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Scandi Decor: 20 Ways to Bring this Trendy Style to Life in Your Home

Scandi-style decor continues to be a trendy style. And while Scandinavian style, in its purest form, is pretty iconic, there are so many ways to bring this look to life by mixing it with design elements from different design styles.

Today, we’re going to unpack what Scandinavian design is, where it came from, and all the ways you can bring the look to life today!

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What is Scandi Home Decor?

Scandinavian design is a branch of modernism that’s marked by a focus on clean, simple lines; minimalist furniture and styling; and a perfect blend of functionality and beauty. Scandi home decor differs from Mid-Century Modernism (which hit the scene around the same time) in that it steers away from fabricated materials in favor of natural materials.

Learn more about the history of mid-century modern design and the difference between that and Scandinavian home decor on our podcast, The Render!

Craftsmanship is a high priority in Scandinavian design. In a space that boasts Scandinavian-inspired design, you’ll find quality pieces made of natural materials that are built to last. You’ll see a lot of pale woods like ash and beech, wool and linen textiles, leather, sheepskin, pottery, and glass. Scandi style decor also uses a lot of soft hues, natural color schemes, and textures.

While Scandinavian interior design is the term you’ll hear most often, Swedish, Nordic, and Danish modernism are all forms of Scandinavian style.

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Different Types of Scandi Decor

There are so many different ways to use Scandinavian decor and bring Scandi style to life. You can take the basics of Scandinavian design and tailor a look for your own home and your own unique take on the style!

Below, you’ll find 20 Scandinavian design ideas, with different ways to get a Scandinavian-inspired look in your own home, no matter your style preferences.

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1. A Cozy Scandi Bedroom

This Scandi-style bedroom has an earthy, eclectic twist. It boasts the simplicity of Scandi style—but mixed with earthy, bohemian flair and minimalist undertones. With furniture made of natural materials and neutral upholstery, plus boasting some lovely woven textures, it hits on the best of Scandi and boho styles.

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2. Minimalist Scandi Living Room

This living room is an unexpected take on minimalist design. It has a super streamlined color palette and furniture forms that are sleek, with no frills and minimal ornamentation. But the pops of black in the decor, along with the cozy textures (that sheepskin rug!) and warm wood tones, speaks to the Scandi influences and makes it a truly comfortable space for a minimalist to enjoy.

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3. Scandi Farmhouse Entryway

This space has some cozy, welcoming vibes! Clean lines speak to modernist simplicity. But the earthy hues and mix of natural materials come from the farmhouse side of this style. Farmhouse-style furniture with thoughtful detailing—like this Jenny Lind dresser with spindle legs—balances out with the simplistic structure of the modern, clean-lined accent furniture around it. And a limited color palette (think: natural wood tones, grays, and warm whites) helps keep this space cohesive.

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4. Japandi Living Room

The Japandi design trend is a unique style that combines elements of both Japanese and Scandinavian decor styles. A trending look, it celebrates a minimalist, uncluttered aesthetic that’s typical of Japanese design with organic shapes and comfortable foundations. Low-profile furniture offers comfort and an inviting look, while warm woods, natural materials, and cozy layers of plush textiles help bring a sense of approachability to this style.

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5. A Modern-Meets-Rustic Take on Scandi

This is a contemporary Scandi style with mid-century influences. Clean lines and minimalist forms that are foundational in Scandinavian design mix with farmhouse touches—like woven texture, plush materials, and simple earth tones—for a space that feels cozy and comfortable. This space features simple decor that makes a statement. Ceramic vases and bowls add texture without overpowering the neutral space.

Designer Tip: Stick to lighter wood tones (common in Scandinavian decor) to elevate a traditional farmhouse aesthetic.

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6. Rustic Scandi Minimalism Dining Room

Rustic minimalism with a Scandi twist? Yes, please. The rustic nature of the materials in this dining room set the tone for the space, giving it some definite rustic vibes. But the softer, organic forms and less-is-more approach to the decor bring this into the Scandinavian camp. True to its minimalist nature, this dining room features functional and practical decor, like bowls and pitchers, that are pleasing to the eye but also functional in a dining space. In a minimalist room like this, the negative space is just as important as the furniture and decor, helping maintain balance and flow.

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7. Contemporary Modern Scandi Living Room

This living room is pure contemporary Scandi. (Think: IKEA, but elevated.) Functionality and comfort are key in this look. You won’t find any extra frills or ornamentation in contemporary modern Scandi spaces. It’s all about pieces that are functional but also look good. A clean-lined sofa in a neutral color grounds the space and helps set the tone. But plenty of natural materials—from woven jute to wood and leather—gives this modern space an organic and grounded sensibility.

