For many of us who are from North America, when we think of Scandinavian designs I’m sure that the majority of us think of Ikea. While Ikea obviously sports a great collection of Scandinavian inspired pieces, there is so much more to this wonderful aesthetic.
I think why people often choose to create Scandinavian inspired interiors is because they feel so calming. Free of visual clutter, Scandinavian interiors can be identified based off of their super minimalistic designs, light and neutral colors, simple shapes and functional pieces, wooden furniture and accents, and of course, airy and empty spaces.
Having a Scandinavian inspired base for a room can be magnificent just on its own, or it can act as a great foundation to create something a little bit more decorative and exciting. Whatever you choose, the foyer is a great place to start out with your Scandinavian-inspired interior.
The foyer is a very important room in the home. While I argue that the kitchen is the most important room in the home, the foyer may stand at a close second. This is because it’s the first and last thing that you and your guests see when they enter your home. The foyer sets the tone for the rest of the mood of the home, and if that tone possesses the calmness and clarity of Scandinavian aesthetics, I’d say that’s a pretty good thing.
That’s why we’ve created this lovely little collection of 15 Splendid Scandinavian-Inspired Foyers. They’re here to help you along with your own home renovation projects, or they can just be something pretty and inspirational for you to look at!
1. The Museum Hall Foyer
Floors & Walls: I have a feeling that I’m going to be using the descriptor “simple” quite a bit in this collection, I may have to pull up a thesaurus to keep things a little bit interesting. All of these foyers are going to be simple, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not beautiful. There’s an elegance in simplicity, and we find that here with shining concrete floors and white walls.
Features: One very important aspect of Scandinavian designs is that they are functional, ergonomic, and quite clever when it comes to space. That’s why this built-in wooden shelving in this foyer is probably the most Scandinavian aspect of the room: it’s made from warm wood, it’s functional, but still very elegant.
Decor: We aren’t going to be seeing very much overt decoration in this collection, but we’ll get little subtle splashes of personality. In this room we have a few framed pieces of artwork to tinge the blank white walls. It is very Scandinavian for them to all be perfectly level with each other.
2. The Brick Room Foyer
Floors & Walls: This Scandinavian inspired foyer is so neutrally toned that it almost looks like this photo was taken with black and white film. Cool gray wood stain has been used for the floors, while rustic brick walls have been painted a cool white color.
It is said that a lot of Scandinavian inspiration comes from their natural landscape, so much of their interiors will match those cooler neutral tones and minimal visual stimulation.
Features: This is a rather extravagant foyer for what is to clearly be a rather extravagant home. We catch only glimpses of wide sets of stairs that guide you to more spacious interiors. High ceilings, skylights, and huge windows help create that airy and open feeling that many Scandinavian interiors possess.
Decor: Pendant lights are another common feature of Scandinavian designs, and we get a huge globe pendant light in the centre of the room. This matches the other dark accents in the room that we see with little baskets and pieces of art. Large woven baskets set on the ground give a nice bohemian warmth.
3. The Sunny Hallway
Floors & Walls: Switching gears a little bit with this interior, and showing that not all Scandinavian-inspired rooms have to possess that same cool undertone and stark designs. This bright and airy foyer starts with a portion of tiled floor and a portion of wooden floors, and a beautiful wooden staircase guides us towards white walls and high ceilings.
Features: This beautiful home features a wide front door with a warm and rustic wooden door to bring you into the home. A minimal built-in coat hanger and shoe rack provide that functionality, while neat glass blocks beside the front door provide privacy while still letting in some daylight.
Decor: This foyer is brightened up and made into an inviting space thanks to a bright blue patterned rug, a happy potted plant in a wicker picnic basket, and a tiny little framed piece of artwork that provides another splash of color.
This happy foyer was designed by Camera Lucida.
4. The Sauna Foyer
Floors & Walls: I really like this foyer because it makes me feel so curious about the rest of the home, which I think should be the main goal of a foyer! This one starts with some simple limestone tiling, but the rest of the foundation is made from warm wood that’s probably made from cedar, which really resembles a sauna! What could be more Scandinavian than a sauna, and what could be a better way to entice you into a room?
Features: An adorable little wooden sofa with pink cushions and a little quilt is the first thing that greets you in the home, coupled with a bright teal door. While the foundation is very Scandinavian inspired, these aspects are all very personal to the home owner.
Decor: This foyer is so wonderfully decorated, with happy potted plants, happy tapestries, and floating shelves with personal effects. While Scandinavian designs often don’t possess these characteristics, it’s very nice to see where the inspiration comes from, but adding your own personal flare to it.
This happy foyer was designed by 北欧 玄関.
5. The Simple Foyer
Floors & Walls: This foyer is on the more refined and elegant side of Scandinavian designs, featuring a stunning stone floor that has been impeccably shined, and contrasted by white walls, ceilings, and trim. Windows on either side of the front door are letting sunlight blast through and it’s refracting off of the shining floors to create quite a show of light and shadows.
Features: This room is very minimally featured, save for a small black leather bench that is perfect for tying your shoes.
Decor: I think that the most important aspect of decoration in this room is the deep red door. Though pops of color aren’t necessarily a Scandinavian-inspired characteristic, it’s not strictly prohibited either! A rustic light fixture brings a certain level of warmth while framed photos bring a touch of personality.
This simple but lovely foyer was designed by Energivillan Norden.
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8. The Playroom Foyer
Floors & Walls: This sweet little foyer is a great representation of mixing classic Scandinavian looks with a modern flare. Neutral toned tiles adorn the floor, but the front door area looks like it’s been decorated with some geometric tiles for a fun little pop of something. White walls leave room for tons of really cool built in features.
