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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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Trend Alert: Meet Japandi, The Latest Trend Taking The Design World By Storm

Are you drawn to interior design with plenty of organic elements, but with a more minimalist spin? Then it might be worth checking out Japandi—a design style that’s been around for decades but that’s experiencing a surge in popularity! Read on to learn more about this soothing, zen design trend.

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What is Japandi design and where did it come from?

Japandi is an interior design style that celebrates the harmony between minimalism and organic modernism, with a good dose of comfort mixed in. Stylistically, it incorporates elements from Japanese and Scandinavian design. Japanese style is earthy, warm, and uncluttered. There’s an elegant simplicity, warmth, and ease to this style. It also brings in the tenants of the wabi-sabi worldview, which is all about embracing transience and imperfection. Scandinavian design is a branch of Mid-Century style, featuring clean lines and minimalism in a cozy, informal, and inviting setting.

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As a style, Japandi was born by combining Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian modernism. It was a natural combination, as these two styles already have great harmony and synergy. At its core, it’s a style that’s all about relaxation and using tactile and visual elements to create soothing sensations. The feeling this design style evokes is similar to that you get when going to a spa. Think of it: the fluffy robes, the essential oil-filled air, the tactile sensation of relaxation. That’s the vibe this style brings to life.

Want to learn more about the history of Mid-Century Modern design and where Scandinavian and Japanese design fit into this style? Listen to episode 3 of our podcast!

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What are the key elements of the Japandi style?

Practically speaking, Japandi interior design comes to life through textures, finishes, and styling. You’ll see a lot of natural elements in Japandi spaces, like raw, live-edge woods and leathers that feature a relaxed patina. Other natural materials are also big here—like jute, cane, and even iron and other metals. The use of earth tones helps promote that warm and zen vibe, helping promote a feeling of calm when you enter a Japandi space.

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And, since this is a more minimalist style, you’ll notice plenty of clean and elegant lines in furniture and decor. Function and ease of use are very important when bringing this style to life, so an uncluttered space with simple, minimal styling is essential. With that, artwork tends to be abstract, and if there are patterns, they tend to be fluid and repetitive, so as to not take over the space or make too bold of a statement.

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Why is Japandi design trending right now?

Japandi style is all about creating a serene, elegant, and relaxing space that’s filled with ease. We’re seeing a lot of decor trends right now that are more about ornamental detail and flash. (Think: Cottagecore, Grandmillenial, and even Regencycore, thanks to the Netflix show Bridgerton!) These styles are all a bit more loud, bright, and busy. Japandi style is on the complete opposite end of the style spectrum—and it’s our belief that this style is rising in popularity almost as a reaction to those brighter trends, as well as the uncertainty of this last year. We’re seeing a surge in people looking for more calm and serene interiors.

It’s worth noting that this style is nothing new—it’s simply experiencing a resurgence in popularity. As a style, it’s been around since the mid-century, but today’s version is being remixed into the trend sphere with new elements, like cane, which is very popular right now, as well as more organic approaches to mid-century design.

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In general, calming styles are always more popular during times of chaos or strife—so, it makes sense that now is the moment that Japandi style came back onto the trend scene, considering the social, political, and economic environment we’re in right now. There’s a lot of chaos and uncertainty in the world, and people are looking to create pockets of calm in their homes.

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How to Get the Japandi Look

Want to try out Japandi design and create a calming, soothing atmosphere in your home? Here are our tips on how to get the look, as well as some great minimalist design ideas.

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1. Start with a Neutral Base

Since Japandi design is all about creating a sense of peace and calm in your home, we recommend starting with a neutral color base—from furniture to wall color. In a Japandi space, Swiss Coffee from Benjamin Moore is our favorite neutral wall color, since it’s a warm and inviting tone that’s not as crisp and cold as a bright white. But that doesn’t mean you have to go for all light neutrals. You can switch it up with darker earth tones on walls or upholstery as a way to add more visual warmth to your space.

From there, think in color layers. Layering in multiple shades of one color, like we did in this living room, will help create depth and contrast in a neutral space. You can also accent your neutrals with natural wood tones and pops of charcoal or black in your accent decor. This can show up in an iron end table, darker upholstery on your bed linens, or even in your rugs or wall art.