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8. Industrial Scandi Bedroom

This bedroom takes the comfortable, organic elements of Scandinavian design and combines them with sharper, more industrial elements—like the metal pendant, a black and white palette, and unfinished woods. This bedroom is a slightly more masculine take on Scandi decor, but it blends in farmhouse touches for a look that’s approachable but rugged!

Designer Tip: Look for weathered pieces that will satisfy the industrial and farmhouse elements of this style—but keep the lines clean so it leans Scandi.

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9. Nordic Minimalism Home Office

This no-nonsense home office creates a space to focus on work without any extra clutter. The light wood furniture’s clean lines don’t have any frills or ornamentation—but the decor is strategically placed to make an impact and create the welcoming vibe that Scandi spaces are known for. The layout is practical and prioritizes natural lighting and minimal distractions.

Designer Tip: Open shelves and exposed surfaces should be styled minimally, with a mind toward functionally, with pieces that feel organic and sculptural.

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10. Cozy Contemporary Scandi Living Room

This is a warm, contemporary take on Scandi style with a cozy twist. This living room has a distinctly Scandinavian flavor, but it’s packaged up in a much more approachable design. The warm neutral palette makes it instantly cozy. And the clean lines in the furniture and pops of subtle natural texture takes the Scandi design principles but filters them through a contemporary lens. The result is a look that feels less tiedt o a specific style or era but rather feels more timeless than your average Scandi space. This living room is also a great reminder that streamlined furniture doesn’t have to mean cold, stark lines but just clean and simple forms.

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11. Moody Scandinavian Bedroom

This bedroom features a moodier take on Scandinavian design. There’s still a lot of neutrals, natural textures, and simple furniture forms—but they’re all renditions that we don’t normally see in a Scandi space. Rather than a light neutral color scheme, this room features saturated earth tones—which still feel “neutral” but set that moodier vibe. Darker wood tones and red-hued leather are two other twists on classic Scandi decor elements. Together, all of these elements come together to create a cozy, moody retreat.

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12. Serene Boho Scandi Nursery

Scandinavian decor isn’t just for grown-ups—it can make for an adorable nursery too! In this space, we mixed the simplicity of Scandi style with a bohemian, earthy flair for a nursery that’s cute and trendy. These two styles go hand-in-hand; all you need to do is add a bit of texture and layering to a Scandi base style. Rather than going totally neutral, we went with a gentle color palette with pops of earthy green, gold, and rust to give the baby’s room a little more depth while still keeping it soothing.

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13. Mod Scandi Wonderland

This is a look that’s begging for winter to show up! (It’s what we imagine a space would look like if Scandi went to the mountains and made a cozy cabin!) Full of plush textures, sink-in furniture, and warm natural textures galore, this space has all the earthy, organic coziness of Scandi decor, but with furniture shapes that are decidedly more mod. Case in point: the streamlined sectional, the arched cabinet, and the modern take on a wingback chair! The high-contrast palette invigorates the space and helps drive home that modern edge.

Designer Tip: Don’t forget to add natural elements, like dried grass and plants, to add an organic and lively touch to the space.

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14. Cheery Boho Scandi Breakfast Nook

We love this light and sunny breakfast nook! The Scandinavian home decor seen here is all about function and doesn’t get in the way of the charming vibes of this space. Pops of texture in the chandelier, chair seats, and the sheepskin throw on the bench play up those boho vibes, while the streamlined forms and light wood tones give a nod to Scandi. With minimalist styling, there’s a lot of breathing room in this design, with sculptural forms that add visual intrigue but don’t take up a lot of space in this small dining nook.

Designer Tip: Keep layering minimal but make it impactful with pillows or textiles that are simple in form but have a boho pattern or pop of color.

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15. Scandi Minimalism Living Room

The furniture pieces in this room are minimalist in form—but they’re Scandinavian in material and essence. The rustic wood finishes, along with the caning details on those modern Jeanneret chairs (a mid-century classic!) celebrate the more organic, approachable brand of Scandinavian modernism that pairs so beautifully with a minimalist aesthetic. The decor is simple but impactful, with the simple muted hues and beautiful forms acting as the ornamentation in this space.

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16. Sleek Scandi Entryway

An entryway like this is the perfect way to set the tone for a Scandinavian-style home. There are no frills here—this entryway is all about function. All the entryway essentials are here—like a bench, mirror, and nooks, and baskets for storage. (And all in that organic, streamlined Scandi style!) The patterned geometric rug softens the look and makes this entryway feel super inviting—tying the look together while bringing pattern and texture to this sleek and functional space. Bonus: the busy design of the rug is great for high-traffic areas! This is a great design approach if you don’t have a formal entryway but need to hack one in a living space.

