Natural wood is ever present in modern Scandinavian design. Even upholstered furniture keeps its wooden bones exposed. And wood always looks great with bright white.
The sauna is a Swedish invention (even the Vikings took saunas), and the look of unfinished wood paneling seen in a sauna can be carried into the home as well. It's clean and unfussy, but it adds warmth and texture.
Let the light shine in. Modern Swedish and Danish design is very much about connecting with the outdoors, and the locals are absolute fiends for sunshine (probably because there is so little of it during the long winters). Windows are big and uncovered.
Another light, bright Scandinavian home.
Maybe it's because it reflects the light so well. Or maybe it's because it looks so fantastic with wood. Or maybe it's because it so easily allows for an eclectic mix of colors and patterns. Whatever the reasons, white is the wall color of choice.
White is the ideal backdrop for a mix of eras and styles. Oh, and these cowhide rugs are everywhere in Sweden.
Color is a huge part of Scandinavian design, and it usually appears in accessories.
Wallpaper is another popular way to add color.
This room sort of brings it all together: bright pops of color in a light-filled white room, Eames chairs, an Ikea tablecloth, a stained glass window from the 19th century and an ornate crystal chandelier.
Mix it up. A modern red chair sits next to a fragile velvet and gold antique. The art is also a mix: gold frames and landscapes with modern sketches and family photos.
The fireplace is the center of the home. This traditional Swedish tiled stove (kakelugnar) is so beautiful and iconic.
A more modern woodstove surrounded by white, light and clean lines.