteban Cortez (@estevancortez)
If you’re looking for ways to incorporate color into your home decor, photographer Esteban Cortez can lead the way! His eye for colorful pieces, prints and textures is sure to inspire even the most minimalist among us.
Kvadrat Textiles (@kvadrattextiles)
Masters of color combination Kvadrat Textiles are a Scandinavian – and global – design favorite. The never follow trends; they set them. Their collaborations with furniture makers like Fredericia and fashion designers like Raf Simons are iconic and often ground-breaking.
Kelly Harrington (@kellouhar)
H&M designer and trend forecaster Kelly Harrington has a thing for blue. Specifically, for blue denim. Her feed is a wonderland of all things blue and beautiful, mostly clothes and accessories. If you’re going to live a monochrome lifestyle, this is the way to do it.
Piera Gelardi (@pieraluisa)
As Executive Creative Director of Refinery29, Gelardi has created a colorful and immediately-recognizable visual universe that doesn’t shy away from loud hues or patterns. Apart from her keen eye and love of color, Piera is also socially conscious and outspoken in a way that is informative, relatable and uncompromising.
A magazine about “monochrome states of mind,” Sindroms takes color-inspiration to the next level. Each magazine is focused on a single color and explores, through photographs and text, the various meanings of the color. It’s a beautiful, collectible volume that you’ll refer back to time-and-again.