From the iconic furniture designs to the pared back colour schemes and rich textures, Scandinavian interior design is famous all over the world and we have pulled together these top 51 tips to recreate the style in your own home.
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1. "Using earthy colours is essential, a natural palette mixed with organic materials such as grainy wood and sheepskin rugs add a lot of warmth to the space - the idea is to create a calming vibe. When it comes to furniture less is more, use high quality iconic pieces to make a statement and to bring individuality to the neutral background," Najwa Mroue of Atelier NM.
2. Editing is crucial when it comes to achieving a truly Scandinavian look. From furnishings to the books displayed on shelves, to really capture the look, it is key that every aspect of the scheme works together.
3. "Adding nature would be my top tip for achieving Scandinavian style interiors. It’s something you can do every season, a minimal glass vase can be useful at any time of year from the first green spring shoots to fir tree branches at Christmas time," Hege of Hege In France.
4. One of the best ways to create a feeling of cosy, intimacy around the dining table is to ensure that the lighting is warm and inviting. Adding a piece of Scandinavian lighting suspended over the dining table will instantly draw the space in while adding statement style to the room.
5. Scandinavian design ideas can incorporate an industrial edge in order to add the feeling of functionality that is crucial to the Scandic tradition. Exposed bulbs and wiring create a slightly 'unfinished' feel that we love.
6. Scandinavian interior design sees a combination of both very sleek and engineered finishes with natural materials which are rooted in tradition. This mix of hypermodern finishes with those that have been used in design for hundreds of years, such as timber, leather and wool, creates a gorgeous balanced interior that is elegant yet warm and inviting.
7. Break with tradition and, instead of the ever-popular shades of grey, work with a warmer palette of soft nude tones instead. These delicate neutral hues work beautifully with signature Scandinavian blonde timber furnishings and prevent the space from feeling cool or clinical.
8. Scandinavian style often has a uniform sophistication to it however it is possible to retain this style while giving it a more eclectic twist. Recreate this style at home by adding mismatching designer dining chairs to your dining room.
9. Don't be scared to experiment when it comes to designing your home. Trends will come and go but it's crucial that you love the pieces that you choose. Draw inspiration from design sources and then make the looks your own by incorporating colours, finishes and shapes that you can't live without.
10. "Scandinavian design usually centres upon a stark, black-and-white aesthetic - which is why we're so excited to see gray walls making a comeback. They provide the same neutral, monochromatic appeal, but dial it back a few notches," Elle Decor.
11. Metallic finishes are perfect for adding just a hint of glamour and warmth to your completed Scandinavian decor. Lighting, furniture legs and finishing touch accessories such as copper candles or decorative brass bowls are simple yet effective ways to incorporate metallic finishes.
12. "Scandinavian style is all about light, bright and minimal styling and the easiest way to get the look in your home is to paint your walls clean, fresh white, which will help bounce light around the room. It's important to choose the right hue as white can often produce a cold feeling - in order to nail this look, you want warmth.
Consider the orientation of your room and whether the windows are north or south facing; typically a south facing room can tolerate whites with a grey/blue undertone as it will receive much more natural daylight than a north-facing room, which will need more yellow undertones to achieve a Scandinavian feeling of cosiness," Kate Baxter of Fabric of My Life.
13. For a Scandinavian look that offers a warmer feel, forego classic white schemes and opt for deeper wall colours such as dark reds, burnt oranges or deep fir greens. Blend these with darker furnishings and lighting for a look that creates dramatic silhouettes.
14. Natural daylight is also an important element in Scandinavian interiors so keep windows clear of clutter, this will allow light to pour in and create an inside-outside feel.
15. Fir green is one off SS17's top interior colour trends and this is the perfect accent hue for Scandinavian decor looks as it reflects the colours of the country's landscapes.
16. Graphic artwork is a gorgeous accompaniment to Scandinavian decor and is the perfect opportunity to add a touch of personal taste. From moody charcoal cityscapes to bold geometric designs, a large canvas could be just the finishing touch you need.
17. Mixed materiality has been riding high as one of the top interior trends for the past couple of years and blending finishes is a wonderful way to harness the Scandic scheme. Raw timber flooring, engineered furnishings and metallic sculptural lighting create a striking blend of traditional design and contemporary styling.
18. Layered textures are key to Nordic design and will ensure that your interior look has rich visual depth. We love this combination of linoleum flooring, exposed brick walls, reclaimed timber furnishing and aluminium lighting - strikingly eclectic yet sophisticated.
