Out of the many different interior design themes, the Scandinavian theme is one of the pre-eminent ones.

The origin of this school of design dates back to the mid 1950’s.

Scandinavian living room with white walls, grey sofa, blonde wooden flooring, pastel colors modern art painting on the wall.

According to Wikipedia “Scandinavian design is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism, and functionality that emerged in the early 20th century, and subsequently flourished in the 1950s throughout the five Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland.”

Simplicity, functionality and improving daily life is the core essence of this design concept.

There are a few specific elements that you can never miss when you enter a Scandinavian design themed home. Here are a few of them for you:

Characteristic elements of Scandinavian interiors

1. Use of muted colors

Liberal use of neutral colors like white, black, and grey is one of the key features of Scandi homes.

Since this concept originated from cold countries where the nights are long and dark, use of muted colors become more of a necessity to keep the interiors bright and uniform.

So if you ever want to design your home along these lines, don’t forget to paint your walls white or grey.

Color palette which represents Scandinavian colors

2. Big windows for natural lighting

For the same reason mentioned above, Scandinavians always preferred having huge windows to soak in as much natural light as they can.

Another interesting point to note is they seldom used any curtains or blinds around these windows.

For those of you who are not from this part of the world, and yet you want this design theme, you can use thin sheers for privacy.

Use of big windows for natural lighting in a Nordic living room

3. Use of blonde color wood

Light-colored wood like hickory, maple, red alder, birch are very common in this design style.

These colors blends in very smoothly with whites and grays by keeping the interiors as bright as posssible.

Use of blonde color wood in Scandi homes

4. Introduce one contrast color

With all the above three points making the place bright and comfortable, its time to introduce one bold contrast color.

The most commonly used contrast color is black. Either through a statement pendant light above the dining or as the window frame to those huge windows or at any other place you can think of. Black is a statement color and breaks the monotony.

Dark navy blue and dark green are also used as contrast colors.

Bold contrast color used in Scandinavian design home

5. Simple and functional furniture

You will not fail to notice the simplicity and practicality of the furniture the minute you enter a Scandinavian home.

No ornamental or flashy colors, its all too simple and clean lines.

Scandinavian furniture design

6. Cozy textures and multiple layers

As we are talking about the interiors of cold countries, you will notice the use of cozy materials like fur and wool very often.

These are used in the form of pillows, cushions, throws and rugs.

There is always more than one layer of soft furnishing on the bed and sofa.

The overall look is very cozy and welcoming.

Cozy Scandi bedroom with multiple layers of blankets

7. Hygge chairs and Cooee design ball vase

Your Scandinavian home is incomplete without a Hyggee chairs and Cooee design ball vases.

These two are in a way a representatives of Nordic countries.

Hygge chair and Cooee ball vase

Interesting things about Scandinavian countries

1️⃣ The world-famous furniture store Ikea is a Swedish company which was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943.

2️⃣ The LEGO inventors got started in Denmark in 1932 manufacturing not LEGO blocks but step ladders.

3️⃣ Hygge: a very cool Danish word for the quality of coziness which is feeling warm, comfortable, and safe that comes from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family.

4️⃣ Kaare Klint, Poul Henningsen, Josef Frank, Arne Jacobsen (Egg Chair) are some of the most renowned furniture designers from Scandinavian countries.

Arne Jacobsen's egg chair

5️⃣ Plus sign is used in one way or other in Scandinavian interior design.

That’s all folks! Now that you know what is a Scandinavian theme is, do you like it? Would you like to adopt some of the ideas into your home? I’m sure it’ll turn out great!

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Scandinavian dining room
<strong>Manasa Bharadwaj</strong>
Manasa Bharadwaj

Manasa is the founder and principal designer, at Ambiance Design Studio.

She is also a home decor blogger, who is on a mission to help homeowners to beautify their homes with her easy home improvement tips.