It’s chic and simple, but trendy. For lack of a stronger descriptor, it always looks grown-up. Scandinavian-inspired bedroom and interior design have been taking over, and can be seen everywhere from textile trends to Pinterest. We think, in part, it has to do with the perceived effortlessness – as if someone just tried to ‘tweak’ neutral, and it all ended up looking super cool and elevated. Easy!…though we know better.
Fear not, folks. We’re here to bring you some tips to decorating your bedrooms in that Scandinavian or Nordic-inspired style you love, but just can’t seem to figure out how to do. Read on for X Ways to give your room the Scandi-treatment and get ready to be extremely #bedroomgoals
Your Scandinavian Style Bedroom Backdrop
- Don’t be afraid to let those natural rays in. Even if that means taking down or drastically simplifying your window treatments, natural lighting is huge with Scandinavian interiors.
- Think clean and crisp: White or light grey walls serve as the perfect backdrop for your decor. Your decor and intentional touches will keep it from looking stark and sterile.
- Natural wood floors? You’ve got it made, as this look works especially well with wood flooring. Carpet is cool of course, but if you’ve got wood, work it.
- Hmmm.. approaching this as a friend with your end goal in mind… but is your focal point art piece is that Fathead from college or a beer stained flag of any sort? Do you still abuse The Chair In the Corner as a catch-all for your hopes, dreams, and clean/dirty laundry? Take a cue from very on-brand Marie Kondo and get to work. Investing in some minimalist-looking storage solutions will set the tone for the clean, open spaces of Scandi decor. Get organized so that you can introduce some new, open spaces to your bedroom.
Styling Your Nordic-Inspired Bedroom: Bedding Solutions
The focal point of your bedroom is your bed. We’ve got to make it shine, but in a Scandi-way, which it notably not-shiny or discordant in any way…but you know what I mean. We’re shooting for comfortable and stylish.
The good news is, this look offers a lot of leeway in terms of color palettes that work well:
- Darker colors and sharp contrasts can make a strong, elegant statement. Your bedding can do the same, with dark charcoals, light greys, navy blues, and black. Keep an eye out for trendy colors that play well with these guys. We’re talking dark mustard, deep emerald, millennial pink, tealy teal – these guys work well with Scandinavian design.
- Bright whites, soft greys, and warm woods can all contribute to a cheery, cozy bed, and a breezy, comfy bedroom.
- Neutral colors could easily slide into the “Bold” category, but with the incorporation of tans, browns, creams, whites, and another (complementary) pop of color, like green plants, neutral-toned beds remain out of the drama. Think about what you can do with textures and different textiles here.
Let There Be (Nordic) Light: Light Fixture Design in the Bedroom
- As mentioned above, natural light is best, but what do you do if you don’t have tons of windows? Scandi decor is also known for its statement lighting fixtures. Think:
- Only have like, a window? Maximize the natural lighting by incorporating a strategically-placed large mirror or two, to help bounce the light around the bedroom.
Time to Graduate the Beanbag: Furniture in your Scandinavian Space
Keep these tips in mind when selecting furniture for your space:
- When possible, opt for furniture that is stylish and space-savvy. Treat furniture as if it were “functional art.”
- Mid-century modern-style furniture works extremely well with Scandi style.
- Hairpin-legged furniture looks great. You can use it on bed frames, nightstands, chairs, or even a small bench.
- Minimalist slatted, upholstered, or wooden headboards are best.
- Club chairs work well for a comfortable place to relax, and authentic Eames chairs are kind of the Holy Grail of Scandinavian/minimalist looks.
Decor – Not a Bore! And More than a Flea Market Print
- Ready for a child? What about a dog? Maybe you’re not there yet and even if you are, houseplants are a great addition to any scandinavian-inspired bedroom. Put them in geometric-shaped pots, sturdy woven baskets, or solid white planters.
- Do the color thing and Layer monochromatic artwork. Having just one monochromatic artwork piece can look stark and cold, but by “layering” the pieces, you can add warmth and personality to a room, even with monochromatic colors.
- Rugs – the easiest way to grow up your room. Traditional-inspired prints, faux sheepskin or faux cowhide, deep-dyed indigo patterns, Persian rugs, or a textured rug like jute, handwoven or loop, all fit within the style.
- A chunky knit blanket in a neutral color draped across the bed can add personality and coziness to the room. Lends to the whole, “oh this old thing?” vibe. Nobody needs to know that this thick weave cashmere throw was your latest splurge.
Colors, Textures, and Patterns
- Neutral colors—like whites, creams, grays, charcoal, black, tans, browns, and sepias—are your main colors for this look.
- That said, bursts of color can be utilized – it is, in fact, encouraged to keep things from getting too cold.
- Don’t forget that plants can count as a pop of color, visual interest, and a “coziness” factor! Also works to impress your houseguests with your mature care taking skills.
- High contrasts between colors, even textures, can make striking, elegant statements.
- Incorporate wood furniture pieces, like oak or teak, walnut, pine, etc.
- Live edge wood pieces are always a great addition to a Nordic-inspired bedroom, and will add character and visual interest.
- Geometric patterns and clean-lines on stark backdrops are visually striking and contribute to the overall clean aesthetic.
- Traditional prints like Baule, Bògòlanfini (or “mud cloth”), and others, can also be used as accent pieces (throw pillows or throw blanket, an area rug, a lampshade, etc.). You can also use stripes, though avoid using navy blue, to avoid accidentally making your theme look nautical.
- Note: I tried to link to designers who are actually from the regions where these prints originated. With “ethnic prints” being so popular right now, it’s good to be aware of cultural appropriation. Support indigenous artists and the print’s original heritage where you can!
- Like I mentioned elsewhere, in order to prevent the room from looking bleak and hospital-y, it’s important to bring back in “coziness” through textures. Knubby blankets, rough-looking but soft-to-the-touch linen, worn leather, wicker, faux sheepskin and faux cowhide add warmth back into the room.
- For visual interest, metals—like golds, bright copper, and wrought iron—can be added to the mix. Think lighting fixtures, decorative knick-knacks, and those hairpin legs of your furniture.
As all design goes, especially when designing your bedroom space, we encourage you tap into a few elements that stay true to you. Scandinavian-style, Nordic-inspired, knubby blankets, 50 shades of beige – these are all buzzwords, at the end of the day. The thing that’ll keep ‘em coming back for more (besides your glittering personality) is what makes your space truly you.