10 Scandinavian Dream Homes and What We Learned From Them

Design lessons we took from these unbelievable Nordic spaces.

Photography by fantastic frank

It's no secret that we have a long-standing love (read obsession) with Scandinavian interiors. Be it the stark minimalism, well-thought-out approach to design, or the near-perfect and streamlined build of their furnishings, there is a seemingly never-ending list of reasons why the aesthetic is one we just can't seem to shake off—not that we would if given the choice. 

Considering the fact that we are constantly on the lookout for the best and the latest in Scandi-inspired interiors, it is safe to say that we rarely find ourselves at a loss for one that evokes a deep sense of envy and admiration. And with all that we're able to gather, it would only be fair (and fitting) for us to share them with you. Read on to see the absolutely dreamy interiors we can't keep our eyes off, and the design lessons learned from each one.

It's Okay to Go With a Darker Palette
It's not all about whitewashed minimalism, and this vibrant and saturated green kitchen is all the proof you need. Paired with an all-white backdrop, the stark contrast between the two hues establish a dynamic element, balancing out the ultra contemporary qualities of the room's design. A lustrous copper pendant completes the scene, imparting the room with a statement-worthy finish. 

Photography by fantastic frank

Use the Floors
Well, almost. Install a shelf low to the ground and utilize it as a base for stacks of art books, plants, and various decorative accessories. The lower position of the shelf invites a more casual and effortless finish, one that perfectly exudes the modern simplicity of Scandinavian decor

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. 


This story was originally published on May 20, 2017, it has been updated with new information.

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Published on June 09, 2018 - 4:27am EDT

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