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Spacious Scandinavian formal living room featuring a white sofa set and an area rug, along with stylish wall decors and track ceiling lights.
Scandinavian formal living room featuring a cozy sofa set and carpet flooring topped by an area rug. There’s a TV in front of the living set as well.
A Scandinavian great room featuring white walls, tall vaulted ceiling with a single exposed beam and hardwood flooring. The living set and the dining table set look stylish as well.
A close up look at this Scandinavian living room’s center table set on the tiles flooring. The living space also features a white couch matching the white piano.
A Scandinavian living room featuring a white sofa set and a glass top, white-framed center table set on the area rug covering the hardwood flooring.
White Scandinavian living room with a tall ceiling and a classy sofa set. The dining table set is situated behind the living space.
Spacious Scandinavian living room featuring white flooring and a white ceiling with a large skylight in the middle. The room features a cozy sofa set and a fireplace, together with a widescreen TV on the wall.
A close up look at this Scandinavian living room’s sofa set with stylish center tables on top of the rug covering the hardwood flooring.
Scandinavian living room featuring a modish and elegant-looking sofa set with center and side tables lighted by a pendant lighting.
Medium-sized living room in Scandinavian-style, featuring white couches and a fireplace on the corner.
Large Scandinavian formal living room featuring herringbone-style hardwood flooring, white walls and a white regular ceiling. The room also features a white sofa set.
This formal living room in Scandinavian style features a stylish seat and a fireplace, along with dark hardwood flooring topped by an area rug.
A Scandinavian living room featuring multiple shelves and a fireplace with a classy seat on the side. There’s also a sunroom bench seating. The room is lighted by a gorgeous chandelier.
Spacious Scandinavian living room featuring stylish herringbone-style hardwood flooring along with orange walls and a white ceiling. The cozy sofa set is situated near the glass windows.
This Scandinavian living room offers a nice white couch set on the stylish hardwood flooring and is surrounded by handsome gray walls.
White Scandinavian living room featuring a bench seating, along with a small round table set lighted by a pendant lighting. The room also has built-in shelving.
Large Scandinavian formal living room boasting yellow-accent sofa set and a stylish rug covering the hardwood flooring. The room is surrounded by white walls and ceiling lighted by fancy ceiling lighting.
A classy Scandinavian living space with elegant seats and bookshelves, along with classical windows and hardwood floors.
Medium-sized Scandinavian living room with comfy seats set on the gray flooring topped by an area rug.
Large Scandinavian living room with multiple comfy seats set on the room’s classy carpet flooring. The room also boasts a stunning tray ceiling along with a fireplace and glass windows.
Spacious Scandinavian living room featuring a cozy sofa set with a center table lighted by pendant lights. The room also offers a fireplace.
This Scandinavian living room boats dark hardwood floors topped by a colorful area rug. The wall decors are absolutely eye-catching as well.
Scandinavian living room featuring gray seats and stylish flooring, along with white walls and ceiling.
A Scandinavian living room featuring herringbone-style hardwood flooring. There’s a sofa set with a center table, lighted by table lamps on both sides.
This Scandinavian living room features a gray sofa set on top of a rug, surrounded by white walls and white ceiling.
A Scandinavian living room featuring herringbone-style hardwood flooring topped by an area rug. The room offers a modish sofa along with white window curtains.
Scandinavian living room featuring stylish seats and center table set on the hardwood flooring topped by a handsome rug.
A Scandinavian great room with white sofa set and a gray rug, along with a small rectangular dining table set near the glass walls.
Spacious Scandinavian living room with hardwood floors and a large rug. The ceiling adds style to the room and looks absolutely stunning.
Large Scandinavian living space featuring hardwood flooring and a stunning tall ceiling. The home features a gray and white shade for additional style.
Scandinavian formal living space featuring yellow seats and a gray couch set on the gray flooring, surrounded by stylish black and gray walls.
Spacious Scandinavian living space featuring a classy set of seats and a rectangular dining table set on the side. The room offers hardwood flooring topped by a gray area rug.
This Scandinavian living room features hardwood flooring and light gray walls lighted by a lovely ceiling light.
Scandinavian formal living room featuring a comfy large couch along with a blue seat on the side. There’s a large green rug covering the room’s flooring.
