15 Living Rooms to Help You Master Scandinavian Design

It’s not new or particularly mind blowing, but the concept of scandinavian design still holds some wonder and freshness whenever you come across it. There is just something about a distinctly scandinavian space that is so appealing. Maybe it’s the classy neutral color story. Maybe it’s the lack of clutter. Whatever the case, scandinavian design isn’t going anywhere soon. If you’re thinking you’d like to add some of that scandinavian magic to your home, the living room is the best place to begin. Take a look at these 15 living rooms to help you master scandinavian design and create a cozy comfortable space for your family to gather at the end of the day.

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When you’re creating a scandinavian inspired space, the best place to start is to clear the room of anything and everything. Walls, furniture, decor, take it all out and then decide what is absolutely necessary to bring back in. Usually the one thing is the sofa and chairs.

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While many of the other colors in the room are light grays and shades of white, scandinavian design isn’t afraid of a little black. Start with a small piece like a pouf or a side table and expand from there based on your comfort level and your desired look.

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One thing we love about scandinavian design is the effortless mix of styles. As long as you stay in a neutral color scheme, you can use many of the boho pieces from your old apartment and the country rug you’ve been eyeing all together without losing the scandinavian effect.

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Along those same lines, scandinavian decor provides every opportunity for that modern piece you’re lusting after. The interesting coffee table or side chair will fit perfectly against your grays and popping blacks and make your space feel completely new.

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Pet owners and child caretakers rejoice! A proper scandinavian living room usually boasts a flat woven rug, if it boasts a rug at all. Being the durable and easy care option, you won’t be able to say no to this scandinavian element.

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Don’t forget about your poufs. No matter what scandinavian space you’re looking at, you can usually find at least one pouf in the room. They serve as seating, surface space and decor all in one so go pouf crazy in your favorite colors.

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Have you paid attention to your lighting options lately? You won’t find the standard ceiling fan in a scandinavian living room. The design thrives on interesting lighting, be it an artsy pendant lamp or a fireplace or even groupings of candles around the room.

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Not all scandinavian living rooms have bare walls. Many include sprawling galleries and large artwork. But whatever you choose, you’ll want to keep things black and white instead of introducing the whole rainbow. It is softer on the eyes and the space.

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Maybe you’ve been living in a neutral living room and you’re in the mood for a change. Rather than going color crazy, start small with a new batch of throw pillows. Pastel shades will best compliment your grays and then insert a pop of yellow for interest.

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Of course if you’re trying to keep your living room looking bright and family friendly, you’ll want to consider adding some color permanently. Choose some decor pieces like bottles and bookends that will take up a bit of decorating space and contribute that brightness you were looking for.

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Adding color just got easier when you notice that some scandinavian inspired rooms display some gorgeous statement plants. Fill that empty corner with the biggest fern you can find and you’ll find yourself staring at that space more than the others.

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When you’re finished deciding on your color scheme, don’t forget to think about your textures. Scandinavian design prizes its mixtures of knits and furs and weaves. So before you choose a throw pillow or rug, approach those decisions with how they will feel against your skin.

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You might have already noticed a prevailing element in all these lovely scandinavian living rooms. The consistency of white curtains. If the windows have curtains at all, they’re simple and white, letting in all the natural light possible. It makes the space feel so fresh and uncluttered in such an easy way.

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Many travelers become collectors of things. If that describes you, you’ll be happy to know that many scandinavian inspired rooms have plenty of shelf space. You’re probably already curating your treasures so give yourself the pleasure of displaying them for decor and conversation pieces.

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When your living room highlights a particular feature, you’ll want to highlight it too. Whether it’s the ornate trim work or the corner stove, plan your living room around these pieces because these are the things that give your space personality in the end.