15 Rooms That Prove Scandi Style Can Be Colorful
While Scandinavian design is known for its understated, monochromatic spaces, there are plenty of Scandi-style homes that are bursting with color. See how homeowners around the web masterfully incorporate color into their spaces without compromising that cozy Northern European look.
Blues, especially navy, read more like neutrals than bold colors, and different shades can be paired together without overwhelming.
Pastels are in for 2018, so take full advantage. Here, a beautifully worn light blue rug is complemented by gentle pinks seen in the tabletop accessories.
Scandinavians are known for their bold use of textiles, proven by design great Josef Frank, precursor to fellow Swedish textile powerhouse Ikea and Finnish brand Marimekko. A bright chartreuse tablecloth and blue curtains add life to this kitchen.
In this kitchen, flat-fronted cabinets keep the robin’s egg blue in line with Scandi-style’s signature minimalist look.
Artwork is an easy way to add color to a space. In John Baker and Juli Daoust-Baker’s open-concept living and dining room, oversized Swedish botanical prints inject a splash of color.
Choosing just one color offers a uniform look. In John and Juli’s cottage, a blue sofa with a blue-blocked rug underfoot keeps the palette cohesive.
The same shade of blue is continued into the sunroom, where blonde wood frames the bold-patterned furniture for a quintessentially Scandi feel.
A large floral painting ties all the colors together in the bright living room of an Oslo apartment.
The bright red dining table is softened by a barely-there blue on the walls in this Oslo eat-in kitchen.
Teal and pink play nice in the bedroom, while linen bedding offers a lived-in, cozy effect.
In this living room, a monochromatic palette is broken up with pops of blush pink. Throws strewn on the sofa are a Scandi must.
Ikea collaborated with Danish furniture brand Hay to create the Ypperlig collection. The clean lines of the pieces look at home in front of a bold backdrop.
A jute rug brings texture to the pale palette in this Scandi-inspired dining room. A mint green chair breaks up the white palette, while a matching pendant light in a darker shade ties the soft and airy look together.
In this bedroom, muted shades of pink and mustard add subtle color while offering an inviting, cozy feel typical of Scandinavian design.
Sunny yellow double doors add the perfect amount of pop to this black and white living room.