50 Chic Scandinavian Living Rooms that Steal the Show!

By Sherry Nothingam

A touch of greenery for your chic Scandinavian living room

We will readily admit that we are consumed by the simplicity and the understated beauty of Scandinavian style. It is arguably one the easiest styles to pull off if you have the discipline to do away with clutter and an eye for practicality. Quality precedes quantity here and frugality is interlaced with sophistication and minimalism! While we already featured 50 fascinating home offices drenched in Nordic goodness, today it is the Scandinavian style living room that takes its rightful place under the spotlight.

It its testament to the brilliance of the style and those who took it from its humble roots, refined it to suit the aesthetics and ergonomics of a wider audience that the style still holds sway decades after first making a mark on the international stage. The captivating collection of 50 Scandinavian living rooms on display today will ensure that you will fall in love with beautiful and efficient design – All over again!

1. Small Scandinavian Living Rooms

A touch of greenery for your chic Scandinavian living roomSmall living room decorating idea in Scandinavian styleModest living room of an elegant Stockholm apartment [Design: Britse & Company AB]Refined living room in gray and white with chic decorMake use of the vertical space in your living room with trendy bookshelves [Photographer: Richard Clatworthy / Stylist: Elkie Brown]Tiny, informal living space with large glass window [From: Skälsö Arkitekter]Pastels fit in perfectly with the modern Scandinavian style [Design: Johan Sundberg Arkitektur]Small Scandinavian style living room with sleek shelves and natural lighting [Design: Philippe Demougeot]Elegant Scandinavian style is perfect for the small attic apartment [From: Fredric Boukari Photography]

Born out of tough Scandinavian winters that demand efficiency and a sense of airiness to drive away any notion of gloom, this is a style that is perfect for the small living room. Color is kept to a bare minimum when it comes to crafting a lovely backdrop in the Scandinavian living room and it is generally clad in pristine white. This reduces visual fragmentation and visually enhances the available space. The use of limited and curated decor with sleek, straight lines also aids in creating a tidy living area that seems both inviting and cheerful.

A touch of greenery for your chic Scandinavian living room [Design: Claudia Stephenson Interiors]

A touch of greenery for your chic Scandinavian living room [Design: Claudia Stephenson Interiors]

Small living room with brick wall and Tom Dixon pendants [From: David Butler Photography]

Small living room with brick wall and Tom Dixon pendants [From: David Butler Photography]

Small living room decorating idea in Scandinavian style [Design: Studio Cuvier]

Small living room decorating idea in Scandinavian style [Design: Studio Cuvier]

When working with the small living room, do not completely shun away from color as it turns the interior into a generic and boring setting. Scandinavian style lets you add color in the form of simple accents and you can even add a mirror or two to further enhance the appeal of the tiny room. S plush rug, cool side table, stylish floor lamp and a cozy couch completes this elegant look.

2. White and Gray – Nordic Style!

Stack of books add color to this living spaceDecorating the small living room with elegance in Scandinavian styleA living room that is all about white!Exquisite living room in black and white with a fireplace [Design: Studio Revolution]Paper lanterns are a hot trend in Scandinavian design [From: Michael Wickham Photography]Posh living room in white with a monochromatic appeal [Design: David Howell Design]Scandinavian chic living room with interesting wall art and rug with geometric pattern [Design: Aleks.K design & visualization]Herringbone pattern flooring stands out in the white living room [From: Sven Fennema - Living Pictures]Scandinavian living room clad in off-whites and grey [Design: Decotick]Unique coffee table becomes the focal point in this minimal space [Design: AUXAU]

As alluded to earlier, white has always been a dominant color in Scandinavian living rooms. But the last few years has seen a surge in another neutral that is quickly replacing white and has even found a way to coexist with it. Gray is definitely a hip neutral hue that is simply refusing to die down as a hot trend. Now is the time to give your living room with Nordic inspiration a touch of gray by adding a cozy couch in the color or even creating an accent wall in light, smoky gray. It is generally the lighter shades of gray that well work in Scandinavian spaces, but you can pick a darker hue if you want to create a greater visual contrast.

Stack of books add color to this living space [Design: Resolution: 4 Architecture]

Stack of books add color to this living space [Design: Resolution: 4 Architecture]

A living room that is all about white! [From: Holly Marder]

A living room that is all about white! [From: Holly Marder]

Decorating the small living room with elegance in Scandinavian style [From: Louise de Miranda]

Decorating the small living room with elegance in Scandinavian style [From: Louise de Miranda]

Black and white backdrop with shades of gray works beautifully in a Scandinavian living room and it is a look that seems to combine modern minimalism with urban classiness. But makes sure that black is used sparingly to just anchor the living area and highlight certain architectural features as too much of black can quickly alter the mood and the appeal of the interior.

