6 Easy Design Tricks We Learned from Our Friends in Scandinavia

Like with hygge and health care, interior design is just done better in Scandinavia. But an all-white palette and bleached wood accents? That reads a bit Extreme Makeover: Denmark Edition. Fear not, decor lover—there are plenty of subtler Scandi design tricks to bring into your home.

1

BARE WINDOWS

With minimal daylight throughout much of the year, Scandinavians do everything in their power to maximize it. (This translates to sheer, filmy curtain panels or entirely naked windows.)

2

WHIMSY

While otherwise sparse from a decorative perspective, Scandinavian design often looks to unique, quirky presentations of common objects (think floating books and chairs used as side tables).

3

STYLED LINENS

You won’t find hospital corners and ironed pillow shams in Scandinavia. The resounding aesthetic when it comes to bedding is mussed, breezy and organic.

4

MIXED GEOMETRY

Think a sharp, angular dining table mixed with soft, sinuous silhouettes of a playful Panton chair.

5

GREENERY AS ART

Scandi-friendly art is, by its nature, pretty minimal. Instead folks look to statement greenery (often placed against a pale, blank wall so that it really sings).

6

HYPER-EDITING

Scandinavian interiors are nothing if not an exercise in extreme restraint. Halve your decor items on display. Then halve them again. (It’s the simplest shortcut to chic—honest.)

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