Scandinavian Design - How to achieve the look

If simplicity, functionality, and minimalism are your jam, then you’re going to love the Scandinavian design style. It’s all about clean lines, natural materials, and cozy vibes. In this post, I’ll show you how to achieve that effortlessly chic Scandinavian look in your own home.

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Scandinavian Design - How to achieve the look

Hi, I’m Nadine

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I’m originally from Germany but have been living abroad for over 10 years, from Canada and the UK to Sweden.

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Incorporate natural elements

The name obviously gives it away: Scandi comes from Scandinavia, so Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland (technically also Iceland if you want to be geographically picky).

It’s born from simplicity, functionality and using nature as inspiration.

Because of the many natural resources available in those countries it’s no surprise that a lot of the elements used in Scandinavian design are wood, cotton, wool and other natural materials.

Scandinavian design celebrates the beauty of wood, so choose furniture pieces made from birch, pine, oak or walnut. Wooden floors can add warmth to your space. Additionally, introduce organic textures like jute rugs, woven baskets, or linen fabrics. These natural elements create a harmonious connection with the outdoors, making your home feel cozy and inviting.

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    Embrace neutral colours

    Many people think Scandinavian design is all about light, bright and airy. But that’s not entirely true.
    There are dark, moody and cosy interiors that are equally Scandinavian inspired.

    The main thing to remember is that a neutral base is key because it allows you to go in any direction colour-wise.

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    A neutral base means you can change the look of your home whenever you want.

    Paint your walls in crisp white or soft pastel shades like pale blues and light greys. This instantly creates a feeling of openness and tranquility.

    Emphasize natural light by keeping your windows uncluttered and using sheer curtains or blinds that allow sunlight to filter through.

    When it comes to furniture and accessories, opt for neutral colours like beige, cream, or warm wood tones to maintain that clean and cohesive Scandinavian aesthetic.

    Learn how to create a cohesive Scandi colour palette with my colour guide.

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    Focus on functionality

    Scandinavian design is famous for its emphasis on functionality. The furniture and accessories you choose should be both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

    Look for pieces with clean lines and minimalist designs.
    Invest in multifunctional furniture like storage ottomans or coffee tables with built-in compartments.

    This way, you can keep your space organized while still maintaining a stylish look.

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    Remember, less is more in Scandinavian design, so keep your decor simple and purposeful.

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    Add warmth with textiles

    Textiles are a great way to add warmth and coziness to any space.

    Layer soft blankets and throws on your sofas and chairs. Choose natural materials like wool or sheepskin to enhance the tactile experience.

    Place textured cushions in complementary colours to add visual interest.

    Not only do these textiles provide warmth, but they also create a sense of comfort and hygge, a Danish concept meaning coziness and contentment.

    Mixing patterns and textures creates a layered look while maintaining the Scandinavian simplicity.

    Emphasize minimalism and declutter

    One of the key principles of Scandinavian design is minimalism. Keep your space clutter-free by embracing a “less is more” approach.

    Declutter your shelves and surfaces, and only display items that hold meaning or have a purpose.
    Invest in clever storage solutions to keep your belongings hidden yet easily accessible.

    By eliminating excess stuff, you’ll create an atmosphere of serenity and allow your carefully chosen design elements to shine.

    Scandinavian design is a breath of fresh air in the world of interior design. Its simplicity, functionality, and focus on natural elements make it an inviting style for any home.
    By incorporating neutral colours, embracing natural materials, prioritizing functionality, adding warmth with textiles, and emphasizing minimalism, you can effortlessly achieve the Scandinavian look.

    Thanks for reading!

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    Take care, Nadine

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