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2. Bring in Natural Wood Tones

Natural wood tones help bring warmth into a Japandi space. When picking out furniture, like tables and chairs, as well as accent decor, look for warm or light wood tones. You can even consider mixing wood tones to bring additional depth to your space.

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3. Layer in Cozy Natural Textures

Natural materials are a great way to bring visual texture and depth to your space when decorating with Japandi style. Layering in natural textures such as a jute pouf or woven wool blankets and throws will help bring in some coziness to your space!

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4. Go for Low-Profile Furniture

Lower profile furniture will help your space feel larger, airier, and brighter—which helps give the illusion of a more minimalist space. So, choose beds, sofas, and chairs with simple, clean lines. You could also consider beds and sofas that have legs and are lifted slightly off the ground to further drive home that light and airy vibe.

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5. Invest in Cozy, Plush Materials

When it comes to furniture in a Japandi space, prioritize comfort. Imagine your home as a retreat and choose furniture pieces to reflect that. You want furniture that you can sink into and get really comfortable—furniture that you can curl up on at the end of a long day and recenter yourself and relax.

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6. Reduce Clutter

In Japandi design, you want to pare back your shelves and furniture surfaces to reduce visual clutter. Keep decor like picture frames, trinkets, or nonessential items to a minimum. But just remember—this doesn’t mean you’ll have a boring space! Quite the opposite, in fact. Rather than using objects as ornamentation in your space, you can think of materials as ornamentation—like the texture a cane chair brings to a space or the organic texture and shape of a floral arrangement.

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7. Add in Natural Pops of Greenery

We all know that plants make us happier (and up the quality of oxygen in our homes). So it makes sense that incorporating plant life into a Japandi space is an absolute must for a style that’s all about calm and relaxation. Would a spa be complete without some pops of natural greenery? No—and neither would a Japandi space! Plus, plants are a great way to add texture, color, and a bit of ornamentation without adding more “stuff” to your 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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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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7 Tips to Bring Hygge Style to Life In Your Home

As the weather starts cooling off in many places around the country, our desire for comfort and coziness tends to increase. Do you know what that means? It’s time to get your hygge on!

This year, it may be more important than ever to learn to celebrate life’s simple pleasures and prioritize comfort. With our homes becoming where we’re living so much of our lives these days, we’re seeking comfort and coziness like never before—and rightfully so!

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What is Hygge?

What is hygge (pronounced hue-gah), exactly? It’s a Danish concept that’s all about embracing life’s simple pleasures, with a focus on comfort. It’s a fundamental part of the Danish culture—and really, Scandinavian culture at large. Though it’s something Scandinavians embrace year-round, it’s especially important for them to prioritize hygge in the long, dark months of winter, where the days are short and the nights feel long.

And a lot of what it looks like to celebrate a sense of hygge at home has to do with interior design and decorative elements. So, there’s no better place to look for inspiration than Scandinavian interior design. Scandinavian room design is all about beauty, simplicity, and functionality—often through a celebration of natural materials. Homes decorated with a Scandinavian aesthetic are light and bright, simple and uncluttered. But with this leaning toward minimalism, there’s also a deep sense of coziness and livability. So, there are some definite rustic design ideas at play, especially in the materials. In Scandinavian style, the furniture itself features natural materials like stone, woven materials, and light wood finishes. And all of these design features are a great place to start when it comes to incorporating elements of hygge into your home.

How to Get the Hygge Look in Your Home

Ready to incorporate some hygge into your own home? We’re breaking down the key elements of hygge interior design and how you can both embrace the mentality and get it in your own space!

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1. Create a Sense of Calm

Hygge is all about comfort and coziness. To create a sense of calm in your home, start with a neutral color palette that is high-contrast. Take a cue from Scandinavian interior design and opt for bright whites and lots of natural light, which will make it easier to relax. But to keep this high-contrast palette from feeling too bold, incorporate browns and off-whites to help soften the feel of the room.

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2. Layer Textures and Materials

When it comes to choosing furniture, materials, and design elements, a hygge home calls for rustic materials in simple forms. Natural woods add a rustic, homey flair and create a sense of bringing the outdoors in. But make sure these pieces are clean-lined with a focus on practicality and comfort. Adding plush and textural elements around will balance out clean-lined furniture and create a warm sensory experience. Faux-fur pillows, woven area rugs, knit tapestries, and sheepskin throws add coziness and texture to all levels of the space.

