6 Steps to Chic Scandi Style

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Love the Scandi look but not sure where to start? James Treble teaches us the ins and outs of making this style work.

Opulent neutrals, layered textures, rustic timbers and sleek lines. Accent lighting in sculptural forms paired with contrasting hues of dark and light.

It’s not hard to see why Scandinavian style is so enticing. Those Northern Hemispherians sure know how to evoke a sense of cosy spaciousness within their homes.

From L to R: Replica Charles & Ray Eames Eiffel DAW Armchair, Replica Hans Wegner Wishbone Dining Chair, IS Time Wood Wall Clock, 6ixty Ellipse Side Table, and 6ixty Ellipse Coffee Table, available online at Zanui

JT: “I love the clean lines, uncomplicated layout and minimalist styling of this look. It’s a good fit for busy lifestyles. Stylish yet relaxing with its backdrop of neutral tones + natural finishes.”

Love it? Live it! Here’s how. James Treble guides you through the 6 key design elements for Scandinavian style…

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This look is founded on neutral hues and a mix of light timber with dark and natural finishes.

JT: “Using different timbers works well with a base of off-white and natural washed tones. I love adding in a hit of colour, for example indigo – its deep cool hues balance the warmth of the timber finishes.”

From L to R: Amalfi Station Round Mirror (Set of 2), Soundslike HOME Vintage Square Dining Table, Soundslike HOME Vintage 3 Drawer/2 Door Sideboard, Soundslike HOME Vintage Round Dining Table, 90cm, and Soundslike HOME Vintage 2 Shelf Console Table, available online at Zanui

Contrast is also an important element of this style.

JT: “In our Zanui styled dining room (below), the contrast between the dark chair and natural timber + white in the benches works beautifully. Paired with the minimal pattern on the floor rug, and a striking light fitting, it screams Scandi.”

JT: “Bench seating works well in a tight space or where a table needs to sit close to a wall. Of course, the negative is the middle person can feel a little trapped!” Featuring One Duck Two Splash Reverse Breakfast Cushion and One Duck Two Splash Cushion, available online at Zanui.


This look invites diversity in your furniture and décor accents. Take the use of two different chairs in this look (above) as an example.

JT: “I think we can get too matchy sometimes. Scandinavian style allows for a more mixed eclectic feel. These contrasting chairs contribute additional functional seating and statement style.”

From L to R: Zanui Erwin Iron 2 Seater Sofa, Phil Bee Interiors Barrel Tripod Floor Lamp, Intrepid Traveller Stag Off Black & White (Right) Canvas Print, j.elliot HOME Orianna Woollen Pouffe, and Karlsson Feathers Wall Clock, 65cm, available online at Zanui.

How different is too different?

JT: “Look to the style you’re wanting to create for guidance. If the backdrop is simple, the chairs can be busier – they become the feature. If there’s more colour in the styling, then select seating that matches in tone or type so that everything works together in a more cohesive way.”

The use of diverse timbers is integral to the Scandinavian style. From L to R: Soundslike HOME Vintage Rectangle Dining Table, 180cm in walnut, Asian Tide Farmhouse Bench, Soundslike HOME Twist Black Chair, Rug Republic Knots Chevron Modern Jute Rug, Replica Hans Wegner chairs, NSW Leather Co Animal Hide Rug, and Zanui Oscar Dove Wingback Armchair, available online at Zanui.


Work with a combination of coarse (e.g. woven linen blends) and soft textures (e.g. lambswool or baby alpaca) within your soft furnishings.

JT: “Adding in an animal hide rug adds a warmth and the feel of the hunter for that idyllic Nordic charm.”

From L to R: Rinas Black Grains Cushion Cover, Hardwick & Cesco Tiny Cross Cushion, NSW Leather Co Cowhide Cushion, Hardwick & Cesco Chevron Cushion, and Hardwick & Cesco Chevron Dot Cushion, available online at Zanui.


Sculptural lighting or lighting with metallic highlights adds another element of diversity, depth and character to your space. Opt for finely crafted wooden + upholstered lighting fixtures or refractive metallic pieces according to your preference.

JT: “Handmade or the handmade-look always works well for this style. Minimal detailing and pattern is also a winner.”

Images sourced from L to R: cdn.homedit.com, decoholic.org, and myscandinavianhome.blogspot.se


Overcrowding the room. This look needs air – don’t get over-excited and cram it full of allllll the things. Select a sofa with slender wooden legs. This will lift your signature furniture pieces off the floor.

JT: “If you make it too busy, you’ll over-complicate the look. Keep surface clutter to a minimum to show off those clean lines.”

Images sourced L to R: norskeinteriorblogger.blogspot.com, blog.mliees.com, lushome.com and bloglovin.com


Select a piece of wall art in line with the colours in the space. You can be bold – you just need to consider the balance of your overall aesthetic. Having too many pieces that draw the eye introduces a chaotic element to your room.

JT: “I like art everywhere in the house. In the dining room, it creates a great conversation starter. The image of the stag used in the Zanui styled dining room is strong but its colours are muted allowing it to blend in with the room.”

From L to R: NSW Leather Co – Natural Cowhide Rug (Natural Grey Light), Reindeer Animal Hide Rug, Natural Cowhide Rug (Salt And Pepper Spotted), Natural Cowhide Rug (Natural Grey Dark) and Amalfi Society Vase, available online at Zanui.

Aaaahhh! Perfectly pretty. We love this look. So earthy and rustic and real. Doesn’t it just make you want to curl up beside the burning hearth with a cup of hot chocolate?

Delicious! 😀

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.