12 Ideas to Bring Scandinavian Style to Your Home {Part 1}

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I know you guys love Swedish style and

Scandinavian interior design inspiration

as much as I do so we’re going to

explore Pinworthy design moments

and tease apart details we can

incorporate into our own

spaces to add touches of lovely.

 

What makes me an expert on Scandi?

Nothing in terms of formal education,

travel, or study of rules…ummm, I have

more Irish blood than Swedish.

I’m an artist, a self-taught decorator,

and a passionate student of design.

The opinions I express flow from a genuine

admiration and love for Scandi everything

as well as a half century of experience

of being surrounded by the

beautiful culture, aesthetic, and

souls who immigrated from the region.

 

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Reflections on Swedish Interiors

 

What makes this design style so special?

It’s a subjective matter, but for me,

it’s the sort of environment that feels

dreamy, pure, and clean, with plenty

of fresh air to breathe and dream in.

 

It feels collected, authentic, and effortlessly

undone, whether it is interpreted with

a modern aesthetic or a vintage one.

 

“A well-designed Swedish room, whether an antique-filled country home or a contemporary industrial loft space, has a calm and feel-good quality that literally permeates the atmosphere. ” (From Reflections on Swedish Interiors)

 

What sort of personality fits well with it?

Since Scandinavian style can be interpreted

in any number of ways, I would imagine

it could be a great fit for many different

personalities…it can be feminine and a

little dressy, sophisticated and posh,

or totally laid back and boho.

 

If you need a lot of bold color in your life,

you are likely not drawn to this design style,

and sames goes if you can’t bear the thought

of painted, not stained wood.

 

There’s a sensibility Scandinavians possess

which gets echoed in their interiors so it

may be especially appealing to the more

sensible among us.

 

Without further adieu, here are ideas for you

to bring Scandinavian style to your home.

 

Images: Pinterest

 

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1.

PAINT YOUR WALLS A SOOTHING SHADE

Try a Swedish style inspired wall color

like these suggested by House Beautiful:

 

Farrow & Ball: PAVILION BLUE 252

BLUE GRAY 91

SKYLIGHT 205

GRAY 242

LAMP ROOM GRAY 88

Sherwin Williams: ONLY NATURAL SW 7596

SLEEPY BLUE SW-6225

SENSIBLE HUE SW-6198

C2 Paint: Pavement C2-988

Donald Kaufman Color: DKC-67

DKC-6

 

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Breathtaking beautiful Swedish style interior design with calm, peaceful decor - found on Hello Lovely Studio
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2.

PAINT A VINTAGE CUPBOARD OR CHAIR

Swedish style is about celebrating and claiming

as much light as possible since long Northern

winters can lower the mood.

 

Painting a dark wood piece a light tone

can lift the spirit of a room and also

add instant age.

 

Swedish country style is also about a more

informal vibe, and painting a fancy or

a too fussy piece can instantly take it

from formal to laid back.

 

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3.

RESTRAIN THE PALETTE.

By limiting a room’s palette, one can

maximize the sense of tranquility

and calm in the interior design and

often achieve a sense of sophistication.

 

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Breathtaking beautiful Swedish style interior design with calm, peaceful decor - found on Hello Lovely Studio
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4.

LOOK FOR FURNITURE WITH SIMPLE LINES

Forget heavy ornamentation and fancy details.

For a calm, serene, Scandi-lovely feel,

seek furnishings that are on the plain side

and are more sensible than show-offy.

 

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5.

TRY CHECKS ON A FLOOR OR FABRIC.

Whether it’s gingham or buffalo checks,

a pretty two-toned check fabric for

upholstery and linens adds beautiful

Scandinavian style country charm

in its innocence and simplicity.

 

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6.

UNIFY FURNISHINGS WITH WHITE PAINT.

The best rooms look collected over time,

and for Swedish style, it’s possible to

unify pieces that don’t match and that

hail from varying eras.

 

Transforming multiple furnishings with

white paint is an economical way to

achieve a cohesive, calm look for

very little cash and labor.

 

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7.

SKIP THE WINDOW DRESSING.

To allow a maximum amount of natural

light to flood your room, consider leaving

windows free of curtains or heavy dressing

if privacy is not an issue.

 

The Swedes are masters of working with

precious sunlight, and as the light entering

a room changes throughout the day,

so does the room’s character and interest.

 

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8.

EXPLOIT THE REFLECTIVE

PROPERTIES OF MIRROR AND GLASS.

Whether it’s glass panes on a vintage hutch

or crystals twinkling from a chandelier,

introducing glass to bounce the light around

creates a sense of lightness and airiness.

 

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Breathtaking beautiful Swedish style interior design with calm, peaceful decor - found on Hello Lovely Studio
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9.

CONSIDER A LIGHTER KITCHEN.

Whether it is adding open shelving to keep

dishes and essentials within arms reach or

designing a mostly white kitchen,

a Scandi-style kitchen feels clean,

pure, and cozy.

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Interior Design Inspiration: Scandinavian Style Decor
Breathtaking beautiful Swedish style interior design with calm, peaceful decor - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Interior Design Inspiration: Scandinavian Style Decor

 

Do visit Part 2 for more

ideas to bring Scandinavian style

to your home…in the mean time,

have a look at this charming

Swedish modern farmhouse.

 

Peace to you right where you are.

 

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8 Comments

  1. August 10, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Me too a follower of Scandinavian style. Its a great post about Scandinavian style. I really like all the designs. Thanks for sharing!

    • August 11, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! 🙂

  2. August 10, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Total deliciousness, Michele! I'm a fan of simple Scandi. Thanks for showing us how to put it together 🌷

    • August 11, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      Thanks for reading, friend.

  3. August 10, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    This is what makes my heart sing! My love for Swedish style is unending.

    • August 11, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      Can't wait to share your work on the blog! 🙂

  4. August 10, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    It's so you Michele.
    I am so drawn to it myself, and one would say my home leans strongly in that direction with the exception of added French piece, yet those to have become a strong influence in a Scandinavian design style. With number 9. On your list? Don't you just love that center island? ; I know I sure do.
    Brooke and Steves home is a prime example of a healthy blend of both Nordic/French. This simple clean look is all that draws me in restfully resting my heart on its pure and goodness.

    Beautiful post.

    Xx
    Dore

    • August 11, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      I love all the French influence too, though I have been surrounded by Swedes my entire life so there's a strong affinity. Your blend of the Euro inspired lovely is a gorgeous one!

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