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Sunday Spotlight: Scandinavian Design

January 10, 2016

I am loving Scandinavian style design lately. The Nord’s really have it all figured out. Not only do they design beautiful homes, they also design beautiful humans.

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Case in Point

How do they have it so down? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s the fact that they spend most of their time indoors avoiding the Arctic Tundra. Either way, I’ve scoured and scoured some more to bring you the top 5 things that I’ve found consistent with this type of design.

Scandinavia refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden–and, according to Wikipedia, sometimes Finland and Iceland (I guess kind of like how Y is sometimes a vowel?) Anyway, take a look at any Scandinavian Inspired room and you’ll see lots of the same elements repeating.

Here’s what I’ve noticed:

  1. White White, Baby

White is almost always the main color that these rooms are designed around. But when paired with lots of natural light and natural elements (like wood and plants), and many different textures, the rooms never seem too sterile.


I feel like a misconception about this type of style is that it’s always super minimal. It’s actually not. There’s a lot going on in this room, but because it’s mostly whites and neutrals, it’s not overwhelming.


White floors, white walls, white furniture, yet somehow it still feels cozy. I call that “Scandinavian Sorcery”


Hello good Sir. May I please nap on your couch?

2. Awesome Light Fixtures

Nordic light game is strong. With such a heavy white base, interesting light fixtures help to make the rooms more dynamic.

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3. Black Accents 

This is probably the element that draws me to this type of design the most. I love me a good black accent piece or wall. They know just the right amount to add while still keeping a room light and airy. 6bff2e9de2daa46e5eba76e118c001fe 316a648a74fca196016b9ccd610162be b33c084ec281f144f7b56c10ee424e33 e43e8b61f4ff4f56b37702f9876d9cb7 caa40d69b415652aaab400adf0ec1803

4. Nature! 

They always bring plants & wood into their rooms. If you scroll through the photos i’ve shared so far, you’ll find at least one of them in nearly every photo.

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5. Texture

Texture is of huge importance. Not only because it warms a room up and makes it feel livable, but also because if you’re going to spend all day cuddling with Alexander Skarsgard, you need lots of nubby and fuzzy textures to choose from.

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The bottom line with Scandinavian Design, at least from my point of view, is that it’s always “Just enough but not too much.”

Just enough white, but also just enough black or other accent colors to balance that out. Just enough plant life & natural elements to warm a room up, and just enough texture & layers to create a cozy vibe.

If you’d like to shoot for this type of look, stick with these 5 elements + you’ll be well on your way to being a Scandinavian Sorcerer.

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