With a clear focus on simplicity, functionality and beauty, the Scandinavian design movement came onto the scene in the 1950’s and blends styles from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The results are spaces filled with light, heavily maximising natural elements, neutral colour palettes, and clean lines.

Here’s my handy guide and top tips for creating Scandinavian design in your own home.

Neutral Colours

There is an obvious colour palette associated with Scandinavian design. White, grey, black and brown are often combined to create a clean and calming look. However, don’t be afraid to also introduce other pops of colour like dusty pinks and sea greens for added accents. In typical Scandinavian spaces, walls are kept white, allowing for furniture and art to do the talking.

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Clutter Free

One of the strongest characteristics of Scandinavian design is making sure space is well used and limited in unnecessary clutter. Storage is used in the form of cabinets and shelving. Decor comes with a “less is more” approach, keeping spaces looking clean and visually relaxing.

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Textiles

In countries typically associated with a colder climate, it’s not surprising that warming textiles like sheep skins, wool or mohair throws are added around the home. Not only do they provide a feeling of warmth and comfort, but they also add layers of texture to a space.

Wall Art

Whether it’s typography pieces, black and white photography or graphic artwork in subtle tones, wall art is a staple when it comes to Scandinavian design. Lean artwork against a wall, on a picture shelf or go all out and create a gallery wall, there’s no right or wrong way of doing it, so let your imagination run wild here.

Wood & Metal

Scandinavian design not only uses wood in their flooring but also decoratively in furniture such as dining, coffee and bedside tables. Bringing in metallic features such as copper and brass pendants and accessories are a way of adding a touch of shine to any room.

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Lighting

With an average of just seven daylight hours in winter months, lighting is key to typical Scandinavian design. Homes will have several types of lighting, usually modern and verging on industrial in style, and vary from pendants to wall sconces. Candle light is also important, adding a dreamy glow to any space.

Light Flooring

Excessive use of carpet doesn’t happen in Scandinavian design. Instead, flooring is traditionally hard-wood, often left in it’s natural colour or even painted white. This adds to the illusion of space and overall makes the room feel more airy and spacious.

The above isn’t a definite list but hopefully these tips will help you on your way to achieving your desired Scandinavian look.