But there are tons of other rustic textures at play in this space too—smooth leather, heavy drapery, shiplap, brick, layered rugs, woven baskets. All of this layering adds visual interest and pulls you into the space.

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3. Embrace Simplicity

When it comes to styling bookcases and tabletops, keep things simple and cater to the sweet delights of home—with books and plants, and perhaps a few baskets for small organizations. Not only does this simplicity help bring in that Scandinavian, minimalist aesthetic, but it promotes relaxation by keeping your space uncluttered. But you can also layer in cozy decor

that focuses on comfort—like vases for flowers, poufs for kicking up your feet, and trays for your coffee or tea. While simplicity is key to this look, adding moments of joy and delight are just as important!

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4. Establish Some Ambiance

When it comes to embracing hygge, it’s important to remember that fireplaces and candles aren’t just for decoration. For some major cozy vibes and ambiance, you have to light them! In this living room, the fireplace is the main focal point of the space. Celebrate that by lighting a fire on cool evenings, and cozying up with a book on the sofa or piling floor cushions and poufs on the floor in front of the fireplace and chatting with a loved one. If you don’t want to worry about cleaning the flue, or if your fireplace isn’t sound, you could always layer in a collection of large pillar candles and light them as a pseudo-fireplace that still adds a cozy element to the space!

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5. Create Cozy Corners

We love the idea of creating smaller moments of coziness within a larger space. So, whether it’s in a bedroom, den, or a living room as pictured above, create a cozy corner for some solo relaxation. Start with a chair where you can curl up. We opted for one that’s a mix of Scandinavian and Rustic design, with a clean and simple Mid-Century frame and rustic, black worn leather cushions—great for a hygge-style living room. We layered a faux sheepskin rug underneath for keeping your toes cozy and warm, and surrounded it with baskets, books, and candles to add to the sense of coziness. This creates a special space to sit that feels almost cocooned within the larger room.

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6. Gather Around the Table

Making food and gathering for meals is a wonderful way to celebrate life’s simple pleasures and embrace hygge year-round. So, giving some special attention to your dining area is key. An intimate and approachable dining area might look different for everyone—but we opted to lean on a Scandinavian design aesthetic for this space as a nod to Danish living. The table is modern and clean-lined, but with antiqued metal framing and a natural wood finish. The wishbone chairs with woven seats add that hygge textural element in the signature Scandinavian maple wood. The woven pendant adds another simple but textural element, while—along with the hutch— also adding contrast to the space. Everything is clean-lined and purposeful—all about adding small elements of joy to the space.

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7. Center Yourself with Coziness and Warmth

To add coziness and warmth, we layered in a small sheepskin rug under the table, hung heavy drapery on the windows, and added plenty of candles on the table. The table setting may seem busy at first glance, but the wooden serving bowls and simple dinnerware are practical but considered, and the candles and greenery add ambiance. In a hygge home, a dining room’s design is all about centering yourself around the meal and conversation happening at the table—whether you’re entertaining or just enjoying a family meal.

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Modsy Collections: The Mod Collector





Introducing Collections!

We are excited to introduce our new Collection Series! In this series we will be presenting a variety of styled collections carefully curated for you to discover new products, makers, and styles you’ll love. Look out for the new collections here on the blog or sign up to have design inspiration delivered directly to your inbox.

If you find an item you love (or are taken by the entire collection) but aren’t quite sure how it could work in your home, Modsy is here for you! When you purchase a Modsy design package you can see exactly how any of our featured collections would translate into your own space. Just imagine the possibilities!


Our first featured collection is based on one of our most popular style guide categories, the Mod Collector. The Mod Collector blends together a mix of classic mid-century modern pieces with accessories that showcase unique personality and taste.

This collection presents the Mod Collector sensibility, but with a Minimalist styling. Inspired by a modern Scandinavian feel, the pieces are characterized by a pared down palette of neutral blacks, whites, and creams with accents of natural wood and leather to add a bit of warmth and depth to the space. There is a lovely simplicity and brightness to the collection, managing to strike that tricky balance between a living space that is both sophisticated and inviting.

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