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Top 10 tips for creating a cozy Scandinavian home

Natalia Kolomiets

Published on March 09 2020

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Keep it simple

When it comes to design rules, Scandinavians don't have access to just one. However among these there are a few things you can keep in mind. Their distinctive design guideline is to pull back and keep things simple. Scandinavians are famous for keeping their homes simple and pared down. Keep decorative accents simple, such as elegant ceramic vases with organic shapes.

Add warm textures

Most people think of minimalism in terms of Scandinavian design. This might seem cold if it weren't for the layers of texture, such as thick knitted blankets, sheepskin blankets, natural wood and leather.

Incorporating natural textures is a necessity, which is why wood furniture wooden furniture are a great addition, as are different natural textures such as sheepskin and linen. All of these add interest and warmth to the overall look. White or color blocked walls can be broken up with a gallery wall of favorite prints and photographs arranged in different frames, or a striking piece.

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Combines wood and metal

The Scandinavian design has always been known for its generous use of wood in structures and furniture, but recent trends incorporate metallic finishes such as copper and brass sconces. These elements blend together and add a bit of warm glow and brightness to the space for added dimension.

 Perfects the lived appearance

While the Scandinavian look has an obvious minimal feel, the key to making it feel warm rather than flat or clinical is to create a lifestyle. The key is to make the space feel lived in.


To embrace the quintessential higge appeal and simplistic Scandinavian style, stick to a relatively neutral palette. Think neutral, earthy and faded tones often associated with nature. Generally speaking, Scandinavians prefer to stick with earthy neutral colors such as white, off-white, grays and any shade that extends across the grayscale spectrum. In recent years, there has been a rise in decorative walls in dark blue, green, gray and even black, which do wonders for a cozy, cocoon-like space.

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Keep floors light

Natural or light-colored hardwood floors are another characteristic element of this decorating style. This provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere while making the home feel light and airy. One thing you won't see in Scandinavian design is wall-to-wall carpeting.

Clear the clutter

Probably the one golden rule of Scandinavian design is to keep your space free of clutter. "Less is more", make optimal use of storage spaces and most importantly, be prepared to let go of any unnecessary items that take up precious space. The result will be a more visually relaxing atmosphere that is sure to instantly reduce your stress levels. 

Limits window treatments

Because lighting is key and natural light is a rare commodity in fall and winter, the window is an important feature in any Scandinavian room, in order to let in as much light as possible.

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