A Scandinavian living space featuring a gray L-shape sofa set on the hardwood flooring near the glass windows. The room also offers a fireplace, along with attractive wall decor.
This Scandinavian living room offers multiple indoor potted plants adding color to the white room.
Small Scandinavian living space featuring gray tiles flooring matching the gray couch and chair.
Scandinavian living room featuring hardwood floors topped by a large violet rug that looks perfect together with the rustic framed violet flowers wall decor.
Scandinavian living room featuring a white sofa set and a gray rug covering the tiles flooring. The room also has light gray walls and ceiling.
This Scandinavian living room features a green shade that looks great together with the white-themed room.
White Scandinavian living room featuring a gray sofa set and gray hardwood flooring, along with a tall ceiling featuring pendant lights.
This Scandinavian great room offers a stylish and comfortable couch set on the corner lighted by a pendant light.
A close up look at this Scandinavian living room’s brown couch and a white wall with multiple attractive decors.
A Scandinavian living room featuring an L-shape gray sofa set along with a fireplace and a large glass window.
This Scandinavian living room looks so bright with its white walls and floors. It has a gray couch and stylish wall decors.
Spacious Scandinavian living room featuring a gray seat and lovely side tables, along with a gray wall and multiple green potted plants.
Scandinavian living space featuring gray seats and gray flooring topped by a brown rug. The room is also surrounded by gray walls.
A large Scandinavian living room featuring a classy L-shape sofa set and a modish fireplace surrounded by white walls.
This Scandinavian living room features hardwood floors, white walls and a white ceiling. It offers a black couch and a gray area rug along with a fireplace.
A focused shot at this Scandinavian living room’s couch set on the hardwood flooring topped by a stylish gray rug.
Your family tree doesn’t need to have strong Scandinavian roots to appreciate the Scandinavian style. If you’re looking for a minimalist look, you are probably drawn to Scandinavian living room design ideas.
Out of the 916,645, living rooms and 18 styles analyzed, 1.87 percent (or 17,152) have a Scandinavian design.
A Closer Look At Scandinavian Design
If you’re not familiar with Scandinavian design, you may assume that it all centers around the traditional red Dala Horse. While the Dala horse may still be used for inspiration in modern Scandinavian design, Scandinavian style is a combination of modern design and borrowing traditional features and elements.
Traditionally, Scandinavian style focused on bright colors, efficiency, and space-saving solutions. To combat the long hours of winter darkness, bright colors, white walls, and light colored woods are some common elements of Scandinavian style.
Although the style may be described as “stark” by some, Scandinavian style is intended to create warmth and comfort in the winter months and all year long. Another essential element of the Scandinavian design is balance. Even if you have many elements that aren’t matching (such as mismatched lamps), they should create a balance throughout the room.
Even if you don’t consider your living room to have a Scandinavian design, there’s a good chance you have a piece of furniture from IKEA. While Scandinavian style can be eclectic at times, it’s also functional, comfortable, and simple in its design.
A Pop of Color
When you take a look at the Scandinavian design, you will notice that white walls and even white furniture are not uncommon. Despite all the brightness, you can expect to see the use of bright colors; this provides “emotional warmth.”
Whether you paint one wall poppy red or have a chair upholstered in classic Nordic blue, you can use as little or as much color as you want in your living room.
Creating a Tech-Free Space
Similar to other living room styles, like Rustic, the Scandinavian design focuses on quiet and tech-free spaces. Rather than showcasing a flat-screen TV, there’s a cozy reading nook by a wood stove and a shelf full of books.
Ideally, your Scandinavian living room should be a place of comfort, warmth, and happiness. Your living room should be comfortable for one person to enjoy or a welcoming to a whole group of people.
Scandinavian Living Rooms
The Scandinavian interior design focuses on spaces that allow you to breathe. Spaces that are comfortable, but most importantly, orderly, clean, and peaceful. When aiming to shift your decorating skills into the Scandinavian design direction there are some very important aspects you will want to focus on. While you don’t need to follow a textbook definition of what Scandinavian design should be, you can take these elements and incorporate them in ways that will enhance the space you already have. While it’s not realistic to completely revamp your home overnight, it’s much more reasonable to incorporate new ideas into space and make them work for you.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything that you need to know when it comes to the key factors of Scandinavian interior design. We’ll be able to show you exactly how to integrate these elements into your home environment without them overpowering your own personal style. You would be surprised at how easy it really is to embrace the design of this simplistic and modern lifestyle. Let us know how you feel about this design and if you would want to make this aesthetic a focal point in your living space, we’d love to know.
