Wall to wall carpets never took off in Sweden and all truly Scandinavian interiors will have a wooden, preferably light, floor in all rooms apart from the bathrooms.

White walls and cool grey and blue textiles gives off the right ambiance of a Scandinavian interior.

Why, hello, perfectly chic minimalism!

There’s a lot going on in this space, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming because the color palette is muted. Also, even though there’s quite a bit of furniture in the room, it’s spaced out enough to allow each piece room to breathe. Negative space can be important — it allows the eye to rest so that a room reads as interesting and not chaotic.

Who says chairs have to match? Mix and match yours to make your dining space a little more interesting. Another takeaway? Leather furniture is a great way to add a little warmth and texture to a space.

Architect Arne Jacobsen was possibly one of the most prolific Scandinavian modernist designers of his time. His plywood Ant Chair sold in millions. He was influenced by Mies Van Der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Charles and Ray Eames, and many of his chair and lighting designs are still sold today.

In cold climate countries, it’s not surprising that part of the decor comes in the form of warming textiles like sheep skins, wool or mohair throws and soft cotton. Not only do they provide a feeling of warmth and coziness, but they also add another layer of texture to a space.

Scandinavian design uses wood not only in their flooring but also decoratively in furniture such as dining and cocktail tables. There is also a popular trend of bringing in metallic finishes in lighting and accent pieces. Copper and brass pendants and sconces are a way of adding shine to a room.

This minimalistic kitchen finds creative ways to draw the eye outside; especially with its round window.

A light slate gray is both striking and calming in this sleek kitchen.