I’ve been renovating our home for the past six months and I’m moving towards creating a Scandinavian home decor style. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication’ and when it comes to interior design, the Scandi interior design vibe embodies this beautifully.
I know a lot of people can feel overwhelmed with home decor and putting everything together in one cohesive style. So today, I’m sharing the best 5 Scandinavian home decor style tips that anyone can follow to completely overhaul your home, or just inject a Scandi vibe through some very simple updates. Achieving chic Nordic design truly is easier than you think!
What interior design vibe does your home have? If you could have any look and feel, what would you choose? Leave a comment below and let me know! Oh and I’d love to hear what color you love most for walls? I definitely adore crisp whites and grey shades that are so popular in Swedish interior design, I find myself drawn to cool paint undertones.
Best 5 Scandinavian Home Decor Style Tips
1. White Walls
One aspect synonymous with Scandinavian home decor is absolutely white walls. The idea behind it is that in Nordic countries, the days are short and winters are long, so the amount of natural light that enters a home can be limited. Crisp white walls have a high LRV (Light Reflectance Value), which means they reflect light (unlike dark walls that absorb light). White painted walls therefore bounce light around the room far more effectively and as a result, make a space feel fresh and bright. White also makes a space feel larger, so if you live in an apartment, it’s a brilliant way to optimize your space.
As someone who’s been gazing at paint samples like a mad woman for six months, trust me when I say say, if you believe painting the walls white is an easy way out… think again. There are infinite options when it comes to white paint, you’ll find cool shades and warm shades, but my favorite is definitely the rare shades that don’t seem to throw a strong undertone – they aren’t overly cool (blue or black undertones) or warm (red or brown undertones).
2. Warm Wood
A big part of Scandinavian decor is keeping things natural and organic. Plastic, gloss and highly manufactured finishes items aren’t what the Scandi vibe is amount. Opt for accents that evoke nature and a raw, real feel. Incorporate wood into the interior design is a brilliant way to achieve this.
With all the strong white walls, adding wood stops the space feeling too clinical or cold – natural wood is warm and inviting. You can do this through floor boards, fabulous accent tables, chairs and shelving. It’s easier than you think!
3. Textured Layers
Don’t let the clean, minimal aesthetic fool you, there’s nothing boring about Scandinavian home decor. The key to creating an interesting space is layering texture throughout. This is as simple as adding fur or chunky wool throws, leather accents, sheepskin rugs or linen sheets and cushions. Stick to the organic vibe by choosing natural materials and soft, neutral tones.
One of the key aspect to perfectly executing Scandi decor is plants! Further reinforcing the very earthy, natural feel of this design style, adding a splash of green looks stunning against the dominant white and grey color palette. Do some research at your local nursery to find the best plants for your light and climate, as it’s important to find indoor plants that will suit (and survive in) your particular space.
This is what makes magic! We’ve all walked into a beautiful candle-lit space and thought wow, this is special. Lighting plays an enormous part in the way a space feels and it’s crucial to create a warm, welcoming home environment that people feel relaxed and comfortable in. The Danish are famous for the concept of Hygge, which is used to acknowledge a feeling or moment that is cozy, charming or special. It’s about creating and enjoying simple pleasures in your daily life.
One of the most popular ways to bring Hygge into your home is through candles and soft lighting. Hosting a dinner party with harsh bright lights isn’t cute… so opt for a gorgeous pendant light above your dining table. Add lamps to your bedroom and scatter candles throughout your lounge area. A lot of Scandinavian homes don’t use harsh ceiling lights, instead they illuminate their houses at night through lamps and candles, which creates a soft and calming atmosphere for family and friends to relax and unwind.
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