Scandinavian design—an aesthetic marked by minimalism and functionality—has been influential since its inception in the early 20th century, but design ideas are still coming into the mainstream from the Nordic region to this day.
Here's what's trending in the world of Scandinavian furniture, decor, and interiors, some of our favorite pieces to kick start your shopping.
Because of the functionality aspect of Scandinavian design, using storage pieces that double as stylish decor is a no-brainer. According to Anna Decilveo, a merchandiser at the Swedish-founded company Tictail, “The shelf or basket you would've likely hid in your closet is, instead, a work of art in itself.” From storage racks to kitchen organizers, virtually every facet of your home can be Scandinavian-level chic.
This three-legged garment rack is heavy on both form and function thanks to a sturdy design and a combination of sharp angles and smooth curves.
$149, West Elm
Perfect for an entryway or under a clothing rack, this shoe rack combines whitewashed wood and metal, with a slender silhouette that works for large or small spaces.
$149, Pottery Barn
Wool, mohair, and sheepskin throws are some of the few accent pieces that bring texture in the home while abiding to the Scandinavian aesthetic. Opt for shades of gray, like Charcoal, natural textures, like burlap or jute, or muted hues, like a pale purple with gray undertones, when picking blankets or throws.
This knitted tweed throw features diamond patterns made of microfiber polyester for a soft, textured look, and cozy feel.
This soft mohair throw boasts a natural sandy beige color, complete with a delicate fringe that brings neutral texture to your couch.
Scandinavian design doesn’t involve a whole lot of color, though if you’re looking to brighten up a space without sacrificing the Scandinavian style, plants can do just the trick. They bring an earthy, arboreal element to the already natural look, while adding a statement pop of color without feeling too in your face.
The pachira plant, also known as the money tree, is easy to grow and known to bring good luck. Enhance your decor and feng shui all at once.
This tropical plant will bring an earthy energy and brilliant pop of color into your home, without all of the care required for a real alternative.
Scandinavia's favorite accent color? Clearly, it's blue — a bright blue that stands out brilliantly against all-white interiors, like in this belonging to industrial designer Josefine Bentzen. If you’re looking to give your Scandinavian monochrome palette an easy pop of color, this is a go-to shade.
A jewel-toned blue rug with cream leaf-shaped accents brings in classic Scandi-style nature motifs while still keeping your look modern.
$6,000, ABC Carpet & Home
The streamlined silhouette and glossy blue finish of this modern industrial pendant light will illuminate your favorite spaces while adding a touch of rich color.
We're seeing a major transition to worn leather pieces in Nordic interiors, like these leather-backed wooden chairs in Swedish stylist Lotta Agaton's home at . They're rustic without looking too antique — and look great with a sheepskin blanket tossed over their back. We're thinking this might be a Swedish play on the current American mid-century modern obsession.
The buckled straps of this sling-style chair highlight the buttery softness of the leather.
$1,995, Restoration Hardware
This authentic aniline-dyed buffalo leather pouf provides simple seating that can be moved from room to room, while adding a touch of warmth with the orange-hued natural grain leather.
While wall-to-wall carpeting is a definite no in Scandinavian design, there are still ways to bring texture to your floors. Our advice? Sheepskin rugs. In the colder climates that Scandinavian design was born from, sheepskin not only ties into the cultural inception of the style, it also enhances the otherwise texturally sparse look.
This cozy white area rug is ultra soft and ultra h, perfect for a textured monochrome look that complements virtually all Scandinavian decor.
The perfect accent for your floors, a bed, or a sofa, this dusty pink faux sheepskin rug is lush and artfully knitted, with a touch of femininity.
There's an ethereal feel to these giant paper lanterns, both an interpretation of Asian-inspired light fixtures and a sideways take on a traditional chandelier. In calligrapher 's home, four huge lanterns hang over her kitchen table, creating a whimsical overhead installation.
This bubble-shaped pendant light brights a soft, diffuse glow that's like candlelight with the volume turned up (a very hygge feeling).
Starting from $395, Design Within Reach
Scandinavian meets zen with this warm floor lantern. At 51-inches tall, this cozy lamp will illuminate an entire room with comfortable lighting.
Traditional Scandinavian style values bright, airy spaces, making light wood floors the perfect pick. In addition to wood on floors, the style also favors wood accents and finishes. There's something very serene about slatted walls, like those at the ; like you're hiding away in a cabin or about to spend the most relaxing hour in the sauna.
Floating shelves are functional and sleek, providing plenty of open storage while enhancing the Scandinavian look. These plank shelves are complete with a magnetic bottom, perfect for storing keys and other small magnetic items.
Starting at $20, West Elm
This easy-to-install peel & stick shiplap can transform an accent wall, ceiling, or entire room in your home with that signature Scandinavian style. Plus, many options are paintable, so you can achieve a specific, customized look.
Starting at $203, Wallplanks
It's no surprise the Swedes turn towards monochrome artwork, like in this , considering the rest of their house tends to stay in the realm of black and white. Not that America will ever go strictly minimalist (we're too obsessed with antiques and collecting, well, everything), but we'd love to see this simple, graphic artwork interspersed amongst colorful rooms. Layer them for a casual, but stylish effect.
A continuous-line piece gives plenty of personality without having to worry about clashing colors.
Printed on archival paper made from cotton pressed in Italian mills, this silhouette print by Elodie Bachelier is simple and elegant–just like your home.
Starting at $19, Urban Outfitters
After years of chevron, we're eager for stripes to make a comeback —especially if they're simple and black-and-white, like this H&M Home pillow seen in artist 's Norwegian home. Dodge the nautical look by avoiding navy blue, and keep the rest of your decor as contemporary as possible.
For a softer look, opt for stripes with an organic, uneven texture that wards off fussiness.
Casual and versatile, this striped rug brings an understated texture to your floors.