October 24th, 2016

Love the Scandinavian Look? Try This Color Palette


There are many decorating styles that I like to work with on a daily basis, but Scandinavian style is one of my all-time favorites. My obsession with everything Scandinavian goes back at least a couple of decades, though it wasn’t until IKEA made its debut here in the U.S. that it got its boom. The quintessential Scandinavian color palette centers mostly on a stark black and white combo, but it’s complemented by hints of grey and earth tones. Although known for its simple and restrained look, Scandinavian interiors are full of personality and warmth.

The Scandinavian Color Palette

A range of greys and beiges are ideal for a Nordic look


Deep Onyx / Elegant Charcoal / Medici Grey / Stone White / Golden Basketry / Fossil Grey / Whitecliff Beige

If you’d like to recreate the Scandinavian vibe in your own home, here are some staples that are found in nearly every Scandinavian home to help you get there.

Try white floors to reflect light
Scandinavian winters are long and harsh, and nights are longer than most would like. In order to brighten up their homes, Scandinavians paint their floors white to reflect more light into their space. If you’re hesitant about having white floors, you can also paint them a light grey like Stone White, or use pale hardwood such as birch or ash.

Choose furniture for form & function
When I think of Scandinavian style, Mid-century furniture comes to mind — it’s all about form and function. Comfortable pieces with clean lines are key. Also, mixing natural materials like wood, wool, leather and sheepskin helps add a casual and effortless feel to every Scandinavian interior.

Accessorize with colorful accent pieces
The beauty of Scandinavian design is that its neutral color palette makes it easy to play with small pops of color here and there. Try fun simple decorative accents, but remember to keep them to a minimum since Scandinavian design is all about simplicity. Geometric patterns and soft textures are also popular features of Scandinavian design.

Happy decorating!

Mix of textures and elements is ideal for the Nordic style


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.

Categories: Color, Inspiration