3. Living Spaces with Colorful Accents

Black and white living room with elegant pops of yellowBrilliant living room with creative use of colorful wallpaper and rugThrow pillows and decor bring color and playfulness to the living roomBright yellow couch becomes the focal point in this smart living room [From: Jan Skacelik]Decor brings stripes and color to the charming living space [Design: OPEN RUUM]Firewood used as a decorative addition in the living room [Design: Terrat Elms Interior Design]Geometric patterns add style to the Scandinavian living room [Photography: Chris Snook]Gorgeous rug adds color to the living room [From: Adriana Merlo/BATAVIA]Vintage trunk turned into a coffee table in the Scandinavian living room [From: Holly Marder]Urban chic living room with a touch of femininity [Design: Tara Benet Design]

Going down the Nordic path in the living room not only helps you in cutting out the excess decor, but it also opens the door to a world of exciting and exquisite accents laced in lovely hues. Geometric prints, stripes, chevron patterns and abstract designs provide a sense of playfulness, excitement and individuality to the Scandinavian living room. It is not just pattern that makes a difference as the small colorful accents you add to the living room steal the show instantly thanks to the understated canvas that is offered by this ingenious style.

Black and white living room with elegant pops of yellow [Design: Studio Revolution]

Black and white living room with elegant pops of yellow [Design: Studio Revolution]

Brilliant living room with creative use of colorful wallpaper and rug [Design: Touch Interiors]

Brilliant living room with creative use of colorful wallpaper and rug [Design: Touch Interiors]

Throw pillows and decor bring color and playfulness to the living room [Design: Trunk Creative]

Throw pillows and decor bring color and playfulness to the living room [Design: Trunk Creative]

Throw pillows, rugs, vases and lighting fixtures are the usual suspects when it comes to furniture that brings color to the Scandinavian living room. For those ready to experiment with bolder trends, mesmerizing wallpaper that breathes freshness and vitality into the room is a great alternative indeed. Make sure though that your wallpaper choice fits with the stripped-down style of the room and does not seem ornate or out of place.

4. Iconic Scandinavian Decor

Chic Scandinavian living room with a splash of Parisian charmBeautiful modern living room of the Stockholm apartment with Scandinavian styleFireplace, Eames stools and a beautiful rug define this lovely Scandinavian living room [Design: Susana Ocaña / Raul Candales Photography]Iconic butterfly chair and Noguchi pendant in the Scandinavian living room [Design: Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors]Lovely use of acrylic coffee table in the black and white living room [From: Cynthia Lynn Photography]Small Paris apartment with space-saving design [Design: Tatiana Nicol EURL]Snazzy bookshelf brings color and creativity to the living room [Design: Studio Davide Cerini]Midcentury modern design combined with cool Scandinavian falirSmart Platner coffee table sits at the heart of this lovely living roomCharming Gothenburg apartment with a relaxing vibe

One of the biggest upsides of going Nordic in the living room is the array of timeless and iconic decor that you can pick from. Crafted by celebrated masters such as Charles Eames, Arne Jacobsen and Isamu Noguchi, you can invest in one of these awesome pieces that will serves as the focal point in your living room. Sure, bringing home an Eames lounger or a Platner Coffee Table can seem like an expensive commitment, but you will realize it is well worth the tug on your purse strings. Build the rest of the living room around these “special additions” and you can even bring home an IKEA find or two complete the look.

Charming Gothenburg apartment with a relaxing vibe

Charming Gothenburg apartment with a relaxing vibe

Midcentury modern design combined with cool Scandinavian flair [Design: Texas Construction Company]

Midcentury modern design combined with cool Scandinavian flair [Design: Texas Construction Company]

Smart Platner coffee table sits at the heart of this lovely living room [Design: Joanna Laajisto]

Smart Platner coffee table sits at the heart of this lovely living room [Design: Joanna Laajisto]

5. A Fusion of Styles

Throw in a floor pillow or two to create an informal settingTranquil living room with warm reclaimed wood wallTurn towrads modern Scandinavian style for ease and ergonomics!Keeping the living room decor simple and unassuming with Scandinavian influence [Design: Mailen Design]Living room with oversized floor lamp, cowhide rug and midcentury chairs [Design: JLB Property Developments]Mid-century ranch style meets Scandinavian beauty inside this spacious living room [Design: Jeffers Design Group]Narrow living room in Sydney with simple Scandinavian style [Design: Nest Designs]Track lighting creates an interesting visual in this living room [Design: Architektin Mareike Olbers]Decorate the living room wall with some musical charm [Design: Mitchell Wall Architecture & Design]Wooden coffee table on casters brings novelty to the living room [Design: Enrique Kahle]

Finally, we have living rooms that combine the traditional Scandinavian look with other styles from across the globe to create a wonderfully unique living space. Midcentury modern and Scandinavian are two styles that seem to heavily borrow from one another and can be brought together effortlessly. Vintage, retro and rustic influences also add another layer of intrigue to the Scandinavian living area and give it a fun little twist. You can draw some inspiration from brilliant Isamu Noguchi designs and shape your own version of ‘Far East meets Scandinavian’ look!

Throw in a floor pillow or two to create an informal setting [From: Burmester Photography]

Throw in a floor pillow or two to create an informal setting [From: Burmester Photography]

Tranquil living room with warm reclaimed wood wall [Design: Retrouvius Ryland Peters & Small]

Tranquil living room with warm reclaimed wood wall [Design: Retrouvius Ryland Peters & Small]

Turn towards modern Scandinavian style for ease and ergonomics! [From: Corynne Pless Photography]

Turn towards modern Scandinavian style for ease and ergonomics! [From: Corynne Pless Photography]

There is something innately peaceful and reassuring about a Scandinavian living room that makes it perfect for an urban home that is surrounded by constant noise and chaos. Give it your own creative twist and you will soon be taking the style into your kitchen, bedroom and beyond!

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