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A Scandinavian living room – 3 style ideas

Are you searching for Scandinavian living room ideas? Here we show you how to create a Scandinavian living room in 3 distinct styles – beige tone-on-tone, graphic black and white and a colourful Scandinavian living room using colour blocking!
Friday, May 14, 2021
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Harmonious and romantic living room in beige where the shades go tone-on-tone is one of the hottest interior trends right now.

Try your hand at a new interior design style this year! Neutral, beige tone-on-tone is one of the hottest Scandinavian interior styles right now


Mention Scandinavian interior design and you might be imagining white walls and modern minimalism, but here we have three different contemporary style ideas to create a warm and cosy Scandi living room in your home.

  • Harmonious beige tone-on-tone
  • Graphic black and white
  • Eclectic colour-blocking

Among the different types of interior styles available, tone-on-tone in beige is one of the trendiest ones right now.

Beige harmony - for tone-on-tone, you should think about decorating based on the same color palette but in tones of light & dark.

Nature vase from By On in beige with dried reeds, feels just right for a romantic interior style.

An vase with an organic form, dried plants and reeds against materials such as glass and marble give you a romantic Scandinavian living room.


In this new Scandi style living room we use tone-on-tone decor in harmonious and neutral beige tones to create a unified and relaxed look. To achieve this warm Scandinavian style living room - start with a natural colour pallet and add decor in natural materials. For example, a lamp in paper or rattan and home accessories in wood, stone, or glass.  

Tips for a beige tone-on-tone interior design style:

  • Think about working with tones – from light to dark.
  • Decorate with natural materials such as wool, linen and wood.
  • Incorporate design details in organic shapes..
  • Choose romantic lighting fixtures in paper, fabric or rattan.
  • Add dried flowers and pampas grass for effortless elegance.
Lamps in paper, fabric and rattan are just right for this Scandinavian interior design style! Formakami from &tradition is the perfect blend of form and function.

Lamps in paper, fabric and rattan are just right for this Scandinavian interior design style! Formakami from &tradition is the perfect blend of form and function.

Among the different types of interior design styles available, the graphic black and white style is the perfect choice for an elegant living room.

Is a graphic black and white Scandinavian interior style more you? Then be sure to decorate with graphic shapes such as lines and circles throughout your interior.


From tone-on-tone to contrast! In this decorating style the beige details have been changed to graphic black and white furnishings for a minimalist style. If this dark Scandinavian themed living room is more your style, think about choosing elements with graphic details such as lines and circles. Carpets and throws, as well as flowerpots and lighting are great ways to create this Scandi style living room. Lamps in steel and marble with black interior details create a dramatic effect that flirts with a more industrial Scandinavian style.

Graphic black and white living room with neat furniture in straight lines, green plants and round table lamp.

This modern Scandinavian interior design style will give the room a cooler and more elegant atmosphere. Think neat furniture with straight lines in dramatic black.

GubiSemi lamp Ø 47 cm

Tips for creating this graphic interior style:

  • Start with contrasts - black and white in harmonious shades..
  • Choose natural materials with a luxurious finish – marble, wool, and stone.
  • Work with graphic shapes such as circles and lines and have them reoccur across several interior details.
  • Break up the monotone black and white with green plants.
Graphic, black and white living room with Ferm Living console table, graphic plaid and rug from NJRD

Lines, lines, lines – match a throw and the rug from NJRD with an elegant side table and black interior details that complement each other.

Among the different types of interior design styles available, Color Blocking is the most colorful one to decorate the living room with.

Would you rather add more colour to your Scandinavian living room interior? Try colour blocking for a living room that radiates energy and joy.


When considering a Scandinavian inspired living room bright tones and intense hues might not be something that immediately spring to mind, but if you would like to add an exciting splash of colour into your Scandinavian style living room then colour blocking is the way to go. Based on the same neutral foundation, you can easily add pillows, vases and posters that add a pop of colour for exciting contrasts.  

Flowerpot yellow table lamp and side table in orange from Verpan create a beautiful contrast in a neutral living room.

Let your interior pop with strong colors and contrasts!

A living room decorated with details and lighting in yellow, red and green in a classic Color Blocking style.

Add colour using interior details, textiles and lighting but keep the foundation be more neutral and to give balance to your Scandinavian interior.

How to style your colourful Scandinavian living room:

  • Place pops of colour against a neutral base: interior design details and textiles are the perfect way to bring colour into a room.
  • Assemble your colour palette before you start so you can be sure the colours work well together.
  • If you want just a hint of colour add three design pieces in the colour of your choice.

Colorful interior style in soft blue tones and beige in the form of a console table from Ferm Living and a vase from Muuto.

If you want to decorate with colour but prefer softer tones, you can opt for charming pastels, such as these trendy blue highlights.

Ombre table lamp in a warm pink tone.

You can even choose to decorate in warm pink tones that work perfectly in a beige Scandinavian living room.

Colorful interior style in soft pastels in a modern, stripped-down living room.

This colourful Scandinavian style interior works with both strong colours as well as pale tones! Our top tip is put the colour palette together before you start decorating to be sure that the colours match.


Different interior design styles not only mean different colours and details, but also different atmospheres. Each Scandinavian interior style above will give your living room a new feel: monochrome beige tones are perfect for a more harmonious and romantic atmosphere, graphic lines and dark black tones on the other hand give the room a cooler and more elegant feel. Colour Blocking will change the feeling completely to radiate energy and joy. Our top tip therefore is to start with the feeling you want to create in the room and let it guide you in building the perfect Scandinavian living room design.

Written by: Arijana Kapic

Styling: Ellinor Johansson, Anna Magnusson, Lukas Kunwaryanto

Photo: Angeliqa Daldorph


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