Scandinavian design is growing in popularity every year. And why not? There is so much to love about this design philosophy. Whether it’s the simple design details, natural tones, and materials, or functionality, Scandinavian design is one of the best ways to design your interior.

Okay, yes. We are a bit biased. But, we have a feeling that by the time you finish reading this, you’ll agree.

So, what does it take to create an authentic Scandinavian home? Let’s break it down. But first, a little history about Scandinavian interior design.

The History of Scandinavian Design

At the core of Scandinavian design are a combination of three distinct features.

First, there is minimalism. Of course, there are various degrees of minimalism, which allows you to cater your interior to fit your needs. For example, while some folks may strive to go extremely minimal with their designs, others may opt for more details while still maintaining an overall uncluttered look.

Second, we have simplicity. In line with minimalism, Scandinavian design is all about simplicity. Complex, elaborate, or busy interior designs are the antithesis of Scandinavian design. Less is always more with this type of interior design. The less clutter, the better.

Third is functionality. Because even if an interior looks great, if it’s not livable, then what’s the point? Scandinavian design is known for its ability to merge style and functionality effortlessly.

Scandinavian design came about in the 1950s but continues to be extremely popular today. It is also considered to belong under the school of modernism, as it shares many characteristics with modern interior design.

Scandinavian Interior Design Colors

Because this type of design can be flexible, you can play a little fast and loose with some of the principles. For example, there are plenty of different directions you can take your interior’s color scheme and still be in line with Scandinavian interior design.

That being said, neutral colors are often most associated with Scandinavian interior design. Hues of gray, brown, black, and white are all prevalent throughout many authentically Scandinvianain homes. Some homeowners may love the idea of neutral colors throughout the home.

However, if you need a little more color in your life, add some rich, colorful details that really pop to liven up the interior. Shades of green and blue work especially well with a neutral interior.

Features of Scandinavian Interior Design

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Here are some of the more broad features you should integrate into your interior to create a modern Scandinavian home:

Simple Decor

As you may expect, simple decor is suggested to achieve the Scandinavian look. Once again, you can play around with this and use decor that is still in line with your style.

Clean Spaces With Clever Storage

We’ve already mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: avoid the clutter within your interior. After all, we could probably all cut back on the amount of “stuff” we have. While you don’t have to go overboard with tossing some of your belongings, it’s not a bad idea to try and embrace the minimalist lifestyle as much as you’re comfortable doing. In fact, owning less stuff may equate to more happiness.

Wood Elements

Whether it’s wooden furniture like tables or cabinets—or any other furnishing for your interior—wooden elements are a must for a true Scandinavian home. Scandinavians are known for their love of the outdoors, and it shows in their interior designs.

Plants and Flowers

In addition to wood, other natural features and elements should be included in your interior design layout. This includes plants and fresh flowers to liven up the space, which will add a nice contrast to the neutral tones throughout.

Natural Lighting

Natural light is such a huge part of Scandinavian design, as it helps create that sense of warmth that it is known for. So, while large windows are more of a structural design feature as opposed to interior design, any opportunity to include more natural light should be utilized.

For some further reading on Scandinavian design, check out these blogs:

Scandinavian Kitchens: Looks, Function, and Why They Aren’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

Scandinavian Flooring Guide: What to Look For When Choosing

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