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Simple and stylish: the effortless appeal of Scandinavian furniture

Food… fashion… furniture – we can’t think of anything the Scandinavians don’t do well. The modern Nordic or Scandinavian style was born in the early 20th century with simply designed furniture, bright, neutral walls and floors, warm woods and textured natural textiles. Popular to this day, Scandi style furniture is perfect for those who prefer to keep clutter and fuss to a minimum, and this fresh, functional style never goes out of fashion. You can either embrace it completely, or introduce elements that appeal to you.
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Retro Scandinavian furniture for the modern home

Scandinavia has given us some real design classics – like Jacobsen’s iconic 60s classic ‘egg’ chair and Wegner’s countless, covetable mid-century modern pieces. Not forgetting the folding day beds, retro lighting, warm teak sideboards and clever modular shelving systems found in many a modernist’s home today. Some of the most highly collectable Scandinavian style sofas and sideboards are over 70 years old. But don’t worry about hunting it down – consider investing in some of our cool Nordic style furniture instead, and bring a splash of cool Scandi furniture sophistication into your home.

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Get comfy with Scandinavian style sofas

A few elements quickly identify a sofa as Scandinavian style furniture. Think clean lines, neutral colours and pale wood legs as well as understated functionality and an overall modern feel. Avoid more traditional furniture details like headrests, high backs, and decorative studding or stitching, and opt for contemporary simplicity instead.

For example, a roomy fabric corner sofa in a beautiful textured neutral fabric suits the Scandi living room perfectly. If you choose a modular sofa design, you can create a sofa to suit your space, adding more pieces as your family grows or if you move house. And give modern reclining sofas some serious thought too. After all, Scandinavian style is all about finding perfect comfort.

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Be bold and add colour to your Scandi décor

We all associate Scandinavian furniture style with pale neutrals – off white, cream, taupe, ice blue and grey. But Scandi style is every bit at home with bolder colours too. Moss green, charcoal grey, navy blue and chocolate brown all offer Scandi-style sophistication and may be a more practical sofa colour choice for you and your family, especially if you have children.

And don’t forget the strong design parallels between Scandinavian style furniture and cool retro chic, especially in terms of colour palette. Both styles often feature burnt orange, forest green and harvest gold – perfect for a floor lamp, a chic swivel chair or even an entire sofa.

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Simply beautiful Scandinavian dining furniture

With Scandi dining, wood is the way to go. Find Scandinavian style dining sets in pale oak or birch with smooth rectangular or boat-shaped tops, slender tapered legs and gently rounded corners. You’ll find Ercol furniture perfectly captures this look, with a wonderfully retro feel along with exceptional build quality. Whatever you decide on, consider an extending dining table so that you can entertain groups of friends and family in on trend Scandi furniture style.

And because comfort is entirely compatible with Scandinavian style, you can choose beautifully cushioned and upholstered dining chairs and dining benches rather than simple wooden chairs. To keep things interesting, try mixing and matching dining chair and bench upholstery colours within a singular colour theme – think shades of white, grey and pale blue.

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Bring in pattern, colour and cosiness with Scandi accessories

Scandinavian furniture may be clean and pared back but you can still enjoy accessorising your living room or dining room, adding your own personal flair and cosy touches. The trick is to keep things simple. Find floor lamps and table lamps with wooden or metal bases and crisp linen shades, and layer lighting – ceiling lights, floor lamps and table lamps – for an effect that’s warm as well as versatile. Keep rugs neutral but bring in interesting textures for visual interest. A sheepskin rug in cream or pale brown adds a dash of luxe to a Nordic-look living room or bedroom.

If your colour scheme is starting to feel a little too neutral, bolder contrasting or geometric patterns work perfectly in a Scandinavian interior, and will add to the contemporary feel.

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Scandinavian style with a hint of blush or neutral-all-the-way?

Gentle colours keep Scandi furniture looking fresh and on-trend. We love the hue of the moment, blush pink, which creates a warm and ambient look steeped with texture and softness. A beautifully crafted wooden bed frame complements blush pink to perfection, while shades of dove grey and a splash of terracotta balance out the palette. Mongolian sheepskin cushions and tactile linens add depth to the scheme, and a glimmer of gold in pendant lighting introduces luxury to any Scandinavian style room.

Prefer your Scandi style perfectly neutral? Soft grey, off white and the palest of taupes echo the pale wood of Scandinavian furniture and help create an authentic and timeless look that’s perfect for a relaxing bedroom.

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Calm and relaxing – the perfect Scandi bedroom

Scandinavian furniture is a great choice for a bedroom – especially a more compact room – where the clean aesthetic encourages you to keep things simple and uncluttered. Pale oak bedroom furniture makes a bedroom feel lighter and larger. Choose usefully multifunctional pieces like bedside tables with drawers, or an ottoman storage box – a bedding box that doubles as a bedroom seat. Maximise floor space by opting for taller and narrower pieces of furniture such as a tall chest of drawers.

Natural wood or white wood bed frames with slatted or spindled headboards are simple and never go out of style. Layer texture and tone in the form of linen and cotton bedding, knitted throws and cushions and fluffy rugs for a relaxing bedroom that’s also a cosy retreat.

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Keep things neat and tidy with elegant Scandinavian style storage

Effortlessly clean and simple, Scandinavian style furniture is incredibly functional too. Take your pick of beautifully crafted Scandi living room furniture with practical storage solutions that help keep your living spaces stylishly clutter free. Large storage pieces like sideboards and display cabinets do a fantastic job of keeping all your possessions under control – from dinnerware to board games to paperwork – while contributing to the overall Scandi aesthetic. To make the most of your space, choose Scandinavian furniture that’s multifunctional such as a footstool with ottoman storage or a contemporary corner sofa that has hidden storage in its chaise end.

If you want to have a few choice items on show, curate a simple but effective display of ceramic and glassware on stylish shelves or a bookcase. As Scandinavian style is relaxed and comfortable, don’t feel that everything has to be perfectly neat and perfectly symmetrical. Experiment with scale – pair smaller framed photos with larger glass vases, for example, or go for asymmetrical shelves or display units which offer both open and closed storage.

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