The Nordic Nursery: Kid Rooms With Scandinavian Style

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    11 Tips for Creating a Simple, Scandinavian-Inspired Nursery

    Nordic kid's room in black and white

    When it comes to kids rooms, it’s hard to beat the elegant simplicity of ​Scandinavian design. Bright, clean and thoroughly modern, the Scandinavian aesthetic values both form and function, creating kid-friendly spaces that are as practical as they are beautiful.

    Dreaming of a Nordic-inspired nursery or kid’s room for your little one? Get the look you love with these simple tips for decorating with Scandinavian style.

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    Begin with a Blank Canvas

    White, Scandinavian style kid's room with colorful decorations
    Photo via inspiralia.

    Fresh white walls and wooden floors are a hallmark of Scandinavian style, which tends to put greater emphasis on more subtle design elements, like shape and texture. Furniture should also be mostly neutral and bright, featuring natural or white woods and light-colored fabrics. The goal is to create a clean and simple backdrop for your design. 

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    Introduce Color

    White nursery with bright, colored accents
    Photo via Nicety.

    While our Scandinavian friends prefer white walls, they don’t shy away from color, especially in kids’ rooms. Colorful accents are a must. Keep things simple with one or two bold accent colors, or introduce an entire family of soft pastel hues.

    Craving more color? Consider adding a wall-papered accent wall or painting a piece of furniture! A single, colorful accent piece can add just the right touch. 

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    Think in Black and White

    Black and white nursery with a lively mix of patterns
    Photo via Project Nursery.

    Black and white rooms are so quintessentially Nordic. These monochrome beauties feature playful patterns and plenty of dramatic contrast. A single accent piece in a bold shade, like yellow or red, ​add the perfect touch. 

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    Go Graphic

    Nordic-inspired girl's room with graphic patterns
    Photo via Mommo Design.

    Graphic prints and simple patterns, featuring geometric shapes and kid-friendly icons like stars, hearts, and animals, are most definitely Scandi-chic. Use them liberally, and don’t be afraid to mix and match.

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    Let the Light In

    Bright and airy nursery with dramatic light fixture, large windows, and lots of natural light
    Photo via Nordic Design.

    Nordic design and natural light go hand in hand. Large windows let in plenty of sunshine, and simple shades offer a functional yet understated alternative to heavy curtains.

    Lacking in the natural light department? Good interior lighting is the next best thing!

    Track lighting or recessed bulbs are popular in Scandinavian spaces, as are dramatic light fixtures featuring sculptural details and clean lines. 

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    Make It Modern

    Modern, Nordic boy's room in black and white
    Photo via T.D.C..

    Nordic style is distinctly modern, boasting clean lines, simple forms and plenty of mid-century flair. To capture the right aesthetic, focus on creating strong, straight lines. Opt for simple furnishings and geometric shapes, and highlight the natural lines of windows and other structural elements. 

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    Take the Minimalist Approach

    Scandinavian style, minimilist kid's room
    Photo via Petit and Small.

    Kids don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy. Cut the clutter, and take the less-is-more approach. Instead of storing dozens of dusty books on bookshelves, try displaying your little one’s latest library haul on slim, easily accessible book ledges. Pass on cheap, plastic playthings in favor of toys that encourage imaginative play, and keep your little one’s wardrobe to a minimum. 

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    Choose Functional Furnishings

    Scandinavian design is nothing if not practical. Versatility is prized, and how you use your space is as important as how it looks.

    When choosing furniture, opt for multifunctional pieces, such as cribs that transform into toddler beds and seating with built-in storage. Furniture with wheels is also a sensible choice, allowing you to move and rearrange things as needed.  

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    Keep It Kid-Friendly

    Scandinavian style girl's room with kid-friendly furniture
    Photo via Petit & Small.

    If you want to create a functional living space for your little one, you’re going to have to think like a toddler. Look for scaled-down furniture, and consider replacing wardrobes and dressers with low-hanging hooks and manageable cubbies. Simple, child-sized bed frames or floor beds allow kids to climb in and out of bed on their own without fear of falling, and low shelves allow for easy access to toys while doubling as play surfaces. 

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    Add a Touch of Whimsy

    Nordic style kids room with whimsical, house-frame bed.
    Photo via Jujuzozo.

    Scandinavian kids’ rooms always inspire a sense of whimsy and wonder, putting an emphasis on imagination and play. Lively patterns and whimsical art prints featuring fun sayings and illustrated characters add a uniquely childish charm, and playful touches, like colorful bunting and strings of fairy lights, are a perfect fit. 

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    Be Eco-Friendly

    Scandinavian style kid's room with woodland theme
    Photo via barnrumsinspo.

    Committed to the eco-friendly design movement, Nordic designers strive to use organic products and responsibly sourced materials whenever possible. Natural textiles and rustic woods dominate their living spaces, and children’s rooms often have natural themes, featuring trees, flowers and lots of furry, woodland friends