8 Scandinavian Dream Homes, and What We Learned From Them

Design lessons we took from these unbelievable Nordic spaces.

photography by ANDREA PAPINI VIA ELLE DECORATION


Mixing and Matching Decorative Schemes Can Pay Off
When two solid decorative styles come together, good things are always in store. In this colorful home, it's all about mixing Scandinavian cool with a little boho chic. The result? Pops of warm color, a bevy of live greens, and streamlined furnishings, which effortlessly complement one another. 

photography by CARINA OLANDER FOR LANTLIV


Linens Are Best Put On Display
A vintage cabinet with glass fronts means your best linens are always on display. Be it in the bathroom or at the end of the hall, think of it as an easy way to add the illusion of more texture to a space.

photography by FANTASTIC FRANK


Green Is In!
While the shade is often reserved for wall paint or textiles, consider utilizing it in the form of furnishings. Here, a maple wood table comes paired with a set of bold green dining chairs that steal the spotlight. An entrancing pendant of a similar hue completes the look. 
 

photography by KRISTIN LAGERQVIST VIA ELLE DECORATION


Florals Aren't Going Anywhere
Especially when it happens to come in the form of a wallpaper. Feeling extra bold? Go with a two-tone scheme, utilizing a hue that will complement the major tones of the wallpapered print.
 

photography by ADAM HELBAOUI VIA NORDIC DESIGN


Black on Black Exudes Contemporary Cool
Decorating with an almost exclusively all-black decor scheme can be done. The key? Avoiding the overly glossy and opting for a variety of textures that will emulate a diverse finish among the furnishings.
 

photography by FANTASTIC FRANK


The Outdoors Are Just As Important As The Indoors
Especially when you have a terrace as dreamy as this. Establish a seamless transition from the inside out by utilizing sheer textures and decorative furnishings of a muted palette.

photography by ADAM HELBAOUI


Brown + Gray Works
The proof is here. Within an almost exclusively contemporary decor scheme, streamlined cabinets pair all too well with the soft grays of the backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Vintage dining chairs and a pair of steel-colored pendants impart the space with a cohesive feel. 

photography by CARINAO LANDER


Kid Decor Works In Any Situation 
A swing installation in the middle of the living room is definitely acceptable, as long as it fits within the surrounding decorative scheme. 

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Published on May 20, 2017 - 8:00am EDT

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