Contrasting Scandinavian Aesthetic: Cluttercore

The Scandinavian simplistic design and Cluttercore are two contrasting approaches to aesthetics, each embodying different principles and visual philosophies. Scandinavian design uses clean lines, minimalism, and a focus on functionality. It is also characterized by a muted color palette, often using neutral tones, to emphasize simplicity and create a sleek look. In contrast, Cluttercore represents abundance, mirroring a maximalist approach where excess, diverse patterns, and bright colors are used [1]. The style tries to create an overwhelming sensation, with many objects and decorations cluttering the space.

Cluttercore aesthetics applied to a room

If I used the Cluttercore principles in a plant vase, a significant outcome from the sleek Scandinavian look would occur. Because Cluttercore uses so many embellishments, a wide variety of colors, and unique materials, the minimalistic charm of the Scandinavian design would be replaced with a more convoluted and chaotic aesthetic.

Potential look of a Cluttercore-inspired plant vase


[1] Gore, Sydney. “Is ‘Cluttercore’ the Chaotic Good We Need Right Now?” Architectural Digest, Architectural Digest, 6 May 2022,


Featured: “Embrace ‘Cluttercore’: A Way to Show off All of Your Treasures …” Embrace ‘Cluttercore’: A Way To Show Off All of Your Treasures in a Chic Way,, Accessed 13 Feb. 2024. (Photo by @timeasley via Instagram)

[1] Grigsby, Lynda Lin. “Cluttercore Is the Trend Many Parents Need Right Now.” Parents, Parents, 20 Dec. 2022, Image: ED FREEMAN / GETTY IMAGES

[2] “From Chaos to Composition: Understanding the Differences between Cluttercore and Clustercore.” Nell Hill’s, 5 June 2023,

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  • Hi Ari, I really liked you post on the contrast between the scandinavian and cluttercore aesthetic! The cluttercore really is an opposite and while I am more of a minimalist person, I like the example picture of cluttercore that you provided. I also liked your example of how the vase would look in the opposing aesthetic. Do you find yourself more minimalistic or cluttercore in your daily life / at home?


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