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Scandinavian living

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Closeness to nature, light wood, clean lines, cheerful colours -these are all words to describe Scandinavian interior design. The simple and chic, combined with natural materials and attention to detail, has long since conquered our hearts and found a way into our homes. Reason enough, according to our ideabook, Scandinavian interior design ideas are yet again here to travel from the far north to provide you with interior design ideas and tips!

Natural materials

Wood is the number one material in Scandinavian interior design style. In this case, domestic, light woods such as birch and pine are clearly in vogue. Overall, great value is placed on sustainability, natural products and handmade furniture, which really shows in the other materials that are prevalent in the Scandinavian style of living—cotton, linen, leather and wool.

Simple shapes

 Living room by Muka Design Lab
Muka Design Lab

Conjunto y juego de mesas de salón de madera maciza y colores vivos

Muka Design Lab

The motto of the Scandinavian interior design style is: Less is more! Lush embellishments, frills, playful details and opulent curves do not exist here. Instead, the forms remain simple, clear and straightforward… . and practical! Generally speaking and paying homage to the masters of modernism and the bauhaus, form follows function. The love of nature is not only in the materials, but also found in organic shapes.


 Living room by homify

Wiener Fauteuil


Flashy and loud patterns do not exist in Scandinavian style. But, this does not mean that everything has to be purist and discreet. Although pure white often the focus in decorating, every now and again radiant and expressive colours such as royal blue or sunshine yellow make their way into the colour palettes. As far as the patterns are graphic prints and natural motifs such as flowers, animals or leaves are especially popular.

Accessories & decoration

Attempting to remove the sterile and banal feeling minimal design can sometimes have, why not implement colourful patchwork carpets, plush pillows with graphic prints, striped curtains, animal skins, wooden figures or even fresh flowers? It's Scandinavian inspired decorative accessories that are always comfortable, friendly and welcoming!


Chestnut lamp:  Living room by Studio Snowpuppe
Studio Snowpuppe

Chestnut lamp

Studio Snowpuppe

Light plays a major role in the Scandinavian culture. As you know, up far north, the light is in short supply, especially so during winter months. Accordingly, every effort is made to capture the sun's rays through clever architecture and design ideas which can be reinforced with bright colours.

Clever space saving

  by Green Living
Green Living

Haus Seefeuer—Wohnung 2

Green Living

No frills, comfortable and effective—those who live Scandinavian, know how to combine pleasure with practicality. Here, every angle and corner are filled effectively and simultaneously, on a whole, contributing to the inviting concept of this living come bedroom.

For more quirky home ideas see ’Cubist architecture and Cardboard heroes’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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