Scandinavian interiors are so chic—bright, clean and surprisingly warm given their liberal use of white paint and light colored wood. We fellow cold-climate dwellers can learn from their devotion to function, comfort and ease. Nordic style is rooted in the belief that good design starts with functionality and simplicity, that natural light should be prized, and natural elements such as wood, plants and textiles can create harmony in a space. Here are some examples from Instagram that might inspire you.
This living room/dining room is almost textbook Scandinavian with its white walls, light wood floors, Arne Jacobsen inspired dining chairs, window-like mirrors, interesting yet functional light fixtures and textured fabrics that make you want to curl up on the couch.
Open shelving for ease, subtle concrete counters, practical stainless steel sink, and a beat-up wooden cutting board make this kitchen feel organic and unfussy.
Det här bombnedslaget tillhör @kiliananna, fler bilder i @skonahem ?? | Kitchenstory in the swedish magazine @skonahem made by @mari_strenghielm and me. Stylist @mari_strenghielm Photo @fotograflinaostling Client @skonahem #scandinavian #scandinaviandesign #kitchen #scandinaviankitchen #kitcheninspo #kitchenlove
White doesn’t have to mean sterile. Swedish blogger Eva Hjortsberg achieves an energetic kitchen by bringing in bold colors everywhere but the walls, floors and cabinets. The result is bright and happy.
Tro det eller ej men under tiden som Erling tog sin vagnvila hann jag dammsuga och moppa golv på nedervåningen. Yes asså! Nu ligger han i babygymmet och babblar, ska vi se om jag hinner fixa lunch innan @reithe1 kommer hem ?? #hemmahosdeermountain #kitchen #myhome #interior #lillaåland #bumling #retro #vintage #förgförfan #hemmahosmig
It seems Scandinavian style involves not a few wrinkled textiles to smooth out the utilitarian lines of the more modern furnishings. Takes a little getting used to but it works—this space would be far less inviting with out the rumpled rug, throw and pillows.
Currently crushing on this stylish loft in Berlin, styled by talented Annabell Kutucu. I mean, high ceilings + large windows + herringbone parquet floors + scandinavian furniture + a cozy couch + lots of books = What's not to love? #interior #inspiration #interiordesign #nordic #scandinavian #furniture #fritzhansen Photo: @claus_brechenmacher
A grand old space dressed with white walls, bleached floors and both contemporary and rustic pieces make this room impressive, bohemian and welcoming.
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