5 Tips for Mastering Nordic Interior Design

Are you trying to incorporate Nordic interior design into your home?

The clean lines, neutral colors and minimalistic features of the Scandinavian design are in high demand.

Homeowners are looking for functional pieces to add space to the rooms rather than filling every empty corner unnecessarily.

Simplicity is key in Scandinavian decor. This is due to the neutral colors typical of Nordic design like white, cream, and grey. You can find them on walls, furniture, floors, kitchen elements, and accessories.

So keep reading to discover how you can introduce this design style into your home the right way.

1. Neutral and Cold Colors


One of the main features of Nordic design is the cold, neutral color palette. All shades of brown, grey and white are welcome, complemented by dark blue or black.

Sometimes, you’ll find a pop of color to stir up the monotony, but the wall paint, furniture, flooring and room elements are almost always neutral.

2. Minimalist Furniture


The beauty of Scandinavian design lies in its minimalist furniture. The clean lines of Nordic interiors are all about functionality.

When you choose minimalist furniture for your home, think about removing clutter rather than adding to it.

Nothing stands out in Nordic furnishings. This is because you want the space you live in to be open and inviting, yet simple and easy on the eye.

3. Natural Light


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Scandinavian-inspired design strives to make the most of the natural light in your home.

This is based on the long Nordic winters when the days are short, so having as much light as possible is a must. And if there isn’t enough, you can create it with space, color and lighting elements.

Think skylights, long bare windows, and mirrors to reflect the white colors in the home. Where you lack natural light, use big lamps, wall lighting and LED string lights.

4. Mixed Textures

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Another feature of Nordic interior design is the use of mixed textures.

You’ll find natural wood, marble, metals, and copper paired with soft and cozy blankets, carpets, cushions, and linens.

Combining all these different textures is easy when you have an otherwise minimalistic home. Use wooden chairs, tables, and elements in the kitchen, marble in the bathroom and metals in the living room.

5. Live Plants


Though Nordic interior design uses neutral and cool colors, you can add contrast with live houseplants. They’re a staple in many Scandinavian-style homes and celebrate nature and the flow of life, adding to the simplicity of the space.

You can use fiddle leaf fig, mother in law’s tongue, rubber plant, philodendron, prayer plant or succulents like aloe, echeverias or ox tongue. These are all easy to maintain and only take up one corner of the room.

Implement Nordic Interior Design in Your Home Today!

Now you know how to get that Scandinavian feel in your home with our 5 design tips.

You can’t go wrong with neutral colors, lots of natural and artificial light, a variety of textures and overall minimalism.

Ready to find the best Nordic-style furniture for your redesign? Check out high-quality Ekornes Stressless furniture for the best in Scandinavian furniture.

Author Bio: Chris McNair manages European Leather Gallery in Jacksonville, FL. European Leather Gallery is the #1 Ekornes Stressless Furniture dealer in the United States.


Menu Space is a newly finished showroom, office, and café, designed in collaboration with Norm Architects for Danish design company MENU.

Menu Space is the new showroom, office, and café in Copenhagen. The interior is inspired by the raw and industrial setting of the surrounding area. Located in the upcoming Copenhagen neighbourhood surrounding the harbour in Nordhavn.
“The space draws heavy inspiration from strong materials such as concrete and steel, which can be seen throughout the space. This use of natural and durable materials provides a beautiful contrast to the objects and designs that fill the plateaus, floors, and corners.” – Norm Architects

Vibrant and inspiring atmosphere
“The idea is to keep Menu Space moving and ever changing. To have friends of the house and people we admire stop by on a regular basis and change the interior layout however they see fit – ensuring that we always have a vibrant, creative, lively space that continues to inspire our neighbours, visitors, friends, clients, and designers” – Design Director Joachim Kornbæk Engell-Hansen.

