Scandinavian Décor: How to Achieve

Scandinavian Décor: How to Achieve

A Scandinavian style décor is the perfect combination of modern and comfort. It’s amazing how a room can look, at the same time, crisp and cosy.

When thinking of Scandinavian décor you probably remember of IKEA right away. But the truth is that creating this type of décor takes more than just filling your house with IKEA furniture.

Obviously, if you are on a budget (and even if you are not) IKEA would be the easiest way to start, as they are a Swedish company and all of their furniture is Scandinavian style.

But having Scandinavian style furniture is not the only element to creating a Scandinavian décor, there are a few other tricks to take into consideration:


Wall Colour, Materials and Finishes

To create a Scandinavian design, first of all think of cool tones, freshness, simplicity and bright spaces.

You might want to consider painting (or leaving) your walls white. If you look at pictures of Scandinavian interior design you will notice that 90% of these spaces have white walls.

You can also consider light grey and in some cases darker colours such as dark grey, black or dark blue. But keep in mind that these darker colours should always have a cool undertone and that if you use them, you might need to consider furniture and furnishings with light colours.

Now that you have established your wall colour, you will notice that Scandinavian homes also have white doors and windows. Again, there could be exceptions, but this will give a clean and fresh feel to your home.

Now, you don’t need to go changing your doors and windows, most door and window finishes can be painted. Just make sure you use the correct type of paint for the material.

In terms of flooring, you will notice that almost all Scandinavian designs include wood floors. These bring warmth to a room and makes it look more cosy. But again, cool tones are key. You will rarely see darker wood floors or with a warm undertone.

If your floor doesn’t fit into this description and you don’t have the budget to change the entire floor of your house or room, there is something very simple that you can do and that is actually the next step to achieving this type of décor, whether or not you have the right kind of flooring.



Rugs are essential to Scandinavian décor, it can be used to cover your less attractive floor or simply to add texture, warmth and again, comfort.

When choosing a rug, you can either let your imagination go wild, if you are confident you know what you are doing, or you can play safe.

You can easily play with patterns, textures and colours, but be careful to keep in mind how it contributes to the overall look you want to achieve. If you want to play it safe, make sure to choose a light colour, preferably one colour only, maybe creams or grey.


I mentioned rugs first in the sake of making a point of how it could be a great solution to cover your floor. But the truth is, you will probably choose a sofa first.

The easiest way to make sure your sofa will suit your Scandinavian décor is to preferably get a white/cream, grey or black sofa. Also, get a relatively modern looking sofa with simple and straight lines.


When it comes to choosing what furniture to get, you have a lot of options. You can get white furniture or maybe with different wood finishes, you can also get some made of metal or stone…or mix it all together! Don’t be afraid to mix furniture, you don’t always need to get it in a set!

Like you did with the sofa, give preference to straight lines when choosing your furniture.

Finishing Touches

In a Scandinavian house you will almost always find plants, they bring nature into the inside while adding some colour to your décor.

Create a gallery wall. You can use different prints or pictures with lots of colour but give preference to black or white frames.

You can also use frames with different colours as long as they have a simple and lean shape.

Scandinavian décor is all about texture. You can add blankets, faux fur and fluffy cushions.

Give it some colour. As explained previously, this way of styling your home is all about whites, greys, cool toned wood, etc. In the end you will be left with a pretty much monochromatic room and the only touch of colour will be added by plants.

Choose one or two colours to use as accents. You can add that touch of colour with your cushions, blankets, maybe your rug, pictures, objects…there is an infinity of ways to do it.

Keep clutter to a minimum. Actually, this is good advice for any kind of décor, but Scandinavian décor is all about white, clean and fresh. If you have your furniture or shelves full of disorganised clutter, you most definitely won’t achieve the style you are looking for.

So, as you can tell, there is much more to achieving a Scandinavian style décor than just going to IKEA and getting a bunch of stuff without putting some consideration into it. It is much more than just the furniture you buy, its about how you combine it and choose to style it.

In summary, if you are in doubt, always opt for whites and greys. Make sure to include wood and plants to bring nature into the modern. And add texture by adding fluffy and cosy textiles.

In the end make sure to include a few items that will add some colour to your design.


Have fun decorating!


(All images from Pinterest)

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