With its simple yet striking aesthetics, there’s no wonder why many homeowners from all over the world fell for Scandinavian interiors. It celebrates clean lines, organic textures, and minimal shapes.
Best of all? The products and pieces of furniture aligned with this design are affordable. People loved and embraced Scandinavian or Nordic design because it helps you achieve stylish, warm, relaxed, and welcoming interiors in an economical and practical way.
If you aim the balance of beauty and functionality at home, the Scandinavian design might work for you. Here’s a quick guide on how to achieve this home design that home improvement magazines and websites can’t get enough of:
Think of homey and snuggly
When you step inside a contemporary Scandinavian home, it should greet you with a sweet Välkommen! (Swedish for the word welcome). The pale neutrals and clean lines make it easy to the eye. Think of homey and snuggly things—wooden floors, enough dose of natural light, comfy sofa, fuzzy rug and more. It all boils down to merging different textures, materials, and elements in a room to get some warmth.
Keep in mind that the scandinavian design is not limited to white and bright interiors. It can be dark or colourful too. Designers use a lot of grey and pastel colours in the design in order to get that look. This one is a dark, scandinavian bathroom:
Play with shades of grey and clean white
The Nordic style is not all-white. Most of the time, it follows a monochromatic palette where designers layer different, related colours to achieve the best look of the space.
The most popular colour combinations used is the white-grey-black palette because it’s easier to find pieces of furniture and decor of this colour. It’s suitable for homeowners who get anxious on bright, colourful, and busy patterns in the design. Since this is a neutral palette, you’re free to use accent colours which can liven up your interiors. Just keep it to a minimum like this:
Don’t seek too much attention
When you choose the Scandinavian style at home, you also embrace a part of their culture. Unlike other countries, people of Denmark don’t outdo their interior design to stand out from their friends and neighbours. They prefer blending in the crowd—as you can see, they fancy wearing the same styles of clothes!
Scandinavian design is strong because it is the attitude of the people reflected to practice. It will be hard to employ this in your home if the owner can’t commit to the basics.
Incorporate nature in the design
The origin of Scandinavian design are countries with great, breathtaking views of nature. You can’t blame them if they want to bring nature into their homes. It’s always great to see something worthwhile from your windows—from the uncrowded streets to calming forest, mountains, and skies. If you have huge windows with a good view, you can experiment with Nordic interior design.
Wooden elements are also rampant in Scandinavian interiors. It’s the main element which keeps the space warm and inviting amidst the dominant cool tones. For decorations, use plants with a dominant green colour.
Set-up a working mudroom
The best place to put a shoe rack is in the entryway. Even if you don’t have a hallway entrance at home, you can still manage your own mudroom. This is where you and your family will remove their shoes and change into comfortable slippers.
During the winter season, Nordics remove their outdoor shoes at the door. Some residences even have a no-shoes-in-the-house policy all year round. I personally vouch for using a different footwear indoors to maintain cleanliness inside your house.
Create an area where you can sit and pause
In Scandinavian homes, there should be a spot where you can go to take a break. This spot is for fika, the Swedish term for a coffee break.
You can spend your fika anywhere—living area, dining room, kitchen, patio, veranda, etc. Also, this activity doesn’t always involve eating a snack or drinking coffee or tea. It’s a time to pause from work: a reward for yourself after hours of doing chores or working in your home office. You can spend this time alone or with your family.
More than its appeal, Scandinavian style teaches us how our homes should be. It should be a place with a warm, comfortable vibe where you can enjoy good things in life with the people who matter to you. It’s beautiful design with a purpose.