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7 Steps to Scandinavian Design Interiors

Scandinavian interior design has gathered immense popularity for its serene, minimalist aesthetic. Rooted in the Nordic countries, this style emphasises simplicity, functionality, and a strong connection to nature. One of the defining features of Scandinavian design is its use of neutral and soft colour palettes, which create a calming and harmonious atmosphere. If you're looking to infuse your home with the timeless elegance of Scandinavian design, follow these 7 steps. 

1. Colour palette:

Neutral colours serve as the foundation of Scandinavian interiors, evoking a sense of tranquility and sophistication. Opt for hues such as crisp whites, soft greys, and warm beige tones to create a light and airy backdrop for your space. Layer soft pastel hues, such as pale blush pink, soft mint green, or baby blue, to add a subtle pop of colour and warmth.

Contrast also plays a crucial role in Scandinavian design, adding depth and visual interest to the space. Introduce dark accents, such as charcoal grey, navy blue, or deep forest green, to create a striking contrast against the light, neutral backdrop. Incorporate these darker hues through statement furniture pieces, accent walls, or bold textiles to anchor the space and create a sense of balance.

2. Emphasise Functionality:

Functionality is at the core of Scandinavian design, where every piece serves a purpose without compromising on style. Invest in furniture with clean lines and multifunctional features, such as the Bjork Stool and Bridge Table by Design House Stockholm, which can be used as a stool and a coffee table, or a Design House Stockholm Flip Table which can be extended to 3 different sizes and used as a dining table, a desk or a sideboard. 

3. Embrace Minimalism:

At the heart of Scandinavian design lies minimalism. Start by decluttering your space and adopting a less-is-more approach to decor. Choose furniture with sleek lines and simple silhouettes in neutral tones.

Add flexible shelving units like the Design House Stockholm Frame Shelf for a clean and open functional display and storage solution.

Incorporating clever storage solutions like the OYOY Living Design Maki and Sporta baskets, which blend seamlessly into your interiors. By prioritising functionality, you can create a space that is both practical and visually pleasing.

4. Enhance Texture with Quality Textiles:

Texture plays a key role in elevating the tactile appeal of Nordic style. Layer your floors with high-quality rugs and blankets crafted from natural materials such as wool. Consider incorporating rugs from brands like Pappelina and Design House Stockholm for their durable materials and timeless designs. Drape Klippan organic wool blankets over your furniture to add warmth and softness to your living space, enhancing both comfort and visual interest.

5. Embrace Hygge:

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish concept that encapsulates coziness, contentment, and well-being. Embrace hygge in your Scandinavian inspired interiors by creating inviting and comfortable spaces where you can relax and unwind. Incorporate soft textiles, plush cushions, and warm lighting to evoke a sense of hygge and foster a cozy atmosphere that encourages relaxation and connection.

6. Work on your Lighting:

Lighting is essential in Scandinavian design as well as to create a cozy ambiance and set the mood. Incorporate table and floor lamps with clean lines and minimalist designs to complement your neutral colour palette. Choose fixtures with warm, diffused light to create a welcoming atmosphere, especially during the darker winter months. Position lamps strategically to illuminate key areas such as seating areas, reading nooks, or dining spaces, enhancing both functionality and aesthetic appeal while fostering a sense of hygge.

7. Add your own touch of style with Wall Art:

Enhance the visual appeal of your walls with custom-made canvas art featuring soothing landscapes or abstract compositions inspired by nature. Complement your art pieces with wall rugs from OYOY Living Design, adding texture and warmth to your space while creating a cozy ambiance. These additions not only personalise your home but also serve as focal points that reflect your unique style and personality.


Neutral and soft colour palettes are integral to achieving the serene and understated elegance of Scandinavian design interiors. By following these 7 steps and incorporating key elements such as neutrals, soft pastels, texture, functional design, and hygge-inspired elements, you can create a space that exudes warmth, tranquility, and timeless sophistication. Whether you're revamping your entire home or adding subtle touches of Scandinavian flair, let these guidelines inspire you to create a haven of comfort and style that reflects your personal taste and enhances your everyday living experience.

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