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17. Cozy Hygge Living Room

Hygge style is all about playing up the warmth and comfortable elements of Scandinavian decor. The idea is to create a sense of calm within the chaos of the world by embracing simplicity, creating spaces that are cozy and have some ambiance! Lots of layered textures and materials—from smooth ceramics and stone to chunky macrame, raw wood, and woven pillows—adds depth to this living room. Meanwhile, a limited, warm neutral color palette keeps this space zen, even though it has a lot going on.

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18. Less-is-More Scandi Dining Room

Feast your eyes on this less-is-more Scandi dining room! Forms and materials do the talking here, with sleek, streamlined designs that are almost sculptural works of art! Curved chair forms are molded to the shape of a body, making them more comfortable. And the minimalist table is subtle but still stunning in its construction; the round legs feel unexpected and don’t need any extra ornamentation to stand out.

Designer Tip: Keep this space clutter-free and let the furniture forms and architecture of the room do the talking instead of layering in decor.

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19. Serene Scandi Bedroom

This bedroom is Scandi in nature, with its sleek forms and blonde wood tones—but it’s even more pulled back and minimal than your average Scandi space. The idea is to create a serene sleeping space. That means embracing a clutter-free design with minimal surface styling, instead offering visual interest in the furniture and accents. The wood grain and textures are the decor of this space; they add pattern in a natural way, which feels organic and offers just enough ornamentation for a minimalist space. And a clean palette, with neutrals and pops of avocado green (an interesting color choice that feels very zen!), add to the minimalist and serene vibe of the space.

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20. Rustic Scandi Living Room

Rustic and Scandi are both warm and cozy styles—making it a perfect combination for a comfortable living space. In this room, the rustic design elements comin more with weathered and natural pieces, like the smaller accent furniture and art. And the Scandinavian influences fome in with the clean-lined foundational furniture and the organic shapes throughout. Natural woods and materials like stone, copper, and leather add to the organic feel and speak to both styles, while layers of textiles  bring a cozy warmth and depth to the space.

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Scandi Style: This Home is a Perfect Specimen of Scandinavian Interior Design Style

If you love a minimalist aesthetic but want something that’s a little more warm and organic, then Scandinavian design might be just the thing.

What is Scandinavian Design?

Scandinavian design is an interior design and furniture style hallmarked by clean lines, minimalist features, and warm, light woods contrasted with darker-toned woods or metals such as iron. A mix of mid-century forms with minimalist, curated styling, Scandinavian design is definitely a less-is-more style. It’s all about a clean and minimal aesthetic with an organized and styled vibe. Functionality is also key in Scandinavian design. This no-frills style, while it tends to have a beautiful aesthetic, values function over form. So, in a Scandinavian home, everything should have a purpose—even the decor!

In terms of color palettes, Scandinavian interiors tend to have a black and white color scheme. They feature a neutral base, with a lot of whites and creams. But there’s almost always some dark contrast in a Scandinavian space, which—combined with the use of natural materials—helps keep the look from feeling sterile. Scandi design also celebrates the use of natural light whenever possible. Fabric curtains and layered lighting keep the look cozy at night, but during the day a Scandinavian space should be bathed in sunlight!

scandinavian interior designThe Origins of Scandinavian Design

As the name suggests, this look has its roots in Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. So, it’s no surprise that this interior design style celebrates nature—which is embraced in all its forms in Scandinavia. This is done by bringing natural-toned and raw-edge woods indoors, giving the look a more organic vibe.

Scandinavian design as an interior design style hit the scene in the mid-1950s, around the same time as Mid-Century Modern design began to rise in popularity. While there are a ton of similarities between these two styles, there are some distinct differences, especially in the materials used.

Learn more about the differences between Mid-Century and Scandinavian design styles on our podcast episode that’s all about Mid-Century Modern design!

scandinavian interior designThe Popularity of Scandinavian Design

Today, this Nordic style continues to grow in popularity for its calming nature and aesthetic appeal. People are drawn to the clean lines, simple storage solutions (see: IKEA), and the appeal of neutral base furniture crafted in light woods and whites. Nothing about this style is too “in your face,” which means it can be personalized in terms of colors, patterns, and decorative accessories.

We’re seeing Scandi styles being reimagined across the design world today. You’ll see a lot of Scandinavian-inspired design elements in the popular Hygge design style—which makes sense since hygge is a Danish concept! In fact, it’s really a mix of the coziness and approachability of rustic interior design ideas with the minimal forms and organic materials of Scandinavian design. And then there’s “Japandi” style, which is a mix of design influences from Japan-inspired rustic minimalism and furniture forms, but with a focus on that Scandi functionality. There are so many ways to personalize this design style, whether you go for straight-up Scandinavian design or mix it with other design styles.