Opening hours and info
Menu Space, Hamborg plads 2, 2150 Nordhavn, Denmark
Open weekdays 8.00 – 16.00

Styling: MENU & Nathalie Schwer
Photos: Jonas Bjerre Poulsen, Norm Architects


Signage design for public building


Subway lines inspired by London’s underground signage system highlight
a 5000m2 building in Norway − from the facade to over 200 unique door signs.


Signage design for public building

Storehagen Atrium, a 5000 m2 large governmental building, opened it’s doors to the public in September 2010 in Førde, Norway. Constructed by Futurum, the building hosts the national Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet and the regional Cultural Department among other public institutions. After a competition by invitation, Ralston & Bau was chosen to design the signage of the building. The selected signage design is using the simplicity and clarity of the underground signage systems used in London, Paris or New York. The idea was inspired by the fact that Storehagen Atrium will be an important hub in Førde, a city with the desire to become a metropolis.
Characteristic subway lines are used all through the signage system with strong colors and graphical shapes dedicated to each floor and institution. Designed following the principles of Universal design they should make it easy for any user, like persons with visual impairment, to find their way.
The mission included designing the exterior and interior signs, from directions in the public areas to the name labeling on each office door. Each of the 200 doors in the building has an unique design pattern.

Ove Mjåtveit, project leader, says:
“The Tenants Council wished for bespoke signage that embodied forward thinking – as well as expressing the safe and secure values that our institutions represents. We liked Ralston & Bau’s proposition very much and chose therefore them for the assignment. The process to coordinate all signage has been more challenging then expected – but Ralston & Bau have all the time been positive and service minded and not least helped us to drive the project forward. The work is now almost done and I’m both proud and happy of the result!”

**Name:** Storehagen Atrium

**Mission:** Signage Design

**Client:** Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune / Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet / Bufetat / Konfliktrådet / Pasient- og brukarombodet / DnB NOR / Sparebank 1 
**Period:** 2010

**Delivery:** concept, signage design, production follow-up

**Production:** FluorLux


Sous les Cerisiers


Sous les Cerisiers

Restaurant & atelier
12 rue Stanislas, 75006 Paris


The latest restaurant design by Ralston & Bau is an intimate space in Paris that is dedicated to a balanced fusion of Japanese and French gastronomy. “Sous les Cerisiers” (under the cherry trees) is an invitation to taste the delicious cooking of Sakura.
Both cultures have influenced the theatrical interior concept. The classic opera and geisha cultures from France and Japan can be seen in the scenographic layers, costumes and shadows cast throughout the interior. A contrast of dark and light spaces divides the room: the bright area with the bar as a center point is used for cooking courses during the daytime, and the dark part, following a perspective angle, including a VIP space to enjoy a gastronomic menu at night.
Moveable and translucent walls separate the seating areas for privacy.


The theatrical influence from the interior design is continued in the development of the visual identity of the “Sous les Cerisiers” restaurant. A traditional textile costume clasp with soft, natural curves was the inspiration for the logo. The menu cards soft golden paper follows up the costume idea: through pre-punched holes a delicate ribbon bound the changeable menu sheets inside. Each menu uses a different style of classical theatre costume ribbon.


W* House / Wallpaper

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“About The W* House

We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to The W* House and
share with you our wealth of experience in the design world.

From cutlery to cupboards, pots to plumbing, The W* House features our
favourite pieces of design from around the globe, room by room. We’ll
update them every time we find something new we like, building the
collection into an archive for as long as the pieces are for sale.

Practicality isn’t often a buzzword at the Wallpaper* HQ, but when it
comes to sharing our finds we wanted to keep things simple, letting you
furnish your house the Wallpaper* way, with the click of a mouse.”

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John Pour Home

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Design and art need a twist

John Agelii is a Swedish graphic designer/artist. His background is in fashion advertising, but beside that job he plan to challenge the way we think of rugs.

These rugs are made of felt and communicate more directly to visitors and guests than ordinary rugs do. The use of typography and symbols let you create a dialog on the floor of your house.

Inspiration to the name John Pour Home came from a bottle of Pour Homme perfume.