What You Need to Know about Scandinavian Design

Posted on August 10, 2021

The reason why Scandinavian interior design is such an enduring style is because it marries the restraint of minimalism with the appeal of cozier designs. The style typically flaunts a neutral color palette, a sparse collection of well-crafted furniture pieces, ample natural light, and wooden accents. With the right combination of the aforementioned elements, you can turn your space into a Nordic dream. Here is what you need to know about Scandinavian Design. 


It is hard to imagine that such a serene style originated from the turmoil of WWII, but such is the case. After the war, there was a popular belief amongst European citizens that humanity was failing. Former ways of life were inadequate and previous interior design styles no longer sufficed. However, from the bleakness of this time period emerged new social constructs, unique art forms, and unprecedented design trends–– including Scandinavian design.

How to achieve it

  • Keep things understated- it is a difficult task to show restraint with decor, but the end result will be a much cleaner, more spacious room.
  • Make functionality a priority- stop to consider the purpose of each room, and then design your space around that purpose. This will help you filter through which items you do and don’t need, and ultimately make you more productive in your space.
  • Consult mother nature- much of Scandinavian design pays homage to nature with its use of wood, natural textiles, and plant decor. 
  • Accessorize with art- maintaining a neutral palette elsewhere opens up the opportunity for a statement piece of art on the wall. Opt for an abstract piece with contrasting colors or a simple photograph with sepia hues. 
  • Let there be light- Lighting is extremely important to Scandinavian Design–– both natural and artificial light. Make sure you are maximizing your window spaces to let in as much light as possible. As for your artificial lighting, consider investing in a statement pendant or light fixture that will add visual interest to your space. 

What colors to use. 

Neutral, light shades are the hallmark of Scandinavian designs. With that being said, if your walls are simple, it is always beneficial to add contrast with stark black furniture and pops of colors like blue, ivory, taupe, or sage. 

What not to do. 

  • Clutter your space.
  • Use too many colors.
  • Make the space feel sterile with no textiles or accessories. 

Given that some say Scandinavian design was born out of post-war rebellion, it is only fitting that you to mix aesthetics and break rules when necessary. At the end of the day, your space should reflect your personal preferences and interests, and Interior Motions is here to help you achieve that. 

Also read: About Industrial Interior Design

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