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Danish Interior

Danish interior design is not only loved in Denmark but is also very popular outside of Scandinavia. Here you can find out what makes Danish design so special and how your home can be designed the danish way.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
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Living room styled with blue hues and eclectic details for an danish interior-style.

Danish interior design often includes more colour and slightly unexpected details.


Danish interior isn’t always what you expect. Yes, natural lighting, untreated wood and open spaces are certainly part of it, but you might be surprised at the amount of colour, art and eclectic details you will find in a true Danish home.

Denmark, and in particular Copenhagen with its gastronomic experiences in the form of street food and exclusive modern restaurants, is a true Nordic gem and the perfect place to source inspiration for interior design.

Mix of interior details such as vase and door stops from Hay on a marble table.
It's all in the mix - Danish design is more than minimalism.


Not everything in your home needs to be an iconic design piece. In Denmark you often see a wild mix of affordable, second-hand pieces as well as unique quirky & classic designs all skilfully mixed to create an effortless, chic look. Make it your own!

Here are 5 tips to master the Danish interior look:

White table lamp from Fritz Hansen with chrome details.

Iconic Danish design lamps are often paired with an otherwise understated design.

Rama rug and Rattan flower pot from House Doctor,

Mixed materials and a blend between classic and modern is key in Danish design.

1. Don't make it perfect

Danish interior isn’t about making it perfect. A true Danish home will seamlessly merge old, new, neutral and colourful. A perfectly arranged poster wall can certainly be part of a Danish home – but add an unexpected sculpture on the side table underneath it to mix it up and make it look effortless.

Don’t try to copy someone else’s home and don’t try to make it perfect. Danish homes are about functionality and personality. Keep that souvenir from that time you were backpacking for 3 months. Keep that odd pillow that doesn’t quite go with the rest of your home. It all adds to making the home you.

Red Flowerpot VP3 table lamp from &tradition in a danish interior-styled living room.

A combination of sculptures and other accessories are often a key component in Danish homes.

2. Make it functional

A core philosophy that has shaped Danish interior throughout history is functionality. Make your home liveable. Think about the space you have and the best way to use it. Let it take time and move things around until you’ve found the perfect mix for your lifestyle. Choose the things you want in your home wisely. Every item in your home should be intentional.

The dots collection from Muuto.

Functionality plays an important role in Danish design. Here you can see The Dots collection by Muuto.

3. Go BOLD. Sometimes

Danish interior is a little braver than we would expect from its other Scandinavian neighbours. Whilst light wood is a staple material in all Scandinavian design, Danish interior might include a whole set of black-stained chairs around the dinner table. Or it might be a bright colour-blocking rug. Or why not one chair that doesn’t match the rest? Dare to go a little bolder in Danish interior, but don’t overdo it. A few very careful statement pieces will make your home unique, but not overpowering.

In Between chair Sk1 from &tradition

Select few but striking statement pieces in a home, like a black kitchen table and chair se

Floor vase from &tradition is one interior detail which will get you a Danish-inspired home interior.

Vases and fresh flowers are often seen in Danish homes. The vases themselves are often statement pieces within themselves.

4. Use lamps as accent piece

If Danish design is known for being the best at one thing, it’s lamps. Some of the world’s most renowned lamp designs originate from this small 5-million inhabitant country. A Danish design lamp will add a Nordic touch to any interior and will last you for years to come. Many of the design lamps of the 50s and 60s are still in production today and are just as popular as they were back then.

FlowerPot VP1 pendant lamp from &tradition

The popular Flowerpot lamps from &Tradition are a great example of classic Danish design lamps.

Ralph wool throw from Klippan Yllefabrik.

Make sure your home is livable. It should be functional and cozy - not just nice to look at.

5. Add a little sprinkle of… “hygge”

We tried writing this piece for you without mentioning “Hygge”. It didn’t work. It’s just a fundamental part of Danish design and life. Make your home a little “hygge” with a cozy blanket, lots of candles and unique cups to enjoy a calming cup of tea from.

Written by: Annika Krause


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