Small Space Dwelling: Scandinavian Style

Love the minimal, clean style of Scandinavian design? Here are four ways to get the look at home.

By: Rebecca Orlov

Do you love the neutral palette and effortless cool of Scandinavian design? This minimalist style has many components that are great for small spaces: light, versatility, brightness, and accessibility. Here’re a few ways to create the look at home.

Photograph by Rebecca Orlov.

Bring the outdoors in. A dash of earthy green is perfect for creating that Scandinavian vibe. Get the look by adding live plants to your vases, or by accenting with an indoor tree. Add other elements in glass, felt, and wood to extend that outdoorsy feel.

Embrace white tones, and layer away. Get a modern yet timeless look by using neutral tones—whites, creams, beiges—in decor and furniture. Don’t forget to layer pieces and introduce height.

Photograph by Rebecca Orlov.

Add a strong contrasting focal point. Since much of Scandinavian design is centered on whites and woods, establish a focal point using another unique material and color. This round light pendant on display at my friend’s apartment in Stockholm (above) nails the idea—it’s a contrasting color, has clean lines, and allows light to stream through.

Introduce color through pattern. This type of design often has curated color that appears in doses through patterns, like with the pops of blue above.

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