Today we’ll show you some examples of beautiful Scandinavian interior design and identify the key features that make it one of the most popular styles out there.

In nordic countries like Sweden, Norway and Finland winters are long and dark, that’s why Scandinavian interiors are typically painted white to help keep spaces bright. When colors are used they’re kept soft and understated to keep the entire space feeling cohesive, uniform, and bright.

 

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Designed by Norm.Architects. Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Carpet has never been a popular thing in Scandinavian style. Instead, wood flooring is often used throughout homes and is sometimes softened with rugs or sheepskins.

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Designed by SHIALICE. Photography by Monica Wang Photography.

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Designed by Clare Cousins Architects. Photography by Lisbeth Grosmann.

Whether it’s on the floor, on the walls, used to make cupboards or toys, Scandinavian design includes a lot of wood. But not just any wood will do. In keeping with their light theme, the woods used in Scandinavian design are usually light woods, like beech, ash, and pine.

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Styling and photography by Riikka Kantinkosko for Finnish Design Shop.
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Designed by Coco Lapine Design.

Traditionally, many Scandinavian homes were very small and didn’t allow for excessive amounts of stuff. While homes are being built larger now and there’s more room for things, the idea of keeping a space free of clutter and mess has remained an important aspect of Scandinavian design.

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Designed by Coco Lapine Design.
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Interior design and photography by Nina Holst of Stylizimo.

Related to keeping a space clutter free is the idea of owning less to begin with. Decor is kept to a minimum in Scandinavian design. Bare walls and empty spaces are not shied away from.

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Melo Studio styling by Pella Hedeby. Photography by Sara Medina Lind.

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Because it’s dark so much of the year in Scandinavian countries, natural light is an important thing to try and maximize. If any window treatments are used at all, sheer or translucent ones are favored to let in as much light as possible.

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Styled by Asa Copparstad for Fantastic Frank. Photography by Anna Malmberg.
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Design and photography by Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle

To help brighten up spaces and to bring in some life, plants are found in plenty of Scandinavian homes.

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Original article: Contemporist 

SEE ALSO: PORTSEA MODERN HOME AND FAMILY ESCAPE BY MIM DESIGN 

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