How to lighten up with the Scandi look

3rd April 2016

There’s something about a change of season that makes us want to shake things up décorwise. So with the clocks going forward last Sunday and the days getting longer, our thoughts turned to that most beautiful of light, bright decorating schemes, Scandi. 

 The good news about Scandinavian décor is that it’s a really easy look to achieve, and works well in any size room. It’s all about pared-back simplicity, white or neutral walls, pale furniture, wooden floors and a hefty dose of hygge (‘hyoo-gah’), the Danish concept of living simply and well.  

 You don’t have to go the whole hog – a little Scandi goes a long way – so maybe just pick one room on which to unleash your inner Frigga (she’s the Norse goddess of hearth and home, in case you were wondering!)… and prepare to light up your living space, northern style.  

5 ways to get the Scandi look 

1. White wash 

Nordic interiors are predominantly white with accents of greys and other calming neutrals. Like the myriad words for snow across Scandinavia, there are many, many shades of white, so mix and match at will to create a clean canvas against which to set your furniture and accessories. Check out Pinterest for some beautiful Scandi-style schemes, such as this gorgeous room featuring our stunning Freya white leather sofa.

white leather freya

2. Ditch the drapes 

Well, we say curtains in the UK but it didn’t sound as alliteratively dramatic – whatever you call them, for true Scandi style they need to go because this look is all about the light (if you’re worried about nosy neighbours, thin opaque blinds are a good alternative). Boost the illumination factor with a selection of mirrors, like this modern mosaic one from Dwell, to reflect the rays and brighten up every corner. 


mosaic mirror

3. Pare it back

We’re not talking total minimalism here, more relaxed calm (remember hygge!) with some key accessories to add focus and style. Vases, lights and accessories in natural textures such as linen, stone, glass and metal all help to build the look. We’re loving this frosted glass bowl from Dwell with its organic shape and opaque grey colour – perfect for adding a pop of colour to an otherwise pale and interesting palette.

frosted bowl


4. Wood works

If you have wooden floorboards you’re on to a winner, so strip them back and varnish them (if you’re feeling really daring, then a swish of whitewash wouldn’t go amiss). Layer them with rugs in complementary tones or striking geometric prints, like this amazing dark grey striped rug from Dwell, to define and separate areas of your room.dark grey stripe rug

5. Add Scandi-style furniture

Complete your Nordic interior design with a stunning sofa in white or any neutral shade




Where there’s light, there’s dark

As a total contrast to all that light, here’s our roundup of some of the best ‘Nordic Noir’ TV box sets for you to watch in your Scandinavian haven… compelling, dark and seriously addictive.

Moody views
Thr bridgeThe Bridge

Danish/Swedish crime drama TV series with the action playing out in and around the Øresund Bridge linking the two countries. Was the inspiration for UK TV series, The Tunnel, which is back on Sky Atlantic on 5 April.

The Killing

Copenhagen-based police thriller with numerous plot twists, damaged characters and amazing views of the Danish capital.

Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl

Gritty Swedish supercop series from the books of crime writer Jan Arnald – cult watching.

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