How to get that Scandinavian look


It was great to have the wonderful Pamela as a guest blogger! If you have something inspirational to share, send it in to my Guest Inspiration and make my day :)

A phrase that has often pops up in decor circles all around the world is Nordic light – a feeling of the modern, Scandinavian clean decor style. Our light style is the exact opposite of the eternal darkness we struggle with up here every Winter.

I hear a lot of praise for Swedish decor and design among overseas readers. That’s why I thought to give you some simple decor tips, as well as bedroom inspiration ala Swedish style from the experts,


The key to Swedish decor is to remove unnecessary objects in a room leaving behind a simple shell. Dark curtains, carpets and walls: gone. Less is more is an expression that describes Swedish design.


Rooms should have large, open spaces with light from all directions. This gives a clean and stylish feeling. Mix with a couple of antique bargains for a personal touch. If you have an old tiled fireplace such as in the picture, congrats…very Swedish, and very beautiful :)


Ett tips är att köpa ljusa enfärgade sängkläder av finaste bomull och vita tunna enkla gardiner för den rätta rena känslan. Ett alternativ till vanliga gardiner är en hissgardin, som lämnar rummet ljust och luftigt. Lägg till sist till några typiskt nordiska detaljer. Det kan vara en päls pläd nonchalant slängd över sängkanten och en fårskinnsmatta på golvet.


Paint boring dark floors in high-gloss white for that true Scandinavia style… very hot right now :)


And voila…easy, beautiful, sought after. Scandinavian style is like making food – sometimes simple is best.

Good luck, have a great weekend and enjoy the last lazy days of summer:)


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  • Reply
    Diana Marks
    Friday, August 17, 2012 at 09:29

    amazing interior inspiration!

    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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    Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11:23

    Beautiful photos, my friend!! Lovely.. white tones are my favourites! Kisses!! :)

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    Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11:47

    wow just love it!! it looks so beautiful and peaceful! kisses dear and happy weekend!:*

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    Friday, August 17, 2012 at 17:08

    Maria! Such great advice. I’m redecorating my daughter’s bedroom and you’ve given me some wonderful ideas! A thousand Thanks :)

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    Friday, August 17, 2012 at 17:39

    I love Scandinavian style! My parents are from northern Europe as well, and loved the lightness and brightness to the way they kept their home!

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    Rhônya Holman
    Friday, August 17, 2012 at 20:26

    Hello Maria,
    Absolutely beautiful … I love the simplicity of every room classic and clean! I want the last room, great post and tips!!

    I hope all is well with you. I’m slowly getting back into blogging again – I’ve missed visiting your blog.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Tatiana Doria
    Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 14:30

    Great tips to achieve the wonderful sandinavian look! I love how clean, bright and simple it is! I love the whites and the simplicity.

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    Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 17:46

    So many nice tips Maria! Love the Scandinavian style and our home got so much better when doing all the floors crispy white. Can totally recommend it!
    xo Caroline

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    Amanda Chic
    Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 21:02

    I love this post!! you have a lot of style :D

    WHat a wonderful post

    Fashion room lounge

    A chic kiss ;)

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    Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 23:27

    These are beautiful. We’re changing our living area soon to lighten up the room. Thanks for the inspiration. xo

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    Style-Squared by Z&M
    Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 02:25

    great photos!
    thank you for following, since you do not have gfc we are following back with facebook!!!


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    Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 10:11

    Thanks so much for the advice Maria! What a wonderful pictures!! I would love to get my bedroom in that Scandinavian style, but I can’t find the time to start… :-) Maybe this winter I will get around with painting the walls and floors. ;-)
    Much love, Inge x

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    Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 10:51

    Maria first thanks for stopping by my blog, and secondly congratulate you on your blog. It’s really exciting and inspiring. The pictures are amazing and I follow and put you in my blogroll. You make a careful work, exquisite and lovingly.
    I encnata decor and your page will be of great inspiration. A big kiss and thank you very much.

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    Lisa Moran/Bilancia Designs
    Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 16:30

    Gorgeous photos…beautiful post, as always.
    Stopping by my favorite blogs this morning…
    Summer is flying by so fast —hope all is well, Maria!
    Have a wonderful weekend~ Lisa xo

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    Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 23:13

    I love the decor.

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    Anthony Spence
    Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 22:08

    Wonderful pictures ever..Thanks for sharing with us!!

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    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 21:58

    ja verkligen skandinavskt. så mycket fina.

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