If you are a fan of cozy but minimalist style, a Scandinavian bedroom design might just be the right style for you. You will be far from alone. Scandinavian design has become one of the most popular design aesthetics of the modern era.
One of the best things about Scandinavian interior design is that it is for everyone. This means that we all have access to this style, not just the rich and famous. This is because the elements that make up this look are all around us, we just have to know what to look for.
Scandinavian Bedroom Ideas
We can help you know what elements to bring into your bedroom to give it that super chic Scandi vibe. We have gathered some beautiful bedroom ideas to give you a guide for knowing which items work best for Scandinavian bedrooms.
In Scandinavian design the adage of “less is more” is true. It is important that you do not feel the need to fill every space with furniture or every surface with knick-knacks. While not all Scandinavian design is minimalist, it is more spare. Create open spaces by using less furniture than you would with other design styles. Also, keep surface decor to a minimum, adding just what you need to be comfortable.
Minimal Window Coverings
Scandinavian design celebrates natural light and its connection to the outdoors. Thus, it is important to keep your windows as open as they can be. This can be problematic in a bedroom where privacy is vital.
If you do not live in a private setting but want to keep your window coverings as light as possible, choose white or cream curtains that allow sunlight to filter through. For an even more minimal look, add some Roman shades or roller blinds that stay hidden until you pull them down to cover the windows.
Layer Organic Textures
Scandi design draws inspiration from the natural world. This means that we can turn to the natural world and draw from its rich organic textures to add more nuance in Scandinavian bedroom design. Consider adding natural textures like wood, stone, glass, wool, and plant life.
This Scandinavian boho bedroom design comes from Joybird. The neutral tones of this bedroom look richer because of all the textured elements throughout the room. Try adding a plush lambswool throw at the end of the bed or a thick wool rug under your feet. The vertical natural wood paneling in the corner gives the room an interesting architectural detail that is minimal and sleek.
Light Wood Furniture
Nothing says Scandinavian design quite like wood furniture. Natural wood is one of the next choices for modern Scandinavian bedroom designs, but dark wood looks right at home in a rustic Scandinavian bedroom aesthetic.
The furniture you choose doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to be made well. You can even find choices that work for your bedroom from IKEA, the famous Swedish home brand. Wherever you decide to look, search for furniture made from real wood with a classic shape. This means that your furniture will last and get more beautiful with age.
Base of Neutral Colors
Dark winters and gray skies are common in the Scandinavian countries. Thus, most interior design features light and bright neutrals. White walls are common to reflect all the natural and artificial light within the room.
ViviCo Interiors layered different neutrals throughout this Scandinavian style bedroom. They began with white walls and added custom cream wood paneling. The blacks and brown features add interest to the design without overpowering the lighter colors.
Accent With Earth Tones
A Scandinavian design bedroom does not always have to have white walls. If you crave a cozier look, use a deep earth tone to warm up your space. Choose colors that represent the earth, think slate blue, forest green, and stone gray.
This minimalist Scandinavian bedroom design from Colin Price Architecture features deep warm blue walls with accents of white and black. If you like this color, consider using a color like Benjamin Moore’s In the Midnight House (1666).
Scandinavian design is innovative and ever changing. It came to international attention in the 1950s when lighting was undergoing a transformation in style. If you have an eclectic side, choose a unique lighting fixture for over the bed or to adorn a bedside table. Mid-century chandeliers like the Atom light fixture in this Lindye Galloway design look right at home with the Scandinavian bedroom style.
Natural Green Accents
It is worth repeating that Scandinavian bedrooms look more authentic when they maintain a deep connection to the natural world. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is to incorporate greenery into your bedroom decor.
Use indoor plants and trees to create the biggest statement. If you can’t keep real greenery alive, there are some wonderful faux options available. If a real or faux plant is not in your budget, get a pottery or glass vase at a second-hand store and fill it with cut greenery. Choose greenery with cool twig formations so that you can display the twigs even after the green leaves have fallen away.
Smart Storage Solutions
Scandinavian bedroom decor is known to evoke a calm vibe. You can create this serene look by storing away all the odds and ends associated with bedrooms.
