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9 Scandinavian Design Trends You’ll Love at Home

Scandinavian design can be a compelling option for your home. Image: BoConcept.

Minimalism has taken off. With the new movement toward functionality, small space living, and keeping things decluttered, it’s not surprising we’re looking further north for our design trends. 

Scandinavian design is all about function, style, and minimalist decor. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be both fun and beautiful! Take a look at these great Scandinavian design trends that are taking off in this part of the world.

[1] Grey Walls

White walls are common in Scandinavian designs, for their ability to reflect what little light is available in the summer months, It can also a bit too monochromatic for our tastes. Instead, try a nice grey. Greys come in different shades, so you can feel free to show off a little more personality. Another option is a grey accent wall usedin a white room. 

[2] Whimsical Lighting

Experimenting with lighting can impact your home in a big way, and beautiful paper lanterns offer a whimsical, ethereal look to even the most monochromatic rooms. Get playful and fun by hanging the lanterns at different heights to create an interesting chandelier that doubles as an art installation.

[3] Blue Accents

Blue can be beautiful. This teal rug can add a dash of appeal to an often-monochromatic Nordic design setting. Image: Land of Rugs.
Blue can be beautiful. This teal rug can add a dash of appeal to an often-monochromatic Nordic design setting. Image: Land of Rugs.

Blue is a peaceful color. Like grey, there are many shades to choose from, from a restful pale, to playful teal, to a bold navy or royal blue. When you’re looking for a way to break up your white interiors, blue is the way to go. Choose some beautiful blue accent pillows, or a large rug in a bright blue jewel tone, and make a statement!

[4] Worn Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is a great design choice in general. It’s strong, easy to clean, and will last you for years. It’s also the new hot design trend in Nordic interiors. It’s a great way to add a touch of rustic to your home, without compromising comfort.

[5] Monochromatic Art

Traditionally, art on the walls has been used to add that splash of color to your space. But gorgeous black and white prints and simple graphic artwork makes a bold statement. It’ll also add to your minimalist look overall, especially if you stick to simple line art.

[6] Stripes

A nice bold stripe on your furniture, or accent pieces makes a nice bold statement. They’re versatile, and you have plenty of options. Bigger stripes are more relaxing than smaller, and a few stripes tend to make a bolder statement than a simple stripe pattern. You can choose to go with color, or go the more traditional black and white route.

[7] Using Your Storage as Decor

If you’ve embraced smaller space living, or are just looking for an easier way to keep organized, try incorporating your storage into your decor. This might mean a clothes bar instead of closet space, or hanging extra blankets on the wall. Whatever it means for you, it will undoubtedly give you a bold, striking look that’s also beautifully practical.

[8] Wood Slats

All-white rooms can be softened by integrating wood slats, adding character and rustic touches. Image: Rune Enstad on Unsplash
All-white rooms can be softened by integrating wood slats, adding character and rustic touches. Image: Rune Enstad on Unsplash.

Wood slats are a great design choice whether on the ceiling, the walls, or as a panel to divide the room. They add a soft rustic touch to the space. And of course, they’re a gorgeous and unique way to go with stripes. You know we love that!

[9] Tech-Free Zones

It’ll seem a bit counterintuitive, but hear me out: Imagine if there were rooms in your home that didn’t have ugly power cords stuck in every available space. What if every surface, including your bed and your lap, didn’t double as a workspace? Sound restful? Swedish design is all about balance. You can bring some of that home with you by incorporating relaxing, tech-free spaces in your own home. 

Nordic Style Can Be Your Style

Nordic style has a lot to offer. It’s simple, minimalist, and all about balance. But that doesn’t compromise on fun, or on style. So bring some of that Scandinavian flare home, and maybe you’ll find some balance in your life to go along with it.

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