What Is A Scandinavian Style Home And 25 Examples

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Renowned for their simplicity, utility, and beauty, Scandinavian homes have a pure, pared backed style that is centered around warm functionality, clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. How to make your home Scandinavian? Let’s look closely at its characteristic features.

a Scandinavian living room done in white and greys, faux fur and pillows add coziness to the space

a Scandinavian living room done in white and greys, faux fur and pillows add coziness to the space

a welcoming and airy Scandinavian bedroom with all-natural linens and a touch of dusty pink

a welcoming and airy Scandinavian bedroom with all-natural linens and a touch of dusty pink

a Scandinavian entryway with whitewashed floors and a cork bench feels minimal and airy

a Scandinavian entryway with whitewashed floors and a cork bench feels minimal and airy

a Scandinavian space spruced up with pale green looks unusual and very catchy

a Scandinavian space spruced up with pale green looks unusual and very catchy

a light and air-filled kitchen in light grey and white  natural wood chairs

a light and air-filled kitchen in light grey and white natural wood chairs

Color Palettes

Neutral colors are the foundation, since natural light can be rare in Nordic homes, but recently, color has started to be used as an accent, though still in earthy tones—dark blues, greens, grays, and browns. The nature-inspired shades can aid in creating a cocoon-like space, so take a look at beige, off-whites, pale green and blues that won’t contrast your Scandi interior much but will make it deeper and more interesting. It may be just one accent wall, a furniture piece or some textiles that can be easily changed.

a traditional color palette for Scandi spaces is grey, black and white

a traditional color palette for Scandi spaces is grey, black and white

Scandinavian interiors have been dotted with color lately, like here with pink pillows and throws

Scandinavian interiors have been dotted with color lately, like here with pink pillows and throws

blues and greys are a great pair that can be diluted with creamy shades or white

blues and greys are a great pair that can be diluted with creamy shades or white

pale greens are also a good idea to make your Scandi space more interesting and catchy

pale greens are also a good idea to make your Scandi space more interesting and catchy

Materials

Incorporate wood cladding on walls and even ceilings to add texture and warmth. Use a grey oil to take the yellow away from woods like pine or oak. Scandinavian design creates warmth through textiles such as sheepskin, wool, and mohair that are a necessity in cold climates, and keep the aesthetic paired down, but add some visual interest.

wood is the base of every Scandinavian interior, it may be seen on the floors, walls and furniture

wood is the base of every Scandinavian interior, it may be seen on the floors, walls and furniture

use various kinds of wood and various finishes to make your space more interesting

use various kinds of wood and various finishes to make your space more interesting

textiles are an important part of Scandi spaces, which is sure to make any space cozier

textiles are an important part of Scandi spaces, which is sure to make any space cozier

printed pillows make the space catchier, a faux fur throw and a comfy rug add coziness

printed pillows make the space catchier, a faux fur throw and a comfy rug add coziness

a faux sheepskin, faux fur and leather are ideal to make Scandinavian spaces catchier and cozier

a faux sheepskin, faux fur and leather are ideal to make Scandinavian spaces catchier and cozier

faux fur is a necessity if the climate where you live is cold

faux fur is a necessity if the climate where you live is cold

Declutter

Scandinavian design isn’t about clutter at all, it’s about order and an airy feeling, which can’t be achieved with lots of accessories and boxes for storage.

Fireplaces

As Scandinavian winters are very harsh, most apartments and houses have an original fire in the living room. Unlike British fireplaces that are usually the focal point of a grand room, these are often very simple columns (many originals from the 19th century are beautifully tiled) and are located in the corner of the room. This way they add coziness and warmth without becoming a centerpiece.

a traditional Scandinavian stove with gilded doors is what you need for your Nordic space

a traditional Scandinavian stove with gilded doors is what you need for your Nordic space

such a stove will add coziness and warmth, if it's working, it will help you keep the home warm

such a stove will add coziness and warmth, if it's working, it will help you keep the home warm

it will easily become a stylish accessory at the same time, wherever you place it

it will easily become a stylish accessory at the same time, wherever you place it

traditionally Scandinavian stoves looked like that, being clad with patterned tiles

traditionally Scandinavian stoves looked like that, being clad with patterned tiles

you may also try various modern stoves if you don't feel like Scandinavian traditionalism

you may also try various modern stoves if you don't feel like Scandinavian traditionalism

a black stove and some firewood by it will add coziness even without working

a black stove and some firewood by it will add coziness even without working

Add An Outside/ Inside Room

Scandinavian people generally love a connection with the outdoors so you’ll find a balcony or terrace in even the smallest apartments. These are usually decked and used for grilling and entertaining outdoors during the late light nights of the summer. Decorate your outdoor space in Scandi style to extend the spaces outdoors and enjoy nature and landscapes.

a Scandinavian balcony spruced up with touches of pastel green and pink, looks very peaceful

a Scandinavian balcony spruced up with touches of pastel green and pink, looks very peaceful

a Scandinavian terrace in black and white, with potted greenery and a fire bowl

a Scandinavian terrace in black and white, with potted greenery and a fire bowl

a cozy Nordic balcony with potted plants, printed textiles and a grill - all you need in one

a cozy Nordic balcony with potted plants, printed textiles and a grill - all you need in one

extend your kitchen or another space with a balcony, add potted plants and comfy furniture

extend your kitchen or another space with a balcony, add potted plants and comfy furniture