At Furniture Wizard, we love Scandinavian-style design and if you're here, you probably do too. In fact, you've probably heard the term used so many times that you've started wondering what exactly it refers to. So what is it? And how do you achieve this look in your home?
What is Scandinavian style?
Some of it is pretty easy to pick up. You'll consistently see white walls, wood floors and modern furniture, but there's a lot more to the story. Scandinavian style includes a wide range of design choices that tilt back to the end of the 19th century, but really took hold since the 1950s. So you're never really restricted with this interior design choice.
It's a popular style, probably due to the strong contrast of white and wood grain features and it's a more natural-looking alternative to the frequent black and white colour schemes that are so popular at the moment.
Key designers: Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Arnio and Ingvar Kamprad (the founder of IKEA)
Scandinavian style is a timeless look often characterised by:
- Open, minimalist spaces with few accessories
- Light and muted colours and plenty of natural light
- Practical and efficient furniture that serves a purpose
The style celebrates nature and brings in the outdoors with timber accents. You're looking for matte and natural finishes, light wood grain flooring and features. Indoor plants and minimal accessories finish the look.
Dressing Your Space
1. Start with a clean slate
Throw everything out! The key to the style is open, natural spaces with plenty of light. So start with a blank canvas before layering furniture and decor.
If you're really committed, give the walls a fresh coat of white paint. You probably won't regret that either way.
2. Add furniture
Many of our pieces are inspired by the iconic work of Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen. If you need to update your furniture, we have a great range of pieces that scream luxurious Scandinavian design at a fraction of the cost. But to be honest, any minimalist, light and natural wood grain furniture can work.
You're looking for simple timber pieces, often with lighter coloured upholstery. A couple of natural wood and white pieces can really set off your space. Keep it functional and select pieces that offer practical storage.
3. Start layering
Layering is an art form. You may want to start with a few geometric pieces and pendant lighting. Look for decor and soft furnishings that use natural materials. Use functional pieces, such as books to create a usable and livable space.
When it comes to couches and chairs, use linen, cotton or wool knit throws and cushions in a range of textures. The textures create interest and contrast. You may want to add a cowhide rug, a linen throw and some textured cushions.
While blacks, whites and greys dominate Scandi interiors, they are rarely monochromatic. Add colour through cushions and accessories.
4. Add a rug
Layering applies to the floor too. Few Scandi rooms are without a floor rug! So look at what works in your space. You might consider a black and white geometric or a chunky wool knitted rug like this one.
5. Add greenery
A plant or two really sets off the space. Find yourself some hard-to-kill indoor plants. You'll want to consider hardy indoor varieties, such as Succulents, Peace Lilys, Golden Pothos, Mother in Law's Tongue and Dracaena.
A splash of greenery really provides the finishing touch for any Scandinavian-style room.
Once you're done, don't forget to review. Less is more, so make sure to remove any pieces that don't work or that make the space feel overly cluttered or colourful.
This look is clean, natural and comfortable. If you want a head start creating this look in your home, check out the range of Scandinavian-style furniture at Furniture Wizard.