Cleanliness is at the core of Scandinavian décor and when it comes to the bedroom, things get beautifully black and white in the cosiest and most timeless ways. Decorate with simplicity and also get to know ‘hygge’, the essential nordic concept of comfort and conviviality that can be achieved with just the right doses of intuition and design flair.
Not Too Little, Not Too Much
This is the title of a book about achieving happiness, the Swedish way — and it’s the mantra to decorate by here. Unlike bohemian décor, knick knacks and florid details are minimal in Nordic bedrooms. Space brings comfort, and carefully curated details bring grace. Anchor just a few superior pieces
, and embrace the polished lines of well-made furniture such as dressers or closets with Danish modern frameworks
that stand solo and in their own right. There is warmth in empty spaces — mostly bare walls bring a gentle quiet and windowsills and dresser surfaces need not be cluttered with more than one vase or photo frame.
Pure Pure White
Embrace crisp, bright, clean white – all over everything. Don’t hold back on fresh white cotton bedspreads and sheets and let the luxurious thread count do all the work; no need for intricate patterns or careful pairings of textures. Scandinavian design is all about balance and ease.
Black Brings Space and Depth
One of the joys of Scandinavian decorating is the simplicity of choice. White? Black and White? A splash of grey and maybe a pop of blue? Black will bring mood and depth to clean, white spaces, the way that carefully curated spotlights can transform a movie scene into a visual and narrative classic.
Speaking of Photography…
Imagine you’re creating the ideal bedroom for a black and white photo shoot. There’ll be shadows and lines, warm spots and cool spots. For the most part, only a few features need to pop, imagine a luxurious bed dressed with crisp bedding and a few elegant lines around the bed frame. Dedicate a corner or a small table to a solid, gorgeous ceramic pot and house a leafy, unfussy plant that can create a dramatic silhouette against a wall as the light changes throughout the days. Use lamps for mood lighting and simple geometric outlines. Then embrace shades of grey with a throw, a shag rug and a geometric photograph or painting
, all of which will bring movement and subtle sunlight into a sheltered space with little effort.
Touches and shades of pink
While white and black are the gentle rulers of the Scandinavian universe, there are many places for softer tones. Light pinks, ranging from dusty to apricot are the way to go and are known to Nordic homemakers as just the touches that are needed to bring hygge Into the room — against the foundations of black and white, pink can soothe and brighten the senses and make afternoons dreamy.
A Little Bit of Symmetry
Accessories are a choice, not an essential, in these Nordic bedrooms. A candle, a plant, a lamp could be just enough. For some diversity and the closest to bling that this décor gets, try experimenting with classic geometric details in furniture frameworks and essentials, such as dots or, ideally stripes on throws or cushions. Allow yourself to be precious so that each detail ever so subtly complements the central features of the room.