Design Secrets To A Bright and Spacious Home

Get the sophisticated and relaxed taste of Scandi decor with these tips

Photography: One Kindesign (Main Photo)

There's something about the use of clean lines and neutral colors in Scandinavian spaces that attracts many homeowners to it. More commonly known as the Swedish style, this type of decor is easy to spot because it is quite simple and straightforward. 

Don't be quick to assume it's boring, though. When paired with the right colors, it can have a surprising playfulness to it that you can't compare with other styles. Achieve a similar look with these tips: 

1. Go light and neutral. 

Natural light is fleeting in Scandinavia, so the Swedes generally eliminate dark and heavy colors from their palette. Signature colors include white, light blue, creamy yellow, foggy gray, and misty green. 

2. Keep it straight. 

Most Swedish furniture is based on clean, straight lines. Juxtapose lines with gentle, softly sweeping curves.

3. Knock on wood. 

Sweden has many forests, making wood a popular material. Finishes of birch, white pine, beech, and alder are typically used. These are usually stained in light finish or painted white. 

4. Patterns, patterns everywhere!

A Swedish trademark would be a vibrant floral pattern set against a plain white background with accents of red, blue and yellow. Many Scandinavian fabrics have this type of pattern, as seen in the textiles of Josef Frank (in photo above), and Marimekko.

5. Go easy on the knickknacks.

Since it’s all about clean silhouettes, shy away from big and bulky decor pieces that can draw a lot of attention. If you want to use prints, stick to small items like throws, pillows or carpets. 



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This article ("Swedish By Design") originally appeared in the January-February 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine. Main photo by One Kindesign.

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