5 Rules Of Scandinavian Design To Incorporate In Your Home


The signature elements of Scandinavian design began to take shape in the 1930s when several Nordic countries started promoting a simpler, more affordable way of living. Harsh winter climates of Northern Europe also drove those who lived in these conditions to value utility over decoration. This meant minimal style and less clutter, compared to a more extravagant look for homes.

Let’s explore how you can adhere to the rules of Scandinavian design and achieve a sleek, modern feel for your home.

1. Minimalism over maximalism 

Scandinavian design relies on a few elements to tie its look together – lack of visual clutter, simplicity and purposeful placement of featured items. Solid woods are often incorporated through furniture, walls, or flooring. Excessive or ornate detailing is avoided as Scandinavian homes in the past were small and did not allow for extravagant displays of decorative items. Thus, storage is wisely implemented. With a space that is not overly filled, it actually gives you literal space to breathe too.

2. Muted colours

People from the Scandinavian countries appear to have a proclivity to paint their houses white and furnish it with materials with no more than four key shades because this region is generally dark throughout the year. As such, Scandinavian design often displays a neutral-heavy colour palette. Greys, whites and tans are used to make a space feel bright. 

However, calm muted tones of pale green and blue can be incorporated loosely throughout and blend well with natural wood.

3. Soft, cosy textiles

The way a space looks is key to Scandinavian design; but its function is equally as important. As such, no matter how stylish a room’s design is, you will need to ensure that it remains comfortable to use. Due to Scandinavia’s extreme weather, warm elements are ideal. This means including soft, snuggle textiles such as throws, cushions and rugs into your spaces.

4. Natural lighting

Every home need good lighting, but in the Scandinavian style, lights are usually the focal point. Apart from brightening up the home, its purpose is to also create a warm, inviting feel. White walls are preferred to emphasise available light while there is minimal use of window treatments that can allow natural light to illuminate spaces.

5. Natural, wood accents

Natural materials, especially wood, are essential elements of the Scandinavian design. Wood flooring can add a natural feel to any space, but you can also choose wooden furniture, accessories and wall features. To keep within the light and bright aesthetic of the Scandinavian design, light woods like ash, pine and beech are generally used the most. 

With these guiding principles, you can eventually create your own Scandinavian-inspired space with understated elegance and utilitarian purpose. Check out our furniture shop at Finn Avenue for a selection of furniture pieces and home décor. Aside from essentials like coffee tables and sofas, you can also explore our cushions and pillows range, available in various designs, textures and colours to finalise the Scandinavian design in your home.

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