10 Ideas to Steal from Scandinavian-Style Master Bedrooms

10 Ideas to Steal from Scandinavian-Style Master Bedrooms

Shifrah Combiths
Nov 8, 2015
(Image credit: Skona Hem)

Skona Hem via Blackford & Sons

Scandinavian interiors appeal to our desire for cleanliness, serenity, and room to breathe. These elements are particularly appealing in bedrooms, which, above all rooms in a home, should inspire calm and relaxation. Here are some ideas to steal from the Scandinavian style we love.

1. White on white on white

No need to worry about shades of this non-hue; the preponderance alone lends interest to the no-fuss, sophisticated look pictured above. Even the canvas hung on the white wall above the white bed is white, adding interest that's unexpected and subtly quirky.

(Image credit: BLOOC)


2. It doesn't have to be big.

A cozy nook filled with the Scandi hallmarks of light, texture, and monochromes is missing nothing even though the space is tiny. The skylight and the veil provided by the plant make this an adult hideout I wouldn't mind spending more than the night in.

RESIDENCE Magazine via La Maison d'Anna G.

3. If the room looks like a black-and-white photo...

...you're probably getting Scandinavian style right.

femina Magazine via My Scandinavian Home

4. Don't forget a touch of warmth.

A room of stark contrasts can feel antiseptic and cold. Remembering to include some natural wood or even just a touch of gold—as in the picture frames above—adds both personality and the warmth that you don't want missing, especially in the bedroom.

(Image credit: marimekko)

marimekko via NORDIC DESIGN

5. Don't be afraid of color.

It's true that many Scandinavian rooms are monochromatic, but especially when combined with the quintessential elements of space, clean lines, light, and texture, color can absolutely be a part of Scandi decor.

(Image credit: Stadshem)

Stadshem via decordots

6. "Forget" to make the bed.

With a relatively empty room that's not busy with heavy furniture or many colors, you can get away with a ruffled, crumpled, supremely inviting (read: unmade) bed. Don't tell my mom.

(Image credit: decordots)


7. Put your bed on the floor.

Going frame-less and headboard-less is a fuss-free (and money-saving) choice that maximizes the large, open space characteristic of Scandi spaces. It's like a Montessori bed for adults.

(Image credit: Susanna Vento for Sato)

Susanna Vento for Sato via decordots

8. Bring the outdoors in with plants.

Part of a proclivity for bringing the outside in, plants are ubiquitous in Scandinavian interiors.

(Image credit: Derek Swalwell )

Derek Swalwell

9. Balance open space with a hanging light fixture.

The amount of open space in a Scandinavian-style bedroom can leave a room feeling bottom-heavy. A hanging light fixture helps bring the eye around the room, while simultaneously adding interest and perhaps some color.

ELLE Decoration Sweden via My Scandinavian Home

10. Add texture and warmth with a fur throw—or two.

With their refreshingly uncluttered and serene feel, Scandi-style rooms really highlight texture. Fur throws make seats softer and are a treat for just-out-of-bed feet.

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