10 Best Tips for Creating Beautiful Scandinavian Interior Design
Photo from a recent Decorilla client visit to one of the best Scandinavian design capitals, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Scandinavian living room design by Decorilla Designer, Kate S.
The style of Scandinavian interior design and hygge decor has swept the world over with a distinct look hailed in our favorite design magazines and blogs. With a focus on simplicity, minimalism and functionality, this design movement which emerged in the 1950s has added an appreciation for craftsmanship and understated elegance in homes.
Photo from a recent Decorilla client visit to one of the best Scandinavian design capitals, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Contributing to the idea of inviting as much light in as possible, Scandinavian spaces tend to leave their windows bare of coverings. If used, light fabrics like linen and sheer are preferred. At night, the glow of illuminated windows in buildings looks like a beautiful postcard.
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. A trend towards multileveled and sized wall shelving speaks to the need for being space savvy through practical storage and visual interest. Danish company, Montana, offers customizable cabinetry with an incredible selection of color.
There is definitely a color palette associated with Scandinavian designs. Whites, grays, blacks and browns are often interwoven creating a clean and calming look. Designers have also introduced other pop colors like dusty pinks and rich sea greens for added accents. In typical Scandinavian spaces, walls are kept white allowing for furniture and art to captivate.
Scandinavian interior design accents by Decorilla designer, Eleni P.
Scandinavian design uses wood not only in their flooring but also decoratively in furniture such as dining and coffee tables. There is also a popular trend of brining in metallic finishes in lighting and accent pieces. Copper and brass pendants and sconces are a way of adding shine to a room.
Here are 10 of the key features that identify Scandinavian interior design and make it one of the most popular styles out there
A recent Decorilla Design client visit to one of the best Scandinavian design capitals, Copenhagen, Denmark, confirms the wild attraction for this style’s elements.
In cold climate countries, it’s not surprising that part of the decor comes in the form of warming textiles like sheep skins, wool or mohair throws and soft cotton. Not only do they provide a feeling of warmth and coziness, but they also add another layer of texture to a space.
Using these top 10 elements as a guide, you too can create a space that incorporates the simplicity, utility and beauty of Scandinavian interior design. Decorilla affordable interior designers can use this style to create beautiful and comfortable spaces and show you how your place can look in this style too!
Wall-to-wall carpeting does not happen in Scandinavian design. Flooring traditionally is hard-wood, often left in it’s natural color or painted white. This contributes to expanding the space and inviting in more light. Residential bathrooms often have heated tiles for a warm underfoot during the winter season.
With as little as seven daylight hours in winter months, the way lighting is used in design is paramount to typical Scandinavian interior design. It is a life source. Interiors have several types of lighting for adequate and mood building illumination. Usually modern teetering on industrial in style, these vary from pendants like this iconic Danish Design pendant lamp from Louis Weisdorf to wall sconces. Candle light is also a must, adding a touch of whimsy and glow to a space. Cafes have votives at all hours, while residences keep candelabras lit on dining tables and window sills.
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Scandinavian dining room design by Decorilla Designer, Roberto D.
Decorative accents in Scandinavian design are simple in style. Elegant ceramic vases like these Kähler Botanica Miniature Vases and pillows with geometric patterns like these Normann Copenhagen cushions add subtle color and texture to a home.
It is important to have living elements of color and beauty in Scandinavian interior design. “Fresh flowers are not a luxury, they’re a necessity”, shared a Copenhagen native. This is commonly apparent with sidewalk florists selling tulips of every color, arranged bouquets, succulents and more!
Clean Scandinavian interior design by Decorilla designer, Eleni P.
Here’s a quick guide with our top tips for creating Scandinavian interior design in your own home. By the end of this post, you’ll know exactly how to infuse a space with the clever functionality and pleasing aesthetics of Scandinavian interiors!
Scandinavian Living Room Design by Decorilla Designer, Eleni P.
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1. No Wall To Wall Carpets Carpet has never been a popular thing in Scandinavian style. Instead, wood flooring is often used throughout homes and is sometimes softened with rugs or sheepskins. Designed by Norm.
Architects. Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen 2. Light, Muted Colors Because the winters are so long and dark, Scandinavian interiors are typically painted white to help keep spaces bright. When colors are used they’re kept soft and understated to keep the entire space feeling cohesive, uniform, and bright.
Designed by SHIALICE. Photography by Monica Wang Photography. 3. Wood Whether it’s on the floor, on the walls, used to make cupboards or toys, Scandinavian design includes a lot of wood. But not just any wood will do.
In keeping with their light theme, the woods used in Scandinavian design are usually light woods, like beech, ash, and pine. Designed by Clare Cousins Architects. Photography by Lisbeth Grosmann. 4. Clean Lines There isn’t a lot of ornate or excessive detailing found in Scandinavian design.
Modern, clean lined, solid pieces are much more common, and are a defining feature of the Scandinavian design style. Styling and photography by Riikka Kantinkosko for Finnish Design Shop. 5. Decluttered Spaces Traditionally, many Scandinavian homes were very small and didn’t allow for excessive amounts of stuff.
While homes are being built larger now and there’s more room for things, the idea of keeping a space free of clutter and mess has remained an important aspect of Scandinavian design. Designed by Coco Lapine Design.
Designed by Coco Lapine Design. 6. Simple Accents Related to keeping a space clutter free is the idea of owning less to begin with. Decor is kept to a minimum in Scandinavian design. Bare walls and empty spaces are not shied away from.
Interior design and photography by Nina Holst of Stylizimo. Melo Studio styling by Pella Hedeby. Photography by Sara Medina Lind. 7. Simple Toys Again, Scandinavians like to keep things simple and practical.
Wooden toys and tents made from dowels and fabric often fill Scandinavian style playrooms. Large wooden blocks by happy little folks Kids Play Tent Teepee by Sarah Jagger of Domestic Objects Handmade.
8. Maximize Natural Light Because it’s dark so much of the year in Scandinavian countries, natural light is an important thing to try and maximize. If any window treatments are used at all, sheer or translucent ones are favored to let in as much light as possible.
Design and photography by Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle Styled by Asa Copparstad for Fantastic Frank. Photography by Anna Malmberg. 9. Greenery To help brighten up spaces and to bring in some life, plants are found in plenty of Scandinavian homes.
Summer cabin by Time of the Aquarius. 10. Cozy Textiles Scandinavian design may not use a ton of blankets or pillows to decorate, but the ones that do get included are sure to double as both a functional and cozy provider of warmth, as well as a stylish way to add texture when it’s not being used.
Arm knitted blankets by Ohhio. Photography by Andrey Bezuglov. Get the contemporist daily email newsletter – sign up here
One of the truest characteristics of Scandinavian interior design is making sure spaces are well used and limited in unnecessary clutter. Storage is wisely implemented in the form of cabinets and shelving. Decor is intentional with a “less is more” mantra, keeping spaces looking clean and visually relaxing.