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Scandinavian design is all about maximizing your space through minimalism. Simplicity is key when it comes to achieving the classic Scandinavian aesthetic. Add subtle hints of texture without overpowering your interior, and stick to a neutral color palette to promote special harmony within your space. 

From patterned area rugs to earthy wood furnishings, there are several ways to accessorize a Scandinavian space while still sticking to the basics. If you’re looking to give your home a Scandinavian makeover, check out our comprehensive guide for how to totally transform your interior.

What are you waiting for? Scroll down for more timeless Scandinavian décor ideas!

Leave it to Leather

Leather has been a symbol of luxury since the beginning of time. Incorporating a touch of leather is the perfect way to add a bit of lavishness without overpowering your interior. Plus, leather will never lose its refined charm.

Amidst the characteristic Scandinavian shades, leather is an excellent element to add dimension to your space. When it comes to the living room, don’t be afraid to indulge in leather-backed chairs and other leather-based furnishings.

The warm, natural hue of leather will stand out among the predominantly light décor, without pulling too much attention away from the interior composition. 

Scandinavian living room

If you don’t want to purchase an entire piece of furniture, you can easily include a touch of leather by adding a portable leather pouf. The easy-to-move, natural grain, leather pouf can fit in almost any room, and help to balance the neutral shades.

Looking to add some additional seating? Try filling an empty corner in your home with two leather lounge chairs and a simple wooden table to create a cozy coffee nook. Even though Scandinavian style is minimal, you can still take advantage of blank space.

Rugs: A Living Room Classic

An area rug is the perfect option for sneaking some texture into your super sleek space. Rugs can provide a hint of color to create the perfect balance with the subdued Scandinavian shades. The cool, Scandinavian climate has always made rugs a popular solution for adding a bit of warmth.

A faux sheepskin rug works with your existing décor, rather than competing with it. Faux sheepskin is the perfect option if you want something with visual variation that will still stay true to your Scandinavian theme. If sheepskin isn’t your thing, simple cotton or fuzzy wool can also make your space feel more comfortable and relaxed.

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Wake Up Your Walls

The easiest way to accessorize your Scandinavian space is by adding a few pieces of soothing wall art. We offer plenty of options for Scandinavian wall art that will enhance, rather than overwhelm your interior. If you want to play with clean lines and geometric shapes, you can also explore multi-canvas wall art for a super-sharp look:

Scandinavian Waterfall Multi Panel Canvas Wall Art

You can also opt for large prints in simple black and white frames, so the art can speak for itself.

For a quick way to brighten up your walls, you can easily apply a bit of dynamic wallpaper. Create your own accent wall with peel-and-stick wallpaper that makes a bold statement while still looking classy.

Believe it or not, wood paneling is also creeping its way back into modern interiors. This Mid-century phenomenon can be updated by using white vertical beams for a truly Scandinavian appearance.

Bright and Light

Scandinavian decor is more than just a theme, it’s a feeling you get when you step into a well-designed space. When you enter a Scandinavian-inspired home, you should immediately feel a sense of peace and serenity. Make sure to maximize the output of light to achieve this sought-after tranquil aura.

Another popular Scandinavian concept is hanging paper lanterns. You’ll want to bring as much light inside as possible, and lanterns provide a softness that modern lightbulbs cannot achieve. They can balance the natural light and add a soothing glow to any space. Lanterns are also a great alternative to bulky chandeliers.

Pendant lighting is also a quintessential Scandinavian design piece. These ultra-modern light fixtures are streamlined and stylish – two essential Scandinavian elements.

Scandinavian Design No. 56 Multi Panel Canvas Wall Art

Bring the Outside, Inside

Scandinavian style is all about being effortless, simple, and natural. What better way to add that natural touch than to fill your home with gorgeous greenery?

Houseplants can bring a sense of peace and relaxation to any home. If you’re looking for an alternative to living plants, nature-inspired artwork can be just as effective at radiating positivity.

One of our favorite picks is the Scandinavian Bouquet multi-panel canvas wall art

Scandinavian Bouquet Multi Panel Canvas Wall Art

Scandinavian Your Way

The Scandinavian design philosophy is by no means a new concept, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own! Sticking to the Scandinavian style is a foolproof method to achieve livable sophistication, but don’t be afraid to add personal touches that will make your space feel like it belongs to you.

There are so many ways to explore simplicity and modernism, so play around until you find your ideal interior!

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