Experience the hospitality of a simple and warm embrace from a Scandinavian-Style home. Dream of that simple and happy life with these Scandinavian-Style exteriors and interiors that you can adapt to your home.
Welcome to the Scandinavian home decor ideas style guide where you can see photos of all interiors in the Scandinavian style including kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, foyers and more.
Table of Contents
- Scandinavian-Style Homes (Exteriors)
- 1. “Chalet du Bois Flotté” Residence by atelier BOOM TOWN
- 2. Scandinavian-Inspired Home with Unique Design Features
- 3. Imposing Švedų House by Aketuri Architektai
- 4. Startling Fjallhuset Mountain Home by pS Arkitektur
- 5. Bright and Brilliant Blue Hills House by la SHED Architecture
- 6. Hatley House by Pelletier de Fontenay and François Abbott
- 7. Powder Snow by Luc Plante architecture + design
- 8. Designer Home with High Vaulted Ceilings and Dramatic Wood Wall Accents
- 9. Minimalist Home with Cathedral Beam Ceilings and Large Sliding Doors
- 10. Bohemian, Fresh, and Sun-Drenched Coastal Oasis
- Scandinavian-Style Interior Examples (by Room)
- Scandinavian-Style Landscaping
- What is Scandinavian Style?
- Distinguishing Design Features
- Décor Accessories
- Why it Looks Great
Check out these spectacular homes showcasing the Scandinavian style architecture.
1. “Chalet du Bois Flotté” Residence by atelier BOOM TOWN
This is a serene view of a Scandinavian-Style L-shaped house against a white background of snow landscape and blue skies that perfectly contrasts the black walls and black Gable roofs. Despite the contrast, this house appreciates the surrounding beauty with massive glass windows.
The simple lines of the Gable roofs and black walls allows you to appreciate the frozen wonderful surrounding the house. This threads the fine line between isolation and integration with the natural elements with a sense of peaceful living.
This Scandinavian-Style home has a tall three-story structure with balconies on the second and third levels illuminated by warm yellow light. This aesthetic breaks the blocky face of Gable roofs and white walls with a sense of warm welcome.
This is a Scandinavian-Style interior of a great room containing the dining area, living room and an office at the end all a single white ceiling paired with hardwood flooring. The bright walls, windows and glass doors give this already large room a sense of being bigger.
3. Imposing Švedų House by Aketuri Architektai
This is Scandinavian-Style house is a wonderful marriage of traditional elements and modern aesthetic. There are three sections of the house connected by a wood-floor exterior that leads to a grassy lawn. Each of the gray-walled sections is complemented by wide windows and glass doors that reflect the cloudy skies.
The Gable light gray roof has a thin chimney that reaches for the cloudy skies. This is perfectly paired with dark gray walls that are almost charcoal in darkness. This makes the modern house stand out against the colorful field of plants surrounding it.
4. Startling Fjallhuset Mountain Home by pS Arkitektur
This Scandinavian-Style home presents with dark wooden walls that stand in contrast with the surrounding frozen tundra. It represents a warm embrace that is welcoming and hospitable from the surrounding harsh weather.
This charming dark house in the middle of a frozen tundra has Gable roofing paired with small square windows for a modern effect. It is a beacon of rest and reprieve from the tundra but at the same time incorporates the beauty of its surroundings to the welcome it gives you.
5. Bright and Brilliant Blue Hills House by la SHED Architecture
The straight lines and modern elements of this Scandinavian-Style house contrast with the feather-like bare branches of the forest surrounding it. The flat roof and abundant glass windows give this home a modern comfort in the middle of isolation.
This is the facade of a Scandinavian-Style home that seems like a comfortable nest in the middle of a winter wonderland filled with naked dancing trees. The snowy landscape attempts to overwhelm but the beige walls of this flat-roofed home prevail.
This is a Scandinavian-Style interior with a great room of white walls paired with massive glass windows that give you a sense of being one with the natural elements outside. This great room contains the dining area, kitchen and living room in a huge embrace of white ceiling and light gray flooring.
6. Hatley House by Pelletier de Fontenay and François Abbott
This Scandinavian-Style house has three identical sections with Gable roofs and wooden slat walls paired with wide glass doors. These three sections look like three brothers huddling close to each other in hopes of fighting the cold snow surrounding them.
This is the facade of a Scandinavian-Style home with a high Gable roof paired with a small chimney on one side. The walls have a peculiar wooden slat design that offers an intricacy that contrasts the surrounding monotone of the white snowy scenery.
7. Powder Snow by Luc Plante architecture + design
This Scandinavian-Style home has a proud slab of stone wall rising up with the tall trees. This wall earthen wall supports the rest of the modern house’s flat roofing, immense glass walls and a balcony on the side with a set of stairs leading to the snowy landscape.
The accumulated snow accents the flat roofs of this Scandinavian-Style home. Its earthy palette contrasts with the white winter scenery surrounding the house. It offers a warm welcome from the cold and yet basks in its beauty with wide glass walls.
8. Designer Home with High Vaulted Ceilings and Dramatic Wood Wall Accents
This modern Scandinavian-Style house combines the clinical beauty of white walls with wooden elements. The straight lines of the flat roofing go hand-in-hand with the abundance of various-shaped windows and their straight lines. This aesthetic is paired with a minimalist landscape that accents rather than competes with the house.
9. Minimalist Home with Cathedral Beam Ceilings and Large Sliding Doors
This is a front view of a Scandinavian-Style house on an inclined landscape of tall trees and shrubs that offer a nice foreground to the modern beauty of the simple house and its white walls. This is paired with a dark garage door and dark main door.
