How to Decorate Scandinavian Style
Scandinavian style is a popular interior design trend that has been around for decades. It is characterized by its minimalistic, clean lines, and natural materials. This style is perfect for those who want to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in their home. Here are some tips and ideas for decorating your home in a Scandinavian style.
Choose Neutral Colors
When it comes to Scandinavian style, neutral colors are key. Choose colors like white, gray, beige, and black to create a calming and inviting atmosphere. You can also add a few pops of color with accent pieces like pillows, rugs, and artwork.
Incorporate Natural Materials
Natural materials are essential for creating a Scandinavian style. Wood is a popular choice for furniture and flooring, as it adds warmth and texture to the space. You can also incorporate natural materials like wool, cotton, and linen into your decor.
Textures are an important part of Scandinavian style. Incorporate different textures into your decor with items like rugs, throws, and pillows. This will add visual interest to the space and make it feel more inviting.
Adding greenery to your home is a great way to bring the outdoors in. Choose plants that are easy to care for and will thrive in your home. Place them in areas where they will get plenty of natural light.
Incorporate Minimalist Furniture
When it comes to furniture, less is more. Choose pieces that are simple and minimalistic. This will help to create a clean and uncluttered look.
Lighting is an important part of Scandinavian style. Choose lighting fixtures that are simple and modern. You can also add candles and lamps to create a cozy atmosphere.
Artwork is a great way to add personality to your home. Choose pieces that are simple and minimalistic. This will help to create a cohesive look.
What colors are used in Scandinavian style?
The colors used in Scandinavian style are typically neutral colors like white, gray, beige, and black.
What materials are used in Scandinavian style?
Natural materials like wood, wool, cotton, and linen are often used in Scandinavian style.
What type of furniture is used in Scandinavian style?
Furniture that is simple and minimalistic is typically used in Scandinavian style.
What type of lighting is used in Scandinavian style?
Lighting fixtures that are simple and modern are often used in Scandinavian style. Candles and lamps can also be used to create a cozy atmosphere.
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Oh my, where's that shiny blonde hair?
New to your channel. WOW! Love this. I recently started doing "the Swedish Death Cleaning". I don't plan on departing this life soon. As Margraette states, I am somewhere between 60 and 80 years old, but am enjoying gifting my possessions to others and turning to minimalism. In the process my home started to look Scandi. I, too, have enjoyed going to IKEA to look at their designs, but I didn't think I could achieve this look as all of my possessions were overstuffed and oak. But after listening to you today, I feel that it is possible to lighten and brighten even with what I have. The "Hygge" concept is the most important to me. Even though I am older, I plan on living in the warmth of home, family and comfort. Removing the the extra "skrap" 🇸🇪 , stuff 🇺🇲 , opening the window coverings, simplifying the decor, neutralizing colors, and natural textures, can make my home very SCANDISH. Thanks 👍
I disagree totally that Scandi style involves bright colours like sage, bright yellow, moody blue etc. When I looked at the reference photos with sage, topes etc., it felt like another style already. Not Scandi! Scandi is white and black. With some light wood tones. Well… red and yellow added during seasonal festivities (like Christmas and Easter).
Just discovered your videos and love them! I've never commented on youtube before- that's how much I enjoy your work! lol
Omg I’m literally snuggling my Yorkie as I watched all of this and was surprised at the end. 😊 My goal for my new house is modern minimalism with Scandinavian influence and after watching this, I’m thrilled that it’s actually more Scandinavian than anything else. Love love this design style and love the idea of our own art. Thanks for such a great video!!
The Eames lounge chair shown is not Scandinavian per se but inspired by the style. Also I’m pretty sure Danish design was introduced to a wider audience in the 40s, 50s and 60s of last century through the work of pioneers like Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner etc. IKEA only spread to Europe and other continents in the 70s and 80s.
Hi, in the recent video about design myths you’ve told that white walls didn’t look great when there was not enough light. Could you make an update video on scandi style with respect to this information?
Did you ever do a video on making your own abstract art? Would love to see that! Thanks!
Where can I buy the art shown at 0:13 ?
Hello from Denmark. 👋 White washed wood ceilings is very commonly used in homes.
What about if I want to create HIGGE but I live in the tropics??? 40 degrees Celsius and 100 % humidity…. Is it possible to create coziness ? 😢😅😊
I just now realized that this is the design style I have been trying to go for.
