15 Colorful Scandinavian Decor Ideas for a Minimalist Spring Vibe
It’s no secret that Scandinavian decor is trending in the interior design world. From its minimalist vibes to the clean lines and uber-modern look, everything about it is simply stylish. If you’ve been meaning to add a touch of Scandinavian style to your home, this spring is the perfect time to invite it into your space. But instead of going for the traditional monochrome look, get a fresh take on the uber-trendy Scandi decor with some bright + beautiful palettes inspired by all those blooming flowers. Whether you’re looking for floaty linens, soft pastels or floral finishes, the 15 beautiful Scandinavian-inspired rooms below are full of fresh ideas for how to spruce up your home this spring. Just be sure to add that on-trend minimalist furniture and some necessary metallic accents to finish off the look just right.
1. Lemon Zest Yellow: If there’s one thing you don’t find a lot of in Scandinavian decor, it’s curtains. Scandinavians recognize the importance of natural daylight for well being, so they design their homes to let in as much light as possible. Ditch your heavy winter curtains and throw down some serious color in the form of a new throw rug or pillows. (via New Zealand Design Blog)
2. Floral Finishing Touches: Nature is an important feature of the Scandinavian lifestyle, so bring the outdoors inside with natural, bright colors and plant-inspired accessories like this floral rug. Introduce a little (or a lot of) greenery into your home, whether with an indoor herb garden or by painting your cabinets bud green. (via Yellowtrace)
3. Pink Work Accents: Clean lines and organic shapes are the epitome of Scandinavian furniture and nothing shows off those lines quite like the perfect accent wall. Create a calm atmosphere and feeling of spaciousness with simple furniture choices and a soothing shade of rose pink in your workspace. (via Domino)
4. Retro Accents: Scandinavian homes are famous for their white interiors, and painting your walls pale colors will help bounce the light around and make your home look brighter. Ditch the carpet for glossy tiles or concrete, and add visual interest with colorful throw blankets and poufs. (via Studio Aandacht)
5. Floral Display: Warm up your interiors by introducing more natural wood into your home. You can do this with side tables, flooring or even unfinished wood accessories like candle sticks and mirrors. Wood tones and white walls create a fresh and welcoming home, especially when paired with a colorful bouquet of flowers. (via My Scandinavian Home)
6. Neon + Neutrals: Dress up your sofa with cushions and throws to create a relaxing place to rejuvenate. Opt for a soft grey or tan couch and add an injection of color with hot orange, yellow or traditional Scandi motifs. Skip the gallery wall, and go for one big piece of statement art for a minimalist look. (via Interiors to Inspire)
7. Rustic Details: Wood accents play a huge role in Nordic style, and unfinished wood pieces help create a sense of connection to nature and the outdoors. Embrace a minimalistic color palette, but give it an urban twist with layered accent tables, a patterned rug, hanging planters and metallic accents like these copper IKEA HÖNEFOSS mirrors ($29). (via Binti Home Blog)
8. Geometrics Galore: Nothings says Scandi like a good old monochrome palette, but instead of black and white, this pink and gray color palette brings a gorgeous, feminine take to the classic look. Keep the look fresh and modern with geometric patterns, concrete planters and rose gold accents. (via @littlemissapple)
9. Pink Pouf: Since minimalistic decor relies on a few essentials for character, make sure those few pieces are easy colors to mix and match. Additionally, a pouf like this pink one can be used as extra seating, a footstool and even a side table which makes it a definite “must.” Dual functionality is valued in Scandinavian style, and the phrase “less is more” is held in high regard, making multi-purpose furniture a big win. (via Traveling Mama)
10. Clean Lines: In terms of furniture, clean lines are the thing. Whether you’re decorating a nursery or living room, sofas and tables (and cribs) should embrace mid-century minimalism with clean lines and natural colors. Scandinavian design prides itself on functional design, so giant fabric baskets are the perfect solution for a quick clean-up and colorful decor accent. (via Bolig Liv)
11. Chic Entrance: Want to make a really bold rug work? Keep the other elements in the room subdued so the rug can take center stage. This colorful tribal runner in the entryway looks especially nice against a light wood floor. (via Oh Happy Day)
12. Navy + Pink: If you + boo just moved in together and you’re struggling to decide how to combine differing decorating aesthetics, Scandinavian minimalism is a great solution. Strong looks like navy blue and rustic materials pair effortlessly with more feminine accents like pastel pink and gold side tables create a winning combination. Put a bench at the end of the bed to hack some extra storage space in a small bedroom. (via My Scandinavian Home)
13. Floral Wallpaper: Good storage is key to creating a spacious Scandinavian styled interior. If possible, go for built-ins that give your home a more streamlined look or get creative with unusual spaces (like an unused fireplace) for more storage space. Get rid of as much clutter as possible, and display items you like looking at in baskets or pretty wooden totes. (via Decor8)
14. Pretty in Pink: Socializing is a big part of the Scandinavian culture, so a good-sized dining table or breakfast nook is essential for entertaining. Brighten up a sub-par dining area with a pastel table and a few bold throw pillows to create an area that’s just the thing for savoring time spent in good company with lots of good coffee. (via Decor8)
15. Copper + Neon: Hygge is the secret ingredient vital for the feel-good Scandinavian lifestyle, and it’s all about creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Bring in metals like copper and chrome to work with soft pinks — their ultra-polished look will add to the modern vibe without an industrial feel. Suspended lights are great for the minimalist look, since they take up zero floor space and free up the room for a breathable and airy interior. (via Vtwonen)
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