19. Celebrate the beauty of material finishes with raw concrete walls, bare stone flooring and stripped back timber furniture.
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20. Scandinavian interior design harnesses the beauty of nature and combining white with raw timber finishes is a wonderful way to capture the look in any room.
21. Blush pink is the perfect colour-pop complement to Scandinavian decor, adding a touch of pastel warmth to the look as well as a playful edge. Blush is also the perfect shade to introduce for a burst of fresh spring style, look out for pale pink tones that have a cool chalky quality to keep your pastel tones contemporary.
22. "Keep materials natural - woods, linens and heavy knit textures mixed with clean lines in furniture pieces. Muted, neutral colours should form the base of your scheme with cheerful colour accents such as this year’s fresh greens and playful graphics being incorporated through accessories and lighting." Interior designer, Emma Hooton.
23. Play with proportion - bring a playful aspect to your Scandinavian scheme with pieces such as oversized floor lamps or giant clocks that bring a stylish surrealism.
24. Scandinavian decor lends itself particularly well to home office or study spaces owing to its clean lines, clutter free surfaces and excellent lighting.
25. Scandinavian design is characterised by instantly recognisable iconic shapes and silhouettes. This home office combines Verner Panton's Flowerpot Table Lamp with the contemporary Jaime Hayon Palette Desk and Catch Chair to create a look that packs a punch.
26. Wooden floors are the perfect foundations for a Scandic look but that doesn't mean they need to be left bare. Add a richly piled rug to warm up a room and introduce an additional texture to the space - natural materials such as wool or sheepskin are the perfect complements.
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27. "There's no doubt that the so-called Scandi style is utterly of the moment but when done properly, it is a timeless and classic look exemplified by clean lines and muted colours against a monochrome background, punctuated by natural wood. At its core is the idea that there are no unnecessary additions; everything is there for a reason and serves a purpose while looking beautiful. It is the perfect marriage of form and function," says Kate of Mad About the House.
"That is essentially Danish style. The Swedes bring in a little more colour and are a little more rustic but their colours are still natural - soft reds and navy blues with deep yellow accents or the Gustavian look of pale colours with gilded accents which came from the Royal Palace of Drottningholm. Norwegians combine the monochrome palette of Denmark with lots of natural wood and rustic shapes from Sweden to produce their own unique style - it's all about craftsmanship and function."
28. If going for a truly stripped back, minimal look isn't for you, look at ways that you can contain your curations instead. A styled ottoman tray or small console table will offer you the perfect contained area to showcase all your favourite pieces without allowing them spilling onto every surface.
29. "Choose simple, well designed furniture with plenty of storage for an uncluttered feel. Look for Mid Century designs in fabric prints and furniture mixed cool, contemporary flatweave rugs and wooden flooring form the perfect backdrop for this look in living areas," interior designer, Emma Hooton.
30. Furniture with a simple, architectural aesthetic is the epitome of Scandi style and the Skagerak Georg Console Table is perfect for introducing this iconic look. Add it to a hallway as a focal point or combine with the Georg Stool for an Urban take on the dressing table.
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31. From floor lamps to contemporary chandeliers, statement lighting is a key feature of Scandic styling. Scandinavian lighting combines iconic design with the finest quality materials to create stylish focal points that introduce an edge of modernity to your interior.
32. "Scandinavian people are extremely well acquainted with high end design and that is clear from the way they put together spaces. Designer pieces, both new and vintage finds, hold a special position to the interiors, whether it's a famous furniture piece, an exceptional pendant lamp or an eye-catching decorative accessory. It is more about choosing quality rather than quantity when it comes to Scandinavian style.” Eleni of My Paradissi.
33. "The Scandinavian home is about being not too cluttered and yet not too minimal - in other words lagom. Scandinavians are masters at decluttering and whittling down their homes to a few, treasured items. Invest in a few carefully selected, beautifully crafted pieces designed to stand the test of time - you'll see the beauty of every single piece more easily if there are fewer of them," says Niki of one of our favourite blogs, My Scandinavian Home.
34. Lighting should be kept warm and inviting to prevent pared back spaces from feeling stark or clinical which makes copper the perfect addition.
35. Contrasting materials, shapes and palettes can create a wonderful Mid Century Scandinavian flavour. The balance between the opulence of the rich velvet upholstery of the Gubi Grand Piano Sofa and the fine lines and industrial simplicity of the Grossman Grashoppa Floor Lamp is fabulously striking.
