8 Minutes Read. Published 14 Apr 2023

Don’t know where to begin but want to incorporate the Scandinavian interior design style? This article will be covering all the latest trends for a Scandinavian styled home but also the core ideas of the style!

In 2023, we’ll be free to explore fresh and new concepts of the Scandinavian interior design style, but still adhering to the core ideas of the style. Let’s also discuss the fundamental concepts of Scandinavian design so that you will never go wrong as long as you keep these concepts in mind while freshening up your home.

1. Vibrant Colours

It’s all about bringing in vibrant colours to your space in 2023, but not just any colours, red and blue is getting increasingly popular in Scandinavian interior design style. You may be excited to add these colours to your space, but always make sure to use these colours in accent like in lamps, decorations, pillows, or other small furnishings. This would blend in with the muted and grey undertone colours of the original style.

2. Nature Comes Indoors


As the world becomes more aware of the changing environment and becoming eco-friendly, people are shifting their attention to warm tones and natural elements. So we are not surprised that incorporating natural wood everywhere is an increasing trend! 

We embrace recycled and handcrafted goods as a sign of the eco-friendly design approach. One example would be incorporating indoor plants to your home. Other ways include incorporating it for your countertops, cabinets, flooring and even accent decor. The rustic look of the wood also suits the core fundamental concept of Scandinavian interior design as wood is often used to build Nordic homes.

3. Bringing The Past To The Present


As more and more people gravitate towards vintage pieces, decorating with these pieces is back as there is a nostalgic appeal. Interior design styles are also starting to take inspiration from the 60s to 90s to blend the vintage pieces together with the Scandinavian style. 

Using warm saturated colours like browns, reds, and oranges muted hues gives a warm and joyful touch of surrealism like no other. Abstract shapes are also a must! Incorporate bulbous shapes through your furniture to give an eclectic look while maintaining a sense of comfort.

4. Let The Light In


Health and wellbeing is a major concern these days due to the recent pandemic event, as more people are spending time indoors more often than not, we start to find an importance in getting some natural sunlight into our homes. 

If you want to create an alluring and warm space to Scandinavian style, clear and large windows are the way to let in as much natural light as possible. By letting in more natural light, your room will feel vitalising, or even calming and intimate. Furthermore, it adds a sense of comfort and ultimately, contributes to improving both your physical and mental health.


5. Organic Patterns


With the shift of popularity towards more nature inspired details, people are starting to embrace organic patterns like geometric shapes, stripes or floral to give their home a unique flair. If you’re feeling intimidated by adding a bold pattern to your home, start by trying out something more subtle like a collage of display prints as displayed above.


6. Flow Like Water


Scandinavian interiors have evolved to aim at evoking calmness. One way is to bring subtle water features into our homes to create peaceful and tranquil living spaces. Water, waves or the sea has become a never-ending design and art inspiration as the ocean soothes and de-stimulates our brains, the mere sight of water can induce relaxation. One easy way you jump in on this trend is getting wave-inspired coasters like the image above!

7. Using Different Textures


The best materials for Scandinavian styles are wood, leather, mohair, sheepskin, and cashmere. One common feature of these materials is that they give off a sense of cosiness and comfort, the ‘Hygge’ philosophy comes into play in this aspect. Experimenting with different textures adds an intriguing touch in your home design and you can incorporate it through carpets, curtains, bed linens, and more!
Foundation of Scandinavian Style

A key component where Scandinavian interior design was born from is the concept of ‘Hygge’. Sound unfamiliar? This term originates from Nordic homes emphasising on simplicity and functionality while maintaining a minimal aesthetic. Traditional Scandinavian homes share this fundamental quality. 

There are five main aesthetic factors to look into when considering interior design, they are space, colours, textures, furniture, and lighting. We will talk about these factors in application to Scandinavian interior design core concepts.

Space: Light and clutter free spaces that are not overly ornate, maintaining a balance of space between furniture and decor is vital in Scandinavian minimalism. It brings a sense of peace, and gives a home vitality without being chaotic or cluttered.

Colours: Inspired by the environment of Nordic countries, colour schemes tend to lean towards whites, greys, blacks and muted blues like the countries’ wintry skies and landscapes.

Textures: Soft textiles like cotton throw blankets and carpets are commonly used as it gives a sense of warmth and cosiness which is a key feature of ‘Hygge’.

Furniture: Organic, raw and natural materials like wood are often used to create furniture for Scandinavian interior design to reflect the relationship between Nordic countries and nature. Form follows function when it comes to furniture, everything used should be functional.

Lighting: For Scandinavian interior design, lighting is usually characterised by clean lines and to give off a warm and diffused light similar to a candlelight rather than harsh lighting like direct sunlight. It is important to opt for strategically placed lighting on tables or floors rather than excessive lighting. If you do opt for ceiling lights, make sure to keep it subdued.

Now that we have talked about the fundamental concepts of Scandinavian design, you can let your creative juices flow and apply the trends with the core concepts of the Scandinavian style and you will never go wrong!

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