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13 Tips to Incorporate Scandinavian Design into Your Home

Scandinavian Design
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Whether it’s croissants from Paris, wine from Tuscany, or accents from British men, Europe knows a thing or two about how to live.

So it’s no surprise that their home decorating style is the latest trend in interior design. The brilliant minds of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland have taught us that a little can go a long way. Emerging in the 1950s, Scandinavian design began capturing the essence of simplicity, minimalism, and functionality in their homes and has since perfected home décor.

Although it might seem impractical at first (i.e. white surfaces and messy babies don’t mix), we can all take a few tips from the Scandinavians to simplify our homes.

Check out these 13 ways to incorporate Scandinavian design into your décor:

1. Start with a Blank Canvas

Image Source: Nordic Design
Image Source: Mikkel Adsbol

One of the staples to achieving Scandinavian-inspired décor are white walls — simple but bold. (via Nordic Design)

2. A Splash of Color

Image Source: Sirlig
Image Source: Sirlig

While they may keep their walls white, that doesn’t mean their rooms lack color. Pops of color can often be found in wall décor, furniture, or accessories. (via Sirlig)

3. Let There Be Light

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Image Source: Helt Enkelt

Scandinavian architecture often takes advantage of natural lighting. Most apartments in northern Europe will have big, open windows to brighten up the space. If you have large windows, don’t cover them up, take advantage of the natural light that they bring! (via Helt Enkelt)

4. Get Graphical

Image Source: The Design Chaser
Image Source: The Design Chaser

When it comes to decorating, most of the wall décor tends tend to be graphic images. Why not try a black and white swirl on your gallery wall? (via The Design Chaser)

5. Just My Type

Image Source: Julie Hole/Instagram
Image Source: Julie Hole/Instagram

Along with graphics, Scandinavians are also drawn to typography. We love the stylish look of the Andy Warhol quotes in this room. (via Julie Hole)

6. Stripes on Stripes on Stripes

Image Source: Stylizimo
Image Source: Stylizimo

From zigzags to checkers and plus signs to stripes, this room is filled with different patterns. All so different, but go together just the same. (via Stylizimo)

7. Act Natural

Image Source: Binti Home
Image Source: Binti Home

In addition to incorporating natural light, Scandinavian style will also connect the indoors with the outdoors. Greenery is a big part in adding a homey touch to a simple design. (via Binti Home)

8. Knock on Wood

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Image Source: Helt Enkelt

The Swedes like their wood, and they’re not afraid to show it. From walls to floors to furniture, the textured material adds warmth to any room. (via Helt Enkelt)

9. Wood + White

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Image Source: Holly Becker for Decor8

Wall-to-wall carpets beware: you will not find a home in Denmark. The floors in Scandinavian design are usually made of wood and are preferably light in all rooms except the bathroom. (via decor8)

10. Textures for Days

Image Source: Stylizimo
Image Source: Stylizimo

Scandinavians love to mix and match textures. In this living room, we have everything from a wood ceiling to a braided rug. And faux fur? No problem. (via Stylizimo) 

11. Geometric Shapes

Image Source: Binti Home
Image Source: Binti Home

Those living in northern Europe tend to add geometric shapes to their décor — from circular seat cushions to hexagon-shaped wall art. Who knew 7th grade math could look so good? (via Binti Home)

12. Keep it Simple

Image Source: Anders Bergstedt
Image Source: Anders Bergstedt

Not big on clutter and chachkies, Scandinavian design usually consists of few accessories. (via Anders Bergstedt)

13. Live and Let Live

Image Source: Joakim Johanson for Fantastic Frank
Image Source: Joakim Johanson for Fantastic Frank

Minimalists at heart, it’s no surprise that the functionality of Scandinavian homes has a basic purpose — to live. Their designs are meant to be open, simple, and very livable. (via Fantastic Frank)

Article Posted 2 years Ago

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