36. "Scandinavian style used to be all about white walls and simplicity but things are changing. Those classic white interiors are evolving to incorporate darker colours as the trend for bold paints really takes off. A darker background often provides more contrast to the classic Scandi furniture which is all about clean lines and silhouettes – think Eames dining chairs, Tulip tables or statement lighting, all of which are enhanced by using contrasting colours," Lottie of Oyster and Pearl.
37. "Scandinavian style may look effortless but don't be fooled. It takes a lot of restraint and a lot of careful editing to create an interior that looks cool and calming. Decoration is usually kept to an absolute minimum with no extra frills or flourishes. Handle-less cupboard doors, simple furniture designs and restrained colour palettes are key. And then, once you have pulled back to the minimum you can live with, add a few touches of luxury and comfort. A fur throw for chilly nights, a candle or two for atmosphere and some green plants for a touch of life," Carole King of Dear Designer.
38. Although Scandinavian style is classically contemporary, the signature Mid Century furniture shapes also work beautifully in properties with period features such as herringbone flooring, ornate cornicing and grand feature fireplaces. Blend these luxurious finishes with minimalist furniture and lighting designs for a stylish, juxtaposed scheme.
39. Although Scandinavian decor is classically stripped back, that doesn't mean that accessories aren't essential. Some of our favourite pieces to complete the look include marble decorative pieces, matt glazed ceramics and coffee table design books.
40. "I'm a big fan of Scandi design. Although mostly know for simplicity and clean lines - the Scandinavians are champions at creating warm and cosy havens. To do this, they use natural textures like hides, sheepskins and leather – I'm slowly creating the perfect little Nordic home by filling every room with tactile finishing touches. You can get the same effect with layers of fabrics, fleece throws, woollen rugs, faux fur and knitted cushions." Maxine of We Love Home.
41. "Brits often love the Scandi look in their homes but enjoy adding a pop or two of colour to make it their own. If you love Scandi design but want a ‘warmer’ finish try adding in a few soft furnishings or accessories in pale blues, soft pinks, greens or yellows to give your Scandi look a softer finish," Jen of Love Chic Living.
42. "If you’ve been meaning to add a touch of Scandinavian style to your home, this spring is the perfect time to invite it into your space. But instead of going for the traditional monochrome look, get a fresh take on the uber-trendy Scandi decor with some bright and beautiful palettes inspired by all those blooming flowers," Brit+Co.
43. Let your lighting scheme take centre stage with striking Mid Century designs from brands such as Gubi and Bestlite. Look to contrasting colours or metallic finishes to let your Scandinavian lighting do the talking.
44. “The key to creating a successful Scandi interior scheme is to keep the palette simple by using lots of fresh white and off-white tones. Introduce a pale pastel into the mix or use the occasional pop of black or midnight navy. Keep furniture simple, perhaps draw upon Mid Century inspired pieces and don’t forget to add texture and pattern into the mix - try faux fur throws and geometric patterns on cushions or rugs,” Alexandra Wilson Interiors.
45. "In terms of furniture, clean lines are it. Sofas, tables, and chairs embrace mid century modern tendencies with smooth rounded edges and natural hues. Scandinavian design also prides itself on innovative and functional design when decorating interiors," Decorilla.
46. "After creating a Nordic blank canvas (white washed walls, muted tones, wooden floors) give your space character by mismatching furniture and adding colourful accessories. Scandi design loves bold prints and lively textiles so don’t be afraid to go for that geometric rug or colour-popping scatter cushions," Hannah Burke of OH London.
47. "The Scandi style is so timeless and so easily achievable. Think white, wood, the odd pop of colour, and lots and lots of texture to stop your home from feeling too stark. You're looking for pieces which are functional but well-designed so not only do they have a purpose, they look good too," Rachel of The Ordinary Lovely.
48. Minimalist yet oversized and playful, the Normann Copenhagen Swell Sofa embodies the classic Scandic design principles by combining a flawlessly stylish form with complete comfort.
49. If a simple scheme of grey, black and white leaves you cold, consider a palette that combines several shades of the same colour as a bold monochrome alternative.
50. Light is such an important component of Scandic decor owing to the many hours of darkness in Scandinavian countries during the winter months. A large mirror placed opposite the windows will help to bounce the light around the space.
51. Be inspired by black and white. This simple colour scheme makes it possible to be more adventurous with other aspects of the decor such as furniture shapes and lighting. For a Scandinavian design idea that will never date, paint the walls and woodwork in the same white finish and add sculptural beauty through furniture.