Look for large storage pieces that have clean and sleek lines. Or, if you have the budget add built-in storage solutions to your room for an even more seamless look. Add smaller storage pieces like nightstands with drawers for the odd bedside item. Also, baskets can help for quick and easy storage of extra blankets, pillows, and toys.
Scandinavian Bedroom Furniture
It may go without saying, but we will point it out anyway. The more Scandinavian-designed furniture you use, the more authentic your Scandinavian bedroom will look. Choose streamlined Scandi furniture and choose particular pieces that are famous from Scandinavian designers.
The Egg chair, designed by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen is iconic in Scandinavian design. Feldman Architecture used this chair shape as the accent chair in this Scandinavian bedroom design to emphasize the Scandi aesthetic.
Paint Your Floors
Scandinavians avoid wall-to-wall carpet in favor of hardwood floors that are easier to keep clean. If you want a lighter look than wood, opt to paint or whitewash the floors. This will allow the light to reflect off of the wood and brighten the room.
Add some personality to your Scandinavian-style bedroom with the addition of some personal items or colorful accents that you love. This will give your bedroom a personal stamp and make it more distinct. This Scandi bedroom from KITE Architects adds a colorful rug, graphic wall art, and a set of antlers to give this room a more unique look.
Scandinavian Bedroom Furniture and Decor: A Buyers Guide
If you aren’t sure where to start with your Scandinavian bedroom design, here are some items that will give you a headstart.
The Grady Bed from AllModern has a simple style and comes in three attractive finishes: Scandinavian Oak, Castanho, and White. It is made from kiln-dried solid wood and the price works well for many budgets. If you are looking for a Scandinavian bedroom set, there are matching Grady nightstands and a dresser.
If you want to add some interesting new textures to your bed linens to enhance the Scandinavian vibe, try linen sheets. These are ideal for Scandi style because they have a natural look and organic texture. Based on a recommendation from The Strategist by New York Magazine, try the Quince European Linen Sheet Set. These are 100% European Flax Linen and are available in 12 color choices.
Scandinavian Wall Art
Channel the connection to nature in your choice of wall art. This watercolor print from Nouveau Prints features a minimalist and abstract landscape design. This is an inexpensive way that you can get a quality piece of wall art to complete your Scandinavian bedroom design. You can download different size files to print the size you want. Prints sizes from a 4”x 6” print all the way up to a 24”x 36” print.
Handwoven Wool Rug
This flatweave ivory wool rug is the ideal foundation for a Scandinavian style room. A large and textured rug will soften the look of a hardwood floor as well as provide warmth during the long winter months. This rug is available from Langley Street via Wayfair.
Decorative pillows are a great way to change the look of your bedroom from season to season. African mudcloth pillows have a simple pattern with a textured fabric. These are a great way to add some boho chic to your Scandinavian bedroom design and inject some black to give your color palette some contrast. This mudcloth pillow from Apartment No. 3 is made in Mali, Africa and is hand dyed.
Scandinavian Bedroom Furniture Stores
The best place to look for Scandinavian bedroom sets and other furniture is to browse through modern and mid-century modern furniture sites. This aesthetic is aligned with Scandinavian style as it came of age during the 1950s with the emergence of the modernist movement. Some of these sites include AllModern, Crate and Barrel, Article, 2Modern, and IKEA.
What is the Least Expensive Way to Add Scandinavian Style to My Bedroom?
A Scandinavian bedroom is a wonderful place to try out Scandinavian style because it is just the place where Scandinavian style can look the coziest. This is a style where you don’t have to go “all-in.” Instead, feel free to add in natural and textured elements as you can afford them to give your bedroom more layers. It is a look that blends well with others so feel free to go as deep into Scandi style as your design aesthetic guides you.
One of the least expensive ways to add Scandinavian style is to paint the room a light neutral color. Also, go through your furniture and decor and minimize as much as you can to give your design room to breathe. If it is in your budget, add some textural items like baskets and wooly throws. Bring in some cut branches to add a pop of natural greenery.