4 Ways to Make the Scandinavian Style Work

Simplicity, functionality, and beauty all rolled into one!


If you want a simple, functional, and beautiful home, you may want to consider going for the Scandinavian style. Originating from a design show that toured American and Canada in the 50s, Scandinavian design put functionality first without sacrificing aesthetic. You can achieve this look at home with a help of a few adjustments. Consider the four items below as guide:

Main photos from Decoholic and Home Designing.

Ensure functionality

A key feature of the Scandinavian design is the functionality of the pieces. Opt for double-duty furniture such as this breakfast table that also serves as extra storage. 

Photo from Decoholic.

Opt for clean lines

This design prefers clean and simple silhouettes over ornate ones. Choose furniture that has geometric angles but delicate curves. A great example would be Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair.

Photo from Adventurous Design Quest.

Add natural elements

Use wood and other natural elements when completing a Scandinavian style home. Light-colored wood is usually preferred because they bounce off light better than their darker counterparts.

Photo from Home Designing.

Choose white or muted colors for your walls

Set the mood of your home by opting for white walls. Modern Scandinavian interiors also use muted colors like pale blue and dove grey. Spice things up with pops of solid colors here and there.

Photo from Behance.

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