If you’re like us, you can get enough of Scandinavian designs. Its clean lines and functional pieces offer a simplistic elegance that is hard to match.
Thinking about changing up your dining room? Follow these five simple tips to create the ultimate Scandinavian dining room.
Scandinavian Dining Room Design
Every few years a new design takes over. We’ve tons of designs come and go. Yesterday’s rustic farmhouse is today’s modern elite.
But Scandinavian interior design has real staying power. We’re not saying those other designs are out of fashion, but we can’t get enough of Scandi decor.
Nothing looks better than a Scandinavian style dining room. It provides a simplistic, clutter-free space for elegant dining and entertainment. Here are a few of our favorite Scandinavian dining room ideas that you can replicate.
Choose a Simple Color Palette
What colors come to mind when you think of Scandinavian designs? A quick Google search will show you lots of Scandi dining rooms that are white, grey, or off-white.
These colors are at the heart of Scandinavian style but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a pop of color in your dining room. Trying adding a pastel or blush color for a subtle hint of color.
Color doesn’t necessarily have to come from your walls. Add a splash of color by hanging art or putting new throw pillows on your couch. Even a simple colored lampshade can do the trick.
People who live by Scandinavian design usually opt for a monochrome palette in their dining room to achieve a clean, more put-together look. While black and white may seem boring it can provide a pretty bold statement if done correctly.
Try leaving all your walls a crisp white and accenting them with black and white framed photographs. You can also lean into the monochrome look by using all black hardware such as knobs, curtain rods, and the base of light fixtures.
Add Warmth With Textiles
Once you have the color palette down for your Scandinavian dining room design, add warm with textiles. Blankets and pillows can help soften the look of your monochrome room and make your home look inviting.
Play With Fabrics
In the dining room, opt for textured dining room drapes. Keep the color of the drapes in your color palette and focus on the feel of the fabric. This will help play up the drama of your design.
Add seat cushions on your chairs to make your dining room appear more comfortable. Bonus: they will also help keep your chair’s cushions from getting stained in case of an accident. Or even go all in and get upholstered dining rooms chairs made to match your color scheme.
Hang a tapestry of a woven macrame piece on the wall for extra flair. Play with animal skins by adding a sheepskin or cowhide rug to your nordic living space.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
One of the common features of the Scandinavian style is using natural elements in the design. This could be as simple as opting for a solid wood dining table that is finished with a light-colored stain to bring out the natural knots in the wood.
Find a buffet table or China cabinet in natural wood and display your minimalist dishes in it.
Add a Few Potted Plants
Bringing in a few minimalist plants that can survive indoors is another great idea. A simple orchid or succulent will add to the Scandi look. Place larger plants on the floor and arrange smaller plants on plant stands or tables.
Bringing plants inside your home will also help keep your home’s air purer, particularly in winter. This is because plants breathe in carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen.
Even if you don’t have a green thumb and you’ve killed every plant you’ve met you can achieve the same results with a few high-end silk plants. Just be sure to dust them. There is nothing worse than a dusty silk plant!
Natural lighting is the star of Scandinavian design. Whenever you can design your dining room around the closest natural light sources. This could be an open window or a skylight. Leave your curtains open during the day so your dining room can soak up the warm glow of the sun.
Keep Your Home Free of Clutter
A key element in a Scandinavian dining room is for it to appear very minimalist. This doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be achieved through careful organization and strategy.
Get Rid of Excess Junk
Seriously, let it go! If it’s been a while since you’ve used your Keurig machine, maybe it’s just not for you. Why let it continue to take up space in your home.
The same goes for pieces in your dining room. Do you have a bunch of random wall hanging or collectibles? Donate them or give them away to someone who can use them.
This will allow you to make space for the items you truly care about.
Things like decorative items and fancy serving pieces that you got as a wedding gift can easily be stored in the bottom of a cabinet if you are not ready to part with them yet. But remember, they are taking up valuable space for things that you would actually use.
Choose White Flooring
The flooring that you choose for your dining room could be the biggest way to bring the Scandinavian design aesthetic to light in your room. Scandinavian spaces are defined by their white wood or concrete floors.
Choose a pinewood floor and give it a rustic whitewash to bring in more organic touches. If you don’t feel like taking on this project yourself you can always buy wood that comes pre-stained.
White tile or concrete floors add to the stark minimalist look and will help to highlight your furniture instead of the flooring. You can always add a rug under the dining room table to bring in some warmth.
Create a Dining Room You Love
You don’t have to live in Norway to enjoy the look of Scandi design. A Scandinavian dining room adds a flair of elegance and sophistication to your space. Follow these 5 tips to create a beautiful Scandinavian styled dining room today.
If you have any design questions be sure to contact us. We’d love to help you with your room’s design.