This is a charming backyard with a carpet of well-manicured grass perfect for outdoor parties, maybe a lovely intimate picnic or just an afternoon of playing on the grass. This is the view seen from the inside through the glass windows and wide glass doors.
10. Bohemian, Fresh, and Sun-Drenched Coastal Oasis
This is a charming and simple Scandinavian-Style home with a bay window in front with a roof that matches the clay tiles of the roofing. The ledge running around the house follows the lay of the bay windows with a row of various plants to accent the white walls.
This is a spacious and bright interior complemented by a high cathedral ceiling with an exposed wooden beam. The white walls make this great room shine brighter to contrast the abundance of elements filling the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
The following are photo examples of Scandinavian-Style interiors (room-by-room). Below each photo are links that take you to extensive Scandinavian-Style photo galleries for each room.
This Scandinavian-Style living room has a white tray ceiling paired with hardwood flooring that is topped with a rustic area rug. This rustic theme is augmented by the wooden elements on the entryway, tall windows, and chairs. This makes the dark wooden elegant fireplace stand out.
The kitchen island of this Scandinavian-Style kitchen has wooden built-in cabinets that match with the immense structure housing the cooking area on one wall. These wooden elements blend in with the hardwood flooring and contrast the white ceiling.
This is an intimate Scandinavian-Style dining room that has a small circular table surrounded by four white modern chairs. It shares the great room with the living room that is warmed up by an elegant fireplace topped with a peculiar wall-mounted artwork.
This is a bright and comfortable Scandinavian-Style bedroom with a pair of tall windows flanking the head of the traditional bed. There is a dark iron fireplace on the side built into the white wall with stoneworks and has a colorful abstract painted mounted above it.
This Scandinavian-style bathroom has a simple white floor paired with white walls and a white ceiling. The shower area is separated from the rest of the bathroom with a glass wall. The stand-out elements are the wooden built-in drawers of the vanity area and the wall-mounted artwork above the toilet.
This entry hall has a simple Scandinavian-style design with a hardwood flooring separated from the white walls by wooden moldings that match the wooden railings and steps of the staircase leading to the second floor. This area is illuminated by a white modern pendant light.
The furniture that you find in this style is definitely going to be unique. Though it’s not designed to necessarily be eye-catching it will be at the same time. That’s because a lot of the pieces have a unique style simply through an accident. This is mainly because the most efficient and effective method for doing what they are meant to do is entirely different from what most would consider standard. The pieces like chairs and tables, however, will generally be very standard in style and very basic at the same time. This helps make sure they fit into any home.
The fine carpet of grass in this Scandinavian-Style landscape is topped with matching sofas that have comfortable thick cushions. This area is flanked by white walls that have creeping foliage on it for accent. There is also an outdoor dining area near the far edge with rustic armchairs surrounding a dining table.
Scandinavian design with Scandinavian furniture for your interior is all about minimalism, natural light, and simplicity. You’re going to have a whole lot of functionality to go along with it as well, so you’ll be able to get a beautiful interior. The style is based on three different parts of the area, including Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. If you’ve ever been to an Ikea you’ve definitely seen some of the really cool modern Scandinavian furniture designs and ideas that can come from these areas already. If you want to get that kind of Scandinavian decor in your room you’re on the right track, though you’ll see some other standards with design as well.
Distinguishing Design Features
The main feature of this type of modern design furniture is that they are all extremely functional and useful but still affordable. They’re made with quality materials that don’t add too much cost at the same time. The pieces are all useful and functional in some way so you won’t find a lot of flamboyant additives or accessories to go along with the pieces. Instead, you’ll find smooth lines and straight features that seem to showcase the utility that they actually offer. You’re going to see a focus on making your life easier so there are a lot of storage pieces or simple pieces that double as some type of storage. There are also a lot of natural materials used to help influence the design and create a unique structure. Unique and unusual techniques are used in order to get the right fit and the right design for all of this as well.
The furniture and other aspects of this design use such materials as form-pressed wood, plastic, pressed steel or anodized, and enameled aluminum. This results in lightweight pieces that are still good in quality and long-lasting. There may be pieces that are a little higher end made with leather or with hemp and other natural materials, though these are less common. They will still reflect the same utility as other pieces. Everything is designed in more muted colors and patterns (if any patterns) because the idea is simplicity and function over any type of statement or design setting. The pieces are meant to be pleasurable through simple functionality rather than through any kind of display or attention-seeking.
The accessories that you’ll find in Scandinavian style are very much an extension of the furniture and other pieces themselves. You’ll find very utilitarian tables and shelves as well as somewhat basic and functional lighting fixtures. These pieces are intended to fulfill a purpose and meet a need but are not really intended to be anything more than this or to provide a lot of design aspects. They are still the same functional and utilitarian design that you find with most other pieces in this design. Where you’ll find some design process is with the actual décor instead of the accessory pieces.
There are often not a lot of accessories at all with this style, but the accessories that you will find tend to be more natural. You’ll find plants and other greenery throughout the space. You’ll also find some soft and comfortable blankets that are functional at the same time. You may find some bolder prints to put on the walls though this isn’t always the case either. In most instances, you’re going to find a few basic prints on the walls and large amounts of open space surrounding them. This is considered a design element in itself with the Scandinavian style.
Why it Looks Great
This style looks great because it’s simple and basic. You’re getting a lot of what you really need without also cluttering it up with other aspects that aren’t important or that don’t add to the utility of the room. Instead of having a lot of clutter and items, the style is mostly characterized by a less is more mentality, which helps to keep space more open and free. This provides a very functional home. If you’re interested in something that is going to offer utility and function over a lot of anything else and that uses simple colors and styles to get there you’re definitely going to like this style.
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