The peaceful blend of soft hues, clean and modern lines, and useful yet warm elements that make each area one you actually want to settle in and spend some time appreciating has made Scandinavian interior design style waves in North America over the last decade or so.

While Scandinavian-inspired décor may be simply translated for every room in the house, Scandinavian-inspired dining rooms are a wonderful place to start—especially if you’re searching for a guaranteed way to make your home seem cosier. After a long day at work, the dining room should be a gathering spot for catching up with loved ones at home or hosting friends and family for long, slow dinner parties or cocktails.

 

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Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into an old dining room, carve out a little space dedicated to slowing down and enjoying a good meal, or simply want some minimalist decor ideas to help make your dining room a more functional and practical spot in the house, we spoke to a few Nordic experts to get their tips on how to make your dining room feel more Scandinavian.

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re trying to add Scandinavian flair to your space, from monochromatic dining areas that will provide a welcome respite during the cold winter months to comfortable dining rooms that will help show off your individuality without being too busy or tacky.

 

1.Colors that are monochromatic.

 

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“Scandinavian dining rooms are quite basic, and achieving the aesthetic is very easy,” explains Benjamin Stensen, owner and interior designer of The Norsemen Home Remodeling. “To pull off this design, use simple monochromatic hues.” Neutral tones like white, grey, black, and beige are ideal, but no matter what size you’re dealing with, you’ll want to err on the bright side to make your dining space feel big and basic.

 

2. Make sure your windows are open.

 

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Large windows that allow plenty of natural light in are also a fantastic way to accomplish this look, according to Stensen. If your dining room doesn’t have a lot of windows, you may always mimic it by removing superfluous curtains and adding mirrors to reflect the light that does come in.

 

3. If at all possible, avoid big furniture.

 

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“Do not overcrowd the room with heavy furniture, as this will utterly detract from the overall appearance,” advises Stensen. “Make sure to choose modern, bright, and stylish decor—and give each piece plenty of breathing room.”

 

4. Take into account the presence of plants.

 

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A tiny potted plant or a corner plant will sufficient if you want to add a splash of colour, according to Stensen. He continues, “Not only would a small plant provide uniqueness to the interior, but a bit of the outside aura will feel peaceful.”

 

5. Look for whimsy in nature.

 

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Natural things, such as wreaths or animal-inspired decorating pieces, can provide a sense of playfulness and enthusiasm without being overtly kitsch. You should also consider using candles (real or fake) to help create a sense of cosiness.

 

6. Woods that are simple and uncomplicated.

 

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“In your wooden furniture, consider blending light and medium brown tones,” says Sawinery founder Robert Johnson. “With a variety of oak or other wooden chairs, a large table, dried flowers, and appropriate artwork, the dining area should feel warm and inviting.”

 

7. Demonstrate functional toughness.

 

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Johnson adds, “The dining room should also seem joyful and active.” “Brown and white family photos, as well as other humorous features like a braided light cover or other organic formed useful things, can accentuate the incredibly distinctive Scandinavian style.”

 

8. Purchase comfortable seating.

 

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Scandinavian dining rooms should convey a sense of comfort and relaxation, and you’ll want to make sure your dining room chairs are as comfy as possible if you want to utilise your space for lengthy, drawn-out, and sluggish dinners. If you’re searching for something simple but comfortable, wishbone-style and cane-back chairs are fantastic options.

 

9. There are a lot of bookshelves

 

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“Bookcases stuffed with your favourite recipes or unique dishes are the ideal way to gently display (or hide) the personality of your dining room,” Johnson explains. The dining room is one of the most disregarded areas when it comes to mixing design and personal belongings, but giving your space a distinct personality that suits your lifestyle is essential if you want to follow the comfortable Scandinavian-inspired concepts.

 

10.Consider a white place that is free of clutter.

 

 

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“Keep it lagom and leave plenty of room for your information to breathe without being overwhelmed by unnecessary details,” says Karl Andersson, founder of Nordic Perspective and a Swedish native. “To establish a sense of simplicity, make sure there’s a lot of empty white space on the walls.”

 

11. Material that is bright but also natural.

 

 

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“Bright natural materials in tables, chairs, or flooring may break up the stark white we frequently see on Scandinavian walls and ceilings,” explains Andersson. To add a slight flash of colour without straying too far from neutral land, consider light wood or even coloured glass.

 

12. Spaces that are practical and easy to clean.

 

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“Practicality is a vital aspect of any Scandi dining area,” says Andersson, who adds that efficient storage options surround the dining room table. “You’ll thank yourself later if your surfaces are easy to clean and maintain.”

 

13. Minimalistic and scaled back.

 

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“Scandinavian minimalism isn’t always about doing as little as possible; it’s more akin to the Swedish concept of lagom, which means “not too much, nor too little.” “The perfect quantity!” Andersson agrees. This isn’t to say you can’t impress your guests with a stunning tablescape, but remember that less is more.

 

14. Details in black contrast with the rest of the outfit.

 

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According to Andersson, black materials on picture frames and lighting add balance to the otherwise highly colourful Scandinavian aesthetic. He suggests that “black and white art is a great method to introduce fascinating black details.”

 

15. When at all feasible, avoid clutter.

 

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“As far as things to avoid,” Andersson says, “I’d say that Scandinavian dining rooms are rarely hectic or cluttered, and they don’t use a lot of artificial materials like plastic or vinyl.” Keep small cooking utensils, extra napkins and place settings, and other storage items hidden.