Living room by von Mann Architektur GmbH

11 things we learned from Scandinavian interior design

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Say what you will about Scandinavian culture, but never doubt the Nordic ability to innovate and design in a way that produces timelessly chic and effortlessly cool results. Scandinavian interior design is one of the finest. It is refined, practical and simple – utilising a ‘less is more’ approach that manages to traverse the gap between comfort and minimalism.

Dedicated to producing homes that are welcoming, warm and hospitable, Scandinavian design manages to offer beauty, serenity and functionality, without foregoing harmony or uncomplicated aesthetics.

We often look to the Scandinavians to inspire our homes, and today we’re paying homage to this powerful and enduring style by looking at 11 of the most important things we’ve learned from our Northern Hemisphere-situated brothers and sisters.

1. Timber tones and white hues are a match made in heaven

 Bedroom by 시더스디자인그룹

6534 라플란드 내추럴 모던 원목 침대


These two really are a perfect married couple. Timber tones of all shades looks effortlessly chic when paired with fresh white hues, and work within virtually any interior space. If there is one thing we’ve learnt from Nordic design, it’s that these two colours are simply meant to be!

2. Paring-back your décor is everything

 Bathroom by Sensearchitects Limited

When you decide to decorate and design your interior, try not to go overboard. Less really is more in Scandinavian homes – and this well-held truth translates throughout each and every room. Choose your pieces with care and consideration, and always keep the bigger picture in mind.

3. You don’t need to be afraid to be eclectic

All that being said, Scandinavian interiors certainly aren’t boring. Impart a sense of your personality through interesting pieces of well-constructed furniture, eclectic objet d’art and gorgeous accessories.

4. Comfort is important

Scandinavian interiors are based on a few key truths – spaces should be practical, furniture well made and living areas usable. If you’re room isn’t comfortable, you aren’t designing it right!

5. Colour is okay!

Nordic interiors might be dominated with white hues and light fresh tones, but that doesn’t mean colour doesn’t also play an important role. Don’t be afraid to add bursts of your favourite shade.

6. Your space should be functional, open and well ventilated

Rooms and home layouts should work in a cohesive and practical manner. Look at the position of your furniture and remember to ventilate rooms often.

7. Clutter should be minimised

 Living room by Elfa Deutschland GmbH
Elfa Deutschland GmbH

Skandinavische Leichtigkeit im Wohnzimmer

Elfa Deutschland GmbH

Clutter is not a desirable trait for any interior space, but particularly in Scandinavian design where liveability, order and organisation are favoured.

8. Storage is essential

 Kitchen by Elfa Deutschland GmbH
Elfa Deutschland GmbH

Eine geschmackvolle Küche

Elfa Deutschland GmbH

Further to the aforementioned point, to reduce your clutter you need to implement sufficient storage. Look at adding cupboards and furniture that helps you organise your spaces, along with reorganising and ordering anything existing.

9. It works particularly well in small spaces

 Kitchen by Baltic Design Shop
Baltic Design Shop

Minimalistische Eck-Küche

Baltic Design Shop

Scandinavian interiors aren’t simply for lavishly large apartments and opulent villas – this design works particularly well in small and compact homes too!

10. Plush textiles are essential

 Bedroom by ARKITURA GmbH



Throw rugs, cushions, upholstered seating, and tufted furniture are all part of creating a comfortable space to live. Add these items if you want your home to exude ‘comfy Scandinavian chic’.

11. Luxury goes hand-in-hand with practicality

It’s all well and good to feel luxurious in your home, but Scandinavian design also places a high importance on practicality. Blend these two essential traits together to ensure your domestic setup is both liveable and lavish.

If you’d like more Scandinavian interior inspo – check out: Cool Scandinavian Interiors: get the look!

What do you love (or loathe) about Scandinavian-inspired design?
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