Hi! Loved the video. I’ve always been drawn to the Scandi style of decorating. It started in my childhood as my best friend’s mother was from Denmark. She had furniture and things she had brought from her home country to the USA. This was way before IKEA ever existed. I had another friend in high school who’s mother and father were from Sweden so their home was similarly done in Scandi style. I went through several different stages while decorating different homes but I recently started to be very drawn to Scandi again. My house is a Dutch colonial built in 1924 so in a little over a year it will be a hundred years old! It has some beautiful dark wood features throughout the downstairs area but some of it has been painted over. I’m not convinced that painting over the dark railing to upstairs and the inside of the front door, dark should be painted because it looks very cozy, it goes well with the oak floors (with dark wood insets) and the fieldstone fireplace, which I’ve heard jetty rocks were used to create it. I’m not certain that painting my walls white would do that all justice. I was thinking more of an ivory or light beige on the living room walls. I have some antique furniture (dark wood) and also like the industrial look. Can a Scandi look be combined with antiques and some industrial light fixtures? Can I mix the dark with some light wood furniture? It would not be a full on Scandinavian style but I’m okay with that. I really like the idea of using items made with natural elements, cozy lighting effects with dimmers, etc. One last thing (I know this is a lot lol), I do live near the beach and incorporate some simple but pretty beach items from nature such as coral, shells, etc. I will be buying new furniture for the living room once I decide on my overall look I want. What do you suggest? Is an ivory or light beige wall okay with what I’ve described (it’s a deep red now)? What type of chair and loveseat or couch, oversized chair would go with that? Thanks in advance for any insight.
I am doing my interior design now. Would like to ask one question, is it possible to combine the brick wall in the scandi style?
I like the structure and clarity of the video. It’s practical, useful, clear and to the point. Please keep doing them ❤
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no arms or back-just pillows -circa 1950-can be used as bed in a pinchDoris Day used them in her movies in an L shaped .
Thnku so mch for sch relaxed n detailed vdo on this style🤩..
Didn't know this was d style I was most drawn to😍..
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This video was kind of eye opening to me! Thank you for making me appreciate the interior style of my home region. The pictures you showed and how you described it is spot on ! I always felt I wanted to try a more American or British style, but now when I analyze my style after this video, what I have really is very much a scandi style with my love for my light hardwood floors, white walls and furniture, black accents and then paired with like muted pinks and purples to bring in some accent color. Maybe one thing more North American that I bring with me from when I lived in the US is large faux flower pieces, love for more extreme seasonal decor so to speak haha ( esp the Halloween and fall craze). Also what is lacking here in Sweden is the electrical scented wax warmers ! They are not available here and with my sensitive lungs I can’t tolerate much of burning candles (I love the look of it though), so the electrical wax warmers are the best for making my home smell nice !
My favourite style 😇
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Is the preferred white a warm white or a brilliant white?
Hi, can you please write the black round sconces name or brand we see in the first image in this video? Lovely,🖤🖤🖤
What color is that pink paint at 6:53 mins?
I saw home of Benita Narsson😃
Vivian, you have forgotten the Scandinavian law of Jante. That explains Scandinavian design and IKEA better than hygge. It is used generally in colloquial speech in the Nordic countries as a sociological term to denote a social attitude of disapproval towards expressions of individuality and personal success. This translates into a distaste for the ostentatious and praise for simple clean functional and egalitarian design.
There are ten rules in the law as defined by the Scandinavian author, Sandemose, in his famous 1930s novel, all variations of the basic theme: “You are not to think you're anyone special, or that you're better than anybody else.” In short, you are to act humble.
The ten rules state:
You're not to think you are anything special.
You're not to think you are as good as anybody else.
You're not to think you are smarter than anybody else.
You're not to imagine yourself better than anybody else.
You're not to think you know more than anybody else.
You're not to think you are more important than anybody else.
You're not to think you are good at anything.
You're not to laugh at anybody else.
You're not to think anyone cares about you.
You're not to think you can teach anybody anything.
I lived in Denmark for a number of years. Here is how I learned the Jante law. I once casually remarked that I was “a pretty good skier.” I meant a good back country and down hill skier, NOT a good cross country skier. While I did not mean for my words to be a boast, it was taken to be such by my Danish colleagues. One Greenlander remarked that if I was “a pretty good skier” that I should enter the upcoming Greenland Arctic Circle cross country skiing race, a grueling 160 km in Sisimiut, Greenland and renown as the world’s most challenging race of its kind. Not one to back down or lose face easily, I accepted. While I did not win the race, I did finish it … barely. That humbling experience of competing with the world’s best cross-country skiers, most of which are Scandinavian or Greenlandish, and most of which were taught to ski as toddlers as soon as they could stand, taught me the essence of what is meant by “Jante.” Only then did I begin to understand the Scandinavian mindset. While most Scandinavians are quite accomplished at what they do, none would dare to boast or brag about their achievements.
Very interesting! Could you do me a favor and kiss your dog on the head a hundred times??
Yes on that abstract tutorial.