Look We Love: This is the New Scandinavian

Look We Love: This is the New Scandinavian

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Nancy Mitchell
Dec 15, 2016
(Image credit: Entrance Makleri)

If you make a habit of following design blogs, then you're probably quite familiar with the look that a lot of Scandinavian interiors have: white walls, light floors, minimal furnishings, neutral tones. But lately, the Scandinavians, ever the design innovators, have been shaking things up a little, with new textures, new shapes, and even a little bit of color. This is the New Scandinavian look, with all the design cred of the old, plus a little something extra.

Above: A beautiful, moody space from Entrance Makleri. The furniture choices are typically Scandinavian, but the palette takes it just a bit farther.

(Image credit: Poppytalk)

This Danish apartment from Poppytalk has the uncluttered feel that makes Scandinavian interiors so appealing, plus an extra dose of texture and color from an antique safari chair, a Moroccan rag rug, and a few plants.

(Image credit: French by Design)

Rather than sticking to pieces from a single era or style, the designer of this apartment from French by Design chose to play up the contrast between the smooth curves of the Saarinen dining table and the industrial-style chairs, and between the mid-century pieces and the antique china cabinet.

(Image credit: Hus & Hem)

The Josef Frank wallpaper (and the bright teal trim!) make this space from Hus & Hem, and prove that bold design choices are often rewarded.

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Plants and an antique-looking rug add a little bit of texture and mystery to this space from My Scandinavian Home.

(Image credit: Lovely Life)

From Lovely Life, this Swedish apartment mixes patterns with aplomb while still retaining a bit of that soothing Scandinavian minimalism, thanks to white walls and a few streamlined pieces.