Design Your Scandinavian Dream Home With RoomSketcher

Design Your Scandinavian Dream Home With RoomSketcher

Did you know RoomSketcher is from Scandinavia? True. We may be worldwide but our little international team works way up north in Oslo, Norway. Scandinavia has always been a leader in design and architecture- using rigorous planning, quality natural materials and expressive yet simple construction techniques to create thoughtful, and innovative products.

Do you love Scandinavian design? If so read on.

The modern Scandinavian design movement was born out of the belief that good design can improve everyday life in conjunction with long-held ideas of simplicity and a love of nature. Established in 1930, the work of key designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Poul Henningsen has become highly sought after and has inspired decades of young designers. Buildings by Scandinavian architects such as Alvar Aalto, Sverre Fehn and Jorn Utzon put Scandinavia on the map as a destination for great design. This great design tradition continues to thrive today.

Scandinavian homes have become renowned for their elegant minimalism, warmth, and material integrity. For Scandinavian design ideas and inspiration Team RoomSketcher follows these top Scandinavian taste-makers:

  • My Scandinavian Home – Inspiring home-tour blog on unique and beautiful Scandinavinan homes.

  • Trendenser – Award-winning Scandinavian decor blog by Frida Ramstedt.

  • Stadshem – Swedish real estate agency Stadshem employs talented interior designers, professional magazine photographers and stylists to give their listings exquisite Scandinavian panache. Follow them on instagram- we do!

  • Alvhem Makleri – Alvhem Brokerage & Interiors is on the forefront of new trends in home sales, “blurring the line” between traditional brokerage and interior design services.

  • Love Nordic – Design blog by interior designer and Story North co-founder Samantha Ósk Denidóttir.

Scandinavian interior design inspiration images

Images: My Scandinavian Home, Trendenser, Stadshem, Love Nordic

Here are our top 10 ten tips on how to create a Scandinavian interior from our in-house design pro and interior architect, Frankie Elmquist:

  1. Neutral Color Palette: Whites, warm beige, soft grays, cool blues, even black, are all repetitive color themes you’ll find throughout Scandinavia. Never underestimate the power of bright white- be it on the floors, walls or ceilings. It’s all about creating a light interior to combat the long winters or “morketid” (dark time) – Yes, it’s really called that.

  1. Natural Flooring: Keep it natural. Scandinavians love the outdoors and have a deep appreciation of natural materials- be it wood, ceramic, clay, or beautiful handwoven wool rugs. Always neutral in color to bounce the light. Scandinavians use light stains to great effect to control color and highlight natural grain. Try white washes, subtle gray oil stains to color yellowing, or a charcoal wash to contrast bright white walls.

  1. Wood: Scandinavians revere wood – the natural sculptural elegance of its grain and warmth of it’s color. Try creating a wood clad feature wall or highlight the grain of natural wood furniture by keeping the rest of the palette neutral.

  1. Accent with black or pops of vivid color against bright whites: Swedish designer Josef Frank was a master of this. His bright color patterns on white or black backgrounds from the 1930s and 40’s are still popular textile and wallpaper patterns today. You can find his work still in production at Svenskt Tenn or similar versions inspired by the originals at Ikea.

  1. Furniture: Keep sofa shapes simple, add a sculptural accent chair with fluid lines, and mix in an iconic mid-century piece or two.

  1. Ikea: We all love it and few Scandinavian homes are without it. Many great Ikea designs have gone on to become sought-after collectibles and beloved family heirlooms. Seek-out the quality made pieces with natural finishes that will last.

  1. Form and Function: These go hand in hand here. Keep room and furniture layouts simple, furniture practical and nick-nacks to a minimal to get that spacious uncluttered look.

  1. Fire & Ice: Cold winters are a reality up here. Whether its a corner ceramic tile heater, a modern Danish wood burner or a traditional hearth – a fireplace is a key feature in almost every home.

  1. Make it Cozy: Coziness is a true Scandinavian design tenant. Scandinavians achieve it through comfort, simplicity and balancing minimalism with warm natural materials.

  2. Outdoor Rooms: Come Summer, Scandinavians open up their homes and extend their living spaces outdoors to take advantages of long evenings and the mild temperatures. Extend your living areas with a gracious deck or terrace with room for dining, lounging or even an outdoor kitchen. Oh yeah, did I mention the importance of fire? Scandinavians are raised to be masters of outdoor cooking so don’t forget to add a grill!

Alvhem Brokerage And Interior Design Property Images

Images: Alvhem Brokerage & Interiors

Ready to design your Scandinavian Dream Home? It’s easy with RoomSketcher Home Designer. The RoomSketcher product library is loaded with great examples of Scandinavian designs, finishes and furnishings that you can use to create your designs. Create floor plans and room designs and visualize your interior design ideas in 3D.

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For more home design ideas and inspiration:

Scandinavian Design – The Latest Furniture & Home Design Trends

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Popular Interior Design Blog: RoomSketcher is a Must Have!