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Tips for Creating a Scandinavian-inspired Home

by Patricia Hughes

Posted on November 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Scandinavian interior design is known for its uncluttered style, functionality, and clean lines. The beauty and simplicity of Scandinavian interior design offers understated elegance. The lack of clutter is perfect for people who feel inspired by the minimalist movement.  When planning your new room, try room design planners, such as Visualizer+ 2D and 360° virtual rooms and House Tipster's Virtual Rooms to visualize the look of your new room.  

Incorporating Scandinavian Design in Your Home

Scandinavian homes feature colors that mimic the tones of the natural landscape in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and other Scandinavian countries, such as white, black, gray, soft blues, and lighter browns. Toning down the color scheme is calming and relaxing. Start with a blank canvas of white walls or possibly a gray feature wall.

Wall to wall carpeting is rare in Scandinavian homes. Light wood flooring with area rugs are commonly used in Scandinavian interior design. You can add warmth through layering with furniture, area rugs, and accessories. Consider sparse furniture with simple, clean lines, and light upholstery, nothing heavy or dark. Wood tables or shelves are generally made of pine or spruce. Think Ikea for home furnishing inspiration.

Continue layering the design of the room with textured cushions and throws in sheepskin, knitted, and linen designs. Black and white wall art, candle holders, pendant lights, and bedding in black and white geometric designs add interest to the room. Scandinavian design allows for plenty of natural light, so you will want to use minimal window treatments, rather than heavy curtains. Interior lighting can include a mixture of pendant lighting, floor lamps, and table lamps to illuminate the space.

Add a bit of color to make the style your own. Color can be added through the use of cushions, throw rugs, and carefully chosen decorative objects. Accent colors frequently used in Scandinavian inspired rooms include light pinks, muted greens, icy blues, or maybe a bit of yellow. Avoid using too much color, just a few accents is plenty.


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Focus on Natural Materials

This design style focuses on a connection with the outdoors. Bring nature in with wood and natural stone. Limit it to just a bit of wood, such as exposed beams, a wood stool, or shelving. Continue the natural elements by placing a vase with a green plant on a coffee table or shelf. Green plants offer the advantage of bringing a touch of color to any room.

The natural stone industry offers a wide array of stone color options that work well for Scandinavian inspired design. It is important to select a stone that is appropriate for the application. Softer white stone, such as Statuario marble and White Carrara marble may not be the best choice for heavy duty use in a busy kitchen. However, marble is perfect for fireplace surrounds.

Choose a stronger and more durable white stone for kitchen counters and bathroom vanity tops, such as a white or grayish granite, quartz, or quartzite. Granite is among the most popular types of natural stone for countertops for its beauty and durability. You should still treat these stronger types of stone with care to avoid any damage to the counter or vanity top. Miantenance is crucial to keeping your kitchen countertops and other counters in great shape.

Visualizer+ 2D and 360° virtual rooms and House Tipster's Virtual Rooms are virtual room design planners that allow you to try different design elements to help you make decisions for your Scandinavian inspired room. Choose a room with a layout similar to yours and try Statuario marble, Carrara marble, and other options for white stone, flooring, wall colors, and other elements to see how different interior design features will work in your room.

Slab Market is the largest web portal for the natural stone industry, used by fabricators and installers to buy and sell natural stone slabs. Whether you are looking for a veiny marble or durable white stone in granite or quartzite, you will find the perfect slabs for kitchen counters, bathroom vanity tops, and fireplace surrounds. So, if you are in the natual ston eindustry and own a slab yard, add some beautiful stone from Slabmarket today!

We all have our own unique style and this article was meant to offer some tips and ideas. Whatever your style may be, you can add just a touch of scndinavian style to your home. Sometimes all we need is just a light touch of something great to make our own style and something even greater!


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