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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.