Lighting & Warmth
In Scandinavian design, light is a key focal point that should be highlighted as much as possible. Lighting, natural and design centered lamps of all kinds, are a focal point in many interiors that center on Scandinavian design. It is the element of any interior that completely shift the mood of the space in an instant. From floor lamps to pendants, chandeliers, and other modern and innovative sources of light. Usually, the Scandinavian design focuses more on industrial lamp designs, so adding an interesting forged lamp in your living space will really create a drastic change that works with mood and function. Keep in mind that you should also focus on bringing some sort of warm glow into space, such as candlelight.
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Natural materials are a must if you’re looking to bring in a fresh Scandinavian design into your lifestyle. Bringing natural wood and metal finishes into your space, just enough to stand out, you’ll bring in an aspect that is unexpected and will seriously make your space look more cozy and expensive. Focus on what you already have, don’t go out of your way to buy cheap faux wood pieces that will downgrade your space. Embrace exposed brick, appliance finishes, and wood floors. Make them shine by decluttering and allowing the focus on the room to be on them. Take those natural finishes and spread them throughout the space in small ways.
If you want to look for some inspiration when it comes to wood floors, we’ve got you covered. In this list, there are 22 living spaces that embrace light wood flooring (which is also a design element to include in this interior design space). This is possibly one of the most important aspects to include in your Scandinavian living space.
“Our gallery features many beautiful homes who have chosen light-colored hardwood flooring for their living rooms. Each room has its own personality that is aided by the charm of the hardwood flooring that lines it.”
Form & Function
Don’t add something to your space unless it adds some kind of practicality or function. This way you’ll be able to de-clutter without any hassle and you’ll have an open space that will be able to keep your mind at peace. If you’re having trouble with getting rid of the things you have to lead to a more open and airy space, try finding a clean and modern wall storage system that not only will help you clean up space, but it will also add another function that is very present in the Scandinavian design. Whether you choose to opt for a wall unit or storage space under furniture, It’s up to you to find how this added dynamic will impact your lifestyle. From Decorilla, they go on to explain just how important form and function really is: “In terms of furniture, clean lines are it. Sofas, tables, and chairs embrace mid-century modern tendencies with smooth rounded edges and natural hues. The Scandinavian design also prides itself on innovative and functional design when decorating interiors. A trend towards multileveled and sized wall shelving speaks to the need for being space savvy through practical storage and visual interest.” If you’d love to know more about how this design differs from others, check out our latest article on different aesthetics and design for your budget.
Keep your space even more spacious with light flooring. When you stick to a light wood, gray, or white, you’ll give the illusion that space is more open than it actually is. This will give even the smallest spaces a more bright and welcoming feel. Heading back to Decorilla we love their commentary on light flooring and how it plays a huge role in the Scandinavian design, “Wall-to-wall carpeting does not happen in Scandinavian design. Flooring traditionally is hard-wood, often left in its natural color or painted white. This contributes to expanding the space and inviting in more light. Residential bathrooms often have heated tiles for a warm underfoot during the winter season.” This lack of color will create a space that seems midcentury modern and industrial, all coming together to create an open fresh Scandinavian design.
If you want to learn more when it comes to incorporating lighter hues into space, check out this guide aimed to incorporate gray into space with ease.
Space is one of the most important aspects of Scandinavian design. Keep your space, open, light, and free of clutter, by doing this you’ll already have a head start when it comes to turning your space into this new direction. Whether you need to get a wall storage unit or a bucket of paint, you can easily make small changes that will make a huge impact in any size space you currently have. By making this change your space will come together and look absolutely amazing even without any other changes.
By making any of these changes you’ll be headed in the right direction of this new style choice. You will feel much better knowing that your space has a sense of direction towards Scandinavian design because it breeds productivity and healthy lifestyles with its form and function attitude. Keep your mind open just like you would keep your living space open and you’ll notice a difference right away.
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