Perfect your Scandinavian Interior’s Color Theme

Scandinavian interior design lends itself well to bright, modern spaces, but can be incorporated into any kind of home due to its versatile color palette.

Read on for four popular takes on the Scandinavian color theme, and to learn how to replicate them in your space!

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Meet Monochrome

Traditionally, Scandinavian home styling favours a humble, monochrome pallet to create a simple and peaceful environment. Consider incorporating different shades of white, grey and pops of black to create an uncomplicated interior feel that is super easy to accessorise. 

If you opt for this scheme, we recommend keeping your pallet clean and light, with the lighter tones centre-stage. Blacks and dark greys can sometimes crowd your space, but when used sparingly they add the coolest modern flair.

Color starter kit: Deep Onyx, elegant charcoal grey, and stone white

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Warm Wood

Drawing inspiration from the Nordic environment and forest landscapes, warmer color groups can work well in Scandinavian interiors, together alongside natural wood pieces of furniture or art. These inject an instant cozy feel, and will make your home oh so sophisticated. 

Beige and creams are truly the flavor of the moment, and are super timeless. Warmth and coziness is an important part of the Scandinavian interior, so get ready to stay in and enjoy your new space to the max!

Color starter kit: Wood, beige hues, and warm tan

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Pastel Scandi

It may not be the first thing to come to mind, but pastel tones are a popular choice in modern Scandinavian interiors. They add a boho twist to the style, and pastel colors also do a great job of adding brightness when combined with soft grey and white.

One tip for adding pastels is to turn to your accessories. Select a mint coloured industrial style lamp for your white side table, or pick pale pink cushions or curtains. Almost any combination works here!

Color starter kit: Mint greens, baby blues and pale pastel pinks

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Gold and Jewels

Yes, really! More recently, Scandinavian interiors have started to pick from rich and earthy jewel tones, whilst maintaining the clean lines and minimalistic feel that defines any classic Scandinavian interior. This color theme is THE way to instantly add a luxurious twist. 

If you opt for this theme, don’t forget the hardware! Small touches of gold are a beautiful choice here. For example, add some minimalist brass candle sticks, or gold frames for your artwork, as they really offset the jewel tones nicely.

Color starter kit: Gold, delectable amber, and deep green

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Can’t get enough of Scandi styling?

Dive into Issue 1 of the Scandinavian Edit and read our Introduction to Scandinavian Styling

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