The Breakdown On Scandinavian Design

Creating the perfect Scandinavian inspired home is actually pretty easy. The key is simplicity which is also the main reason why I love it so much. With clean lines, a neutral color scheme and minimal accessories you too can have the look.

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One thing I’ve noticed throughout every interior photo of Scandinavian design there is a great amount of natural wood being used. I’ve learned that the use of wood reflects their landscapes which is rich in lakes, forests, rivers and mountains. So instead of wall to wall carpeting, wood is used throughout the home; expect for the bathroom. To remove the yellow color from wood like pine, use grey oil.

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Every Scandinavian space has white walls with a neutral color palette of black, cool grey and maybe blue. Some interiors do throw in pops of color but that depends on the person. The interiors remain light because of how dark the winters get. In Norway night falls quick so they try to keep their living space as bright as possible.

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The great thing about inspiring for a Scandinavian space is the ability to DIY a lot of the stuff. Most of the furniture pieces are made from wood or metal making it super easy. Slap on a coat of white or grey paint to an existing piece and you’re good to go; you might even be able to keep it in its natural form like this DIY palette bed.

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And once again, simplicity. Keep it simple. Less is actually more in the case so scale down on the decor accessories. My favorite element to include is faux fur! Use it for carpet, on pillows or as a throw for those cute chairs that every Scandinavian design has. If simplicity isn’t the number one rule then comfy definitely is. Like I said, they have long cold winters so why wouldn’t you want to be comfy!

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What’s your favorite element of this style? Would you use this in your own home? Let me know in the comments below.

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