Along with a common culture and language, the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark share a decorating style that is light and airy, simple, and clean.
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Color It White
One of the first things you notice about Scandi décor is the very limited palette. White predominates, with touches of gray, black, pale blue, or pastels taking up secondary positions. Bright or strong colors are used very sparingly as accents, if at all. This bedroom from Avenue Lifestyle shows the typical Scandinavian color scheme.Continue to 3 of 23 below.
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Light Fixtures as Decorating Accents
When you live in a climate that is dark quite a bit of the year, good lighting becomes extra important, and light fixtures become focal points for interesting or unusual design. The softly glowing paper pendant light in this bedroom shared on Remodelista is a prime example of using lighting to add unique style to a space.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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Scandinavian Cottage Bedroom
Although Scandinavian decor is generally pared down and minimalist in feel, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for personality, warmth, and touches of other decorating themes. This lovely bedroom from APD Interiors shared on The Design Inspirationalist has a cottage vibe but maintains the limited palette, clean lines, and airiness typical to Scandi style.Continue to 7 of 23 below.
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Scandinavian Bedrooms and Distressed Wood
Wood is a Scandi staple, and not only on the floors. This lovely bedroom found on The Style Files shows off not just a fantastic herringbone floor, but also a unique wall feature made from old, distressed boards. The rustic bench at the foot of the bed is another typical Scandinavian touch.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Scandinavian Bedrooms Are Open and Airy
The typical Scandinavian room leaves plenty of open space between pieces of furniture. This gives the room an airy, fresh vibe, and prevents any cramped or cluttered feel during the long, dark winter. The stunning bedroom shown here is from My Scandinavian Home.Continue to 10 of 23 below.
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Scandinavian Men's Bedroom
If you’re looking for a decorating style that is every bit as appealing to men as to women, your search has ended. The Scandi penchant for limited color, simple lines, lack of fuss, and no-frills or adornment make it a style that works in just about anyone’s bedroom.Continue to 11 of 23 below.
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Pastel Scandinavian Bedroom
While white is by far the most common color in Scandinavian décor, it isn’t the only choice. Other soft hues, such as the blush and pale gray shown in this simple room from Comfy Dwelling, are equally suited to this light and airy style. Another touch that’s common to the far north: the copper pendant light shown here. Warm metals are the perfect counterpoint to a cool palette.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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Black and White Artwork
It’s quite common to find black and white photographs or artwork in a Scandi bedroom, as in this charming space from the blog (my) unfinished home. Touches of black set off all the white while maintaining the overall feel of peaceful harmony.Continue to 14 of 23 below.
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Peaceful Scandi Bedroom
Notice how open and airy this bedroom from My Scandinavian Home is. There are no unnecessary furnishings, no rugs to break up the expanse of wooden floor, no window treatments to block out light, and no fussy knickknacks or clutter. And yet, there is plenty of personality and comfort here. That’s the art and the heart of Scandi décor.Continue to 15 of 23 below.
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Wood on the Walls and Ceiling
As already stated, wood is very popular in Scandinavian rooms, and not only on the floors or the furniture. Wood paneling on walls, or as in this room, the ceiling, is just as warm and cozy. The string of tiny paper lantern lights is another fun touch in this lovely bedroom.Continue to 16 of 23 below.
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Natural Wood in a Scandinavian Bedroom
While you'll often find exposed wood painted white in a Scandi-style room, it can also be left entirely natural, as in the wonderful room shown here from The Designer Pad. Another common Scandinavian bedroom design: the bed is right on the floor, not lifted up on a platform or frame.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Typical Scandinavian Bedroom Style
This cute and cozy bedroom shows off many Scandi staples: white wooden floors, natural wood accents, an intriguing ceiling fixture, and white artwork. Perfect.Continue to 18 of 23 below.
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Wallpaper in a Scandi Bedroom
While it's most common to find white painted walls in a Scandi bedroom, sometimes you'll find wallpaper instead, as in the room shown here. If you're not ready to make the commitment of painting your room, wallpaper is a good start. Still, it's not bright or strongly patterned; notice that the paper is a simple tan, beige, and white tone.Continue to 19 of 23 below.
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1 Big Piece of Artwork
While you'll often find a gallery wall of smaller black and white photos or artwork, another option is to go big, as in this lovely bedroom. The large abstract pieces add a zing of excitement to the space, but the muted neutral color keeps the overall vibe soothing.Continue to 20 of 23 below.
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Blue and White Scandinavian Bedroom
This glorious Scandi bedroom shared and photographed by Chris Snook on Houzz is absolutely delightful. From designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire of Mini Moderns, this room shows off the impact of blue in an otherwise white bedroom. The geometric wallpaper and bold print on the bedding aren't the usual Scandinavian design, but in this modern bedroom, they are absolutely perfect.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Whimsical Touches in the Bedroom
Just because Scandinavian design tends towards the simple doesn't mean there isn't room for whimsy or personality. Here, a colorful and fun panda poster along with a quilt-pattern area rug adds some liveliness to an otherwise white room designed by Texas Construction Company.