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Whether it’s measuring happiness metrics or leading the way in iconic, minimalist decor, the Scandinavians are always one step ahead. With its pared-back aesthetic and classic style, this interior trend easily adapts to existing styles and bolder looks.

And where better to start dipping your toes into this trend than with accessories? With the help of the right pieces, you’ll be well on your way towards a beautiful Scandinavian inspired home - cold winter months entirely optional. Read on for some major inspo!

Experiment with colours

Scandinavian inspired living room and kitchen
Doan Nguyen, Boncville

This popular style can be adapted to your preferences - perhaps you fancy a mod, monochrome approach or a bit of colour. Both can work, but the trick is to keep it clean, with nothing too harsh.

A subdued colour theme of black and white creates a strong visual impact. Balance out the white spaces with strategic black elements like coffee tables and frames, before anchoring it with shades of grey.

A calm living room, with sage walls, wooden details and pink chairs.
My Scandinavian Home

This Scandi trend isn’t known for overdosing on bold pops of colour, but a select range of hues adds an element of interest. Fresh colours like pink or sage are perfect on chairs, ceramics and even cabinets. They also work well with natural finishes like oak and steel, bringing a calm presence to this contemporary look.

Shop the look below:
A collage of minimalist, Scandi accessories
1. Marble table, Ferm Living 2. Amelie glazed pink side plate, Rose & Grey 3. Wild Fig & Cedar 5oz scented candle - ceramic & copper lid, Paddywax Hygge 4. Muuto Fiber chair, Huset

Go big with different textures

A living room in neutral tones with a fur throw
Houzz

Some would say that a Scandi home is incomplete without a sprinkle of Hygge - and they’d be right! As firm proponents of all things cosy, we’re 100% on board when it comes to layering up, especially in understated and minimal interiors.

Cosy living spaces with throw cushions, rugs and knits.
The Lux Pad, Nordic Design

Experiment with different kinds of texture, such as rugs and knitted cushions. Or for a unique take, light fixtures can give your home a unique boost of personality and style. It can also soften the overall feel of the space, instilling a sense of togetherness and warmth that is ideal for living rooms and the bedroom.

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Scandinavian accessories including a sculptural lamp and cosy cushions.
1. Carmina Lamp Shade in white, Rose & Grey 2. New Zealand Sheepskin Cushion in walnut, Nature’s Collection 3. Jersey Weave Cushion in Blue Marl, Marks & Spencer

Decorate with different finishes

Wooden dining set with leather strap shelf against a sage walll
Furniture Choice

A typical Scandi interior usually calls for natural materials like wood and oak - crafted side tables or even a matching dining set would stand out as stylish yet practical additions in the home. For extra brownie points, DIY a snazzy leather strap shelf that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

A modern minimal living room with industrial and Scandi influences.
My Scandinavian Home

For a more industrial-influenced look, finishes like brass and steel are great options to experiment with. This clean, subdued approach can also translate to reflective finishes on lights and kitchen appliances, as well as brass legs and elegant picture frames.

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Collection of metallic accessories including lamps and a picture frame.
1. Brushed brass fluted pendant light, Tudo & Co. 2. Manola chandelier, Herstal 3. Handmade picture frame, Peastyle

Mix different looks

Bright, patterned living rooms
Flodeau, Deco Holic

Ultimately it’s your home and you have full control over how it should look, so if you want to channel your bolder side, bring it on!

Patterns and colourful prints aren’t hallmarks of this minimalistic trend, but a fresh burst of colour will definitely take your room to the next level. A vibrant sofa or artwork helps to create a strong focal point while keeping the space from feeling cold and unfriendly.

Living room with a monochrome theme and large black sofa.
Home Edit

It doesn’t have to be all light, airy spaces and natural wood though - the dark side of Scandi offers a more dramatic, contrasting take on this style.

If a full accent wall is too imposing, try a black sofa or an armchair, followed with smaller elements like lamps and cushions. You can also mix black with bold patterns for a punchy, modern aesthetic - just remember to keep to an overarching colour theme (in this case, black) for consistency.

Shop the look below:
Collage of patterned accessories.
1. Mid Century inspired Scandi pink wall art, Etsy 2. Origami Black rug, Woven 3. Otomi Pom Pom cushion, The Elephant Stamp