Features: There’s so much cool stuff going on in this space. A black door is dramatically contrasted against white walls, while the room divider features a corner gas stove (love) and a really cool built in bench for seating, but also a lovely little wooden gate room divider with little shelves built in. So neat!
Decor: This is a nicely decorated foyer, with happy little potted plants every surface that they could be set on, floating shelves with framed photographs, a patterned pillow for the bench, and another hanging plant just for good measure.
This sweet foyer was designed by Pauline Ferga – MH DECO Le Plessis-Trévise.
10. The Luxury Cabin Foyer
Floors & Walls: This is a rather impressively stunning room. While many of the others that we’ve seen in this collection are their own rooms, this foyer is more of an open space that lets you absorb the feeling of the rest of the home right away. Truly gorgeous hardwood floors start us off, while white walls are made special by a front door made of windows and framed with wooden trim.
Features: This open and airy space feels extra special simply because the entire home is special. Huge floor to ceiling walls bring an organic warmth to the clean and tidy interior. Matching leather chairs on either side of the door are both regal and inviting.
Decor: This amazing foyer feels a bit like a museum with its elegant and regality. It’s softened up a bit by a collection of lovely plants, gorgeous wooden walls (which feel very mid-century modern), a minimal wall clock, and tasteful framed artwork throughout. I think that this open concept space is one of my favorites.
This gorgeous and perfect foyer was designed by Архитектурное бюро Глушкова.
11. The Loft Foyer
Floors & Walls: Here is another superb example of a foyer that isn’t trying to be the most important room in the house, it’s simple the segue that guides you towards the rest of the beautiful home. This lofted foyer starts with some cream colored stone floors, that is matched with sandy stained wood wall panels and white walls as well.
Features: While there aren’t any features in the room, I find that the design of the lofted floor can be utile in its own right. The stairs can act as stools, or the ledge to the left of the stairs can be a bench. Smart and space saving!
Decor: This simple and tidy room becomes all the more inviting once you notice the brightly colored coat rack with a kid’s rain jacket hanging from it. These types of details always bring a little smile to ones face.
This sweet foyer was designed by Mailen Design.
12. The Bucolic Foyer
Floors & Walls: We’re switching gears a bit with this foyer idea and I am so here for it. I find this room to be completely endearing and it really makes me want to see what the rest of the home is like. We start with some gorgeous slate tiling in the foyer area which then switches to a very lightly stained wood floor, but clearly where the rooms real charm lies is in the floral wallpaper that runs throughout.
Features: Double french doors with big windows are always a charming touch, while a little wicker chair next to the front door kind of begs you to rest a couple more seconds before heading out the door. An antique side table really goes well with the floral wallpaper, giving a welcoming country charm.
Decor: This room feels so complete to me with a huge and happy snake plant beside the staircase, and some darling little light fixtures in the centre of the two different rooms. Something I love about wallpaper is that it is so decorative and acts as a work of art in itself. It can be hard to pick the right wallpaper, but I think this one is just perfect.
This adorable foyer idea was designed by DD Hus AB.
13. The Cozy Home Foyer
Floors & Walls: Here we have a cozy foyer that is using neutral tones to offset white features, and it all comes together to create something very lovely. Vintage wood floors pair perfectly with warm white walls.
Features: One important aspect about Scandinavian designs is being smart about furniture, and here you can really respect that priority. The room separator not only separates the room, but it acts as an attractive feature to look at, and it acts as a place to store books or other personal trinkets.
On the other wall we have another shelving feature built right in to the wall, and what looks like a cabinet for storage. But you wouldn’t be able to tell because of how cool it is to look at! The closet area is concealed not with doors, but with some heavy gray wool curtains which add a really warm and inviting touch to the space.
Decor: This room is wonderfully decorated with a big and happy plant, a hanging light fixture featuring three bare light bulbs for an industrial element, and of course a lovely collection of personal effects just to make it feel extra homey and sweet.
This special foyer was designed by Atelier Germain.
14. The Patterned Foyer
Floors & Walls: I think that is is another one of my favorites in the collection. While it really doesn’t have that minimal aesthetic that a lot of the Scandinavian inspired rooms have, it simply feels that way because it features such bold patterns. When you look a little closer, there is almost nothing in this room!
I cannot get over how amazing this floor is. It is rather rare to see a mosaic floor nowadays, but on top of that I find this pattern to be absolutely gorgeous. I also adore how the designer chose to match a bold pattern with another bold pattern, but instead of geometric and sharp, it’s floral and soft. Perfection.
Features: This space is very minimally featured, but it does have a generously sized mirror with the same trim color as the front door, and neatly enough, the entire opposite wall is a closet. I adore how you might even mistake the huge closet for just being the wall if not for the black handles. That is some serious Scandinavian minimalism at its finest.
Decor: And that’s really it. We have a really cute ottoman beside the front door to help you get your shoes on, but each aspect of the room is so special on its own that I almost don’t want anything else in this space.
This incredible foyer idea was designed by Виктория Скоробогатько.
15. The Period Piece Foyer
Floors & Walls: We’re finishing off this collection with a room that almost looks like it’s from another time. Clearly in an updated home, this glorious foyer starts with some beautiful geometric tiling which acts as a piece of art all on its own. Cool white walls are the standard, while windows lining the entire wall kind of turn this space into a sunroom.
Features: Cleverly, the designer placed a floating shelf just above the radiator to create some shelving space, which is actually something that I’ve done in an older apartment as well! No sense in losing spae where you can get creative.
Decor: This is another room that almost looks like it was taken with black and white film, but that’s probably the most Scandinavian aspect of the room. Black accents are found throughout the entire room: the door knob, window framing, lamps, umbrella basket, and even little pots. If it were me, I would just add a couple of wooden elements to warm it up.
This impeccable foyer design is coming from WÅG Event & Inredning.