15 Scandinavian Living Rooms to Spark Ideas

nesting coffee tables in a Scandinavian living room

Cathie Hong Interiors

If you want to create a cozy oasis at home, Scandinavian home decor is the perfect inspiration. Warm, inviting, and comforting, Scandinavian design is sleek and modern, but with a welcoming vibe that works in any home. With a strong focus on textures and light, airy hues, Scandinavian decor is perfect for lightening up any living space no matter the size.

A sister of minimalism, Scandinavian design is all about focusing on what matters and reducing the clutter that doesn't add to your home. If you are looking for that perfect Swedish home decor inspiration, here are some of our favorite Scandinavian-inspired living rooms.

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    Keep Things Light and Airy

    minimalist home

    True Home

    There is no single rule to following Scandinavian design, but many Scandi homes focus on a neutral color palette. The crisp white palette in this living space is clean and simple, but the textures in the room keep it from feeling stark or clinical.

    Focus on cool shades of white to keep your home feeling open and airy. Pair white with natural wood finishes to add a bit of warmth without darkening your room.

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    Focus on Just the Must-Haves

    scandi farmhouse living room

    Burchard Design Co.

    This tan and brown living room is a perfect example of a Scandinavian living room that experiments with color but still feels straight out of a Danish home decor magazine.

    The signature Scandinavian look is stripped back and concentrates just on what is needed and nothing that isn't. Keep things simple and elegant, with minimal art and decor.

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    Mix Types of Wood

    scandi living room with modern touches

    LeClair Decor

    Most Scandinavian homes utilize lots of natural wood materials as seen in this living space. While most homes will focus on lighter, washed-out woods, don't be afraid to play with different shades of wood, even white or gray painted surfaces.

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    True Simplicity

    Boho Scandi living room with hanging plant.

    Home and Spirit

    You won't find colorful, oversized artwork in most Scandinavian homes, but that doesn't mean Scandi design is devoid of all art. This lovely living space features two simple pieces of wall art that feel purposeful and pair beautifully with the simple color palette in the rest of the room.

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    Find the Right Lighting

    Light living room

    emskipihla / Instagram

    Nothing screams Scandinavian more than a perfectly lit room. This lovely room not only features a beautiful neutral palette we can't get enough of, but the multiple sources of lighting are also perfect for creating a soothing space no matter the time of day.

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    Add in Greenery

    White Scandi living room.

    Esther B Schmidt

    Though the Swedes are all about simplicity, rooms that feature greenery like this space are a great way to marry the minimalist look with a space that channels the outdoors. We love the various textures used in this living room that give it depth but don't feel cluttered or too busy.

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    Let the Light In

    Minimalist home decor

    vivandtim.home / Instagram

    The perfect Scandi living room features lots of bright, natural light like this wonderful room. If you're lucky enough to have ample natural light, embrace it and plan your living room around the windows and doors and limit the window coverings to let the most light in.

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    Embrace the Undone Look

    living space with gray couch

    ahintofcashmere / Instagram

    There's just something utterly welcoming and comforting about this living room above. It could be the soft textures throughout the space or the rustic wooden coffee table, but we think it also has something to do with the purposefully messy lived-in look. A Scandinavian room is never overly polished or clinical–instead, it feels well-loved and casual.

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    Little Extras

    White living room with hammock

    my_sweet_little_home / Instagram

    Make your Scandinavian living room feel personalized and perfect for you with an accessory like this causal hammock featured above. The best element of Scandi design is that it has no rulebook–anything goes, as long as it follows a few simple principles.

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    A Scandi-Inspired Gallery Wall

    living room with lots of artwork

    @brooks.creativestudio / Instagram

    Just because many Scandinavian homes limit wall art, doesn't mean yours has to. This lovely room proves that as long as you keep your art focused on a single color palette, a well-curated gallery wall can be the perfect accessory to a Scandinavian living room.

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    Add Layers

    Scandinavian living room ideas

    Design: S.U.S.A.P.

    You already know that adding texture is key when it comes to Scandi living rooms, but this cozy space proves that a few layers can make all the difference. As long as you stick to monochrome color palettes, you can experiment with various textures and patterns and still keep your space calming and inviting.

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    A Dark Color Palette

    gray and black living room

    home_numberfifteen / Instagram

    Though most Scandinavian spaces are light and airy, you can still make deeper colors like black or navy work. This lovely room proves that black paint can look sophisticated and Scandi, as long as you maintain simple accessories and clean lines throughout the rest of the space.

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    Hygge As a Priority

    Living room with gray couch

    lifeofthechapmans / Instagram

    Though there is no direct translation for the Danish word "hygge," it embodies the idea of coziness and comfort and this couch couldn't be more in line with this Scandinavian theme. Add knits, woven fabrics, pillows and more to create a cozy space, but avoid going overboard and adding clutter. Balance is key.

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    Midcentury Themes

    Living room with gray walls and gray couch

    lifeatseventeen_ / Instagram

    Though Scandinavian design is not the same as midcentury modern, they do share some common themes. This living room features clean lines and tapered legged furniture that work well with either design style. Both styles embrace the art of minimalism and design with intention in a way we love.

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    Break the Rules

    Living room with throw pillows

    thejeningtongosfor / Instagram

    The best thing about Scandi design is there are no rules. While there are some common themes, it's easy to use the basics of Scandinavian design and make it your own. This living room plays with color and textures a little more than some of our other Scandi spaces, but still embodies that feeling of modern simplicity.

As far as design trends go, Scandinavian design is one of the easiest to get behind. What's not to love about a movement that embodies the feeling of comfort and warmth and strives to create calm in every space? Scandi design is a great inspiration for bringing a bit of simplicity and happiness to your own space.