Want to see this look brought to life? Keep reading for a room-by-room tour of a home designed with a Scandinavian interior design style.

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Scandinavian Entryway

This entryway is all about minimalist function. There is no clutter and no unnecessary objects in this space. It’s all about optimizing functionality—but doing so with beautiful furniture. This bench is a lovely combination of Scandinavian-inspired materials, with its warm wood finish and iron base.

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The Key Elements:

Embrace minimalist styling. When it comes to a Scandinavian-inspired entryway, you don’t need much to complete the look. Take a no-frills approach with your Scandinavian decor and just include the basics—some hooks to hang your coat, a place to set your shoes, and perhaps a surface for your wallet, purse, or keys.

Opt for function over form. While this entryway is beautiful, it’s functional above all else. The bench gives you a place to sit down as you come and go from the house, gather your belongings, and put your shoes on or take them off. The hooks give you an easy place to hang your coat, with a mirror right beneath to check your look before heading out the door!

Incorporate moments of warmth. A minimalist space can easily feel cold. But, as the welcoming space of your home, you want this area to feel inviting! So, we made sure to incorporate some visual warmth through the warm wood of the bench, the layered sheepskin rug (giving your feet a soft place to land when you take off your shoes!), and the textural pampas grass.scandinavian interior design

Scandinavian Living Room

Warm, cozy, and welcoming, this Scandinavian living room is both functional and relaxing. Everything in this room has a place and function—which helps it from feeling overcrowded or overwhelming. Yet it also feels like a space you can easily unwind and relax in.

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The Key Elements:

Look for minimalist-inspired furniture. In this living room, Scandi style comes alive through the accent furniture. The chair has a spindle design which is very common in trendy Scandinavian styles. The minimal design of the cabinet and the no-frills sofa keep the overall look simple and streamlined.

Layer in comfortable accents. The textiles in this space—from the plush rugs to the pillows and throw blankets—are what make this living room feel extra inviting. They all add touches of warmth and contrasting textures throughout this neutral space.

Add in high-contrast elements. Dark accents, such as the pendant, accent chair, and cabinet, offer a nice contrast to this neutral space. These high-contrast elements help offset the neutral base and add visual interest to the room.scandinavian interior design

Scandinavian Dining Room

This sleek, organized, and minimal dining room is discerningly styled. Even so, the vibe in this space is warm and welcoming because of the wood tones and textures that are used. Scandinavian design style shows up in this space particularly in the furniture itself. The dining set is a classic Scandi design with streamlined, minimalist legs that have a slight taper to them—though not enough to be classified as super Mid-Century.

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The Key Elements:

Embrace warmer wood tones. In your base furniture—the dining table, chairs, and a credenza or sideboard—look for wood pieces with warmer finishes. You could also go for a light natural finish which is still very Scandinavian but would give your space a slightly different vibe! For a Scandi dining room, you’ll also want to look for furniture with softly tapered legs—but nothing that’s too loud or mid-century modern.

Layer in touches of contrast. In this space, the accent decor, light fixture, and sheepskin rug bring some visual contrast to the space. Without these darker elements, the space would just be light neutrals and wood tones, which would make it lose that inviting warmth. Speaking of which…

Bring in elements of textural warmth as well. Unexpected textiles like the layered rugs, along with the fabric drapes, help offset the visual monotony that can come from wood-on-wood styling.

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Scandinavian Bedroom

Can you say cozy?? This space is all about softness and plush textures with a refined and relaxed vibe. Natural textures like cane, jute, and rattan mix together with warm wood tones to create an inviting warmth in the space. The Scandi vibe comes alive in this space through the furniture shapes, the metal finish of the light sconce, and the visual contrast in the decorative accents.

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The Key Elements:

Start with a plush base. A Scandinavian-inspired bedroom is all about comfort. An upholstered bed offers an element of warmth and comfort to the base layer furniture, which is complemented by a plush rug and cozy Scandinavian-inspired bedding. (Of course, you could also go with a minimal light wood bed frame and just add a couple extra pillows for added comfort!)

Use natural materials to bring in texture. The wood nightstands, dresser, and bench contrast nicely with the plush bed and rug. This helps incorporate that organic element to the space, with the clean-lined furniture supporting the Scandi vibe. Natural textures like pampas grass and a woven pendant light add visual warmth to the space, which adds to the feeling of coziness.

Incorporate subtle pops of color. To give this space a little more personality, we added small pops of earthy blue through the throw and Scandinavian decor on the nightstand. Since there’s less contrast in this room than other spaces of this home, the pops of blue help bring a little more life to the space!

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