Scandinavian bedroom: 13 cosy ideas for long winter nights

Love a Scandinavian bedroom? These ideas will inspire you to give your home a hygge approved update...

Scandinavian bedroom by Lapuan Kankurit
(Image credit: Lapuan Kankurit)

The Scandinavian bedroom is a thing of beauty. Cool but cosy, minimalist but characterful, clean but rustic, these are spaces aren't all that hard to achieve. Have a scroll through these simple ideas to get inspired to give your bedroom a bit of a Scandi update...

If you want more Scandi-style interior ideas, head over to our feature and find out how you can incorporate the trend in every room. 

1. Choose a neutral Scandinavian bedroom colour scheme 

If bright white is not your bag, warm up your room with off-white shades that take their cue from nature. Work with a range of textures and tones, mixing up greys, creams, and ivory shades to add a load of interest to a neutral scheme. Cox & Cox is one of our go tos for this lovely, chic, layered look, have a trawl through their soft furnishings section, it's a dream. 

Cox & Cox bedroom with washed linen in stone paired with natural wood and wicker


(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

2. Pick a delicate wallpaper for a rustic Scandinavian bedroom

A delicate Scandinavian-style wallpaper will give your bedroom a restful feel, especially if chosen in muted shades of restful blues and greys. Our fave place to shop wallpaper is Sandberg. Every single print is gorgeous and the colours are just so... Scandi; nothing too bright, just lovely muted colours and nature inspired patterns. 

Scandinavian bedroom with Sandberg wallpaper

(Image credit: Sandberg )

3. Invest in reflective surfaces to make a Scandinavian bedroom look brighter

Scandinavian bedroom schemes are all about maxing out the light, so pick not just pale walls and white furniture, but mirrored pieces, too. Match these with white-painted floors and sheer window dressings and even a north-facing bedroom will feel light and airy.

Lights4fun bedroom lighting

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

4. Install wall panelling

Wall panelling is a brilliant way to create character in a Scandivian bedroom, and it needn't cost a fortune if you use DIY-store pine tongue-and-groove or ready-to-paint MDF panels. Paint yours grey for a cosier alternative to bright white. Here, it's matched with Mid-century inspired furniture for an eclectic feel. 

Scandinavian style bedroom by Soak & Sleep

(Image credit: Soak & Sleep)

5. Mix and match soft furnishings 

Geometric prints look great in a Scandinavian bedroom. If you are going for a very modern take on the look, you can introduce bright colour accents, but for a cosier look, try muted, natural tones, or geometric knits and fabrics. See it as a kind of mix between Scandi and boho, an unexpected combo that's very in at the moment. 

Fore more boho design ideas that you can easily mix into the Scandi style, check out our feature. 

Bedroom with DIY headboard covered in stripe fabric

(Image credit: Future)

6. Choose practical Scandinavian bedroom accessories

Practicality is important when it comes to Scandi interiors. Everything has to earn its place when you are going for a minimalist style so keep your room uncluttered by accessorising with things that also have a function. Well-designed clocks, statement lighting and bedroom storage units can all be used to enhance the design of your bedroom.

Closely Knit Soleil Pom Pom Cushion Ink Navy by Norsu Interiors


(Image credit: Norsu Interiors)

7. Invest in Mid-century Scandinavian bedroom furniture 

For an authentic Scandinavian look, pick Mid-century furniture; with its clean lines and slim frames, Mid-century style has won over many fans. The warm wood tones also work well alongside a neutral bedroom colour scheme and a wood floor

Original Mid-century furniture is available from many independent antique retailers. Alternatively, John Lewis stock a range of Mid-century-style bedroom furniture pieces. 

Bedroom with white bedding from John Lewis

(Image credit: John Lewis )

8. Go bolder with a colourful Scandi bedroom scheme

Scandi style is more versatile than it's given credit for, so think beyond just grey and white. If you are looking for a minimalist style with warmth, go for traditional folksy prints and rich tones such as mustard or burnt orange. Blush pink is also a bang on trend colour that can really easily be worked into a Scandinavian bedroom. 

We love these throws from Finnish store Lapuan Kankurit. They do actually ship lovely sustainable products to the UK too, so if you love the look of this bedroom then make sure you have a proper hunt through their website because there is plenty more where this came from. 

Scandinavian bedroom by Lapuan Kankurit

(Image credit: Lapuan Kankurit)

9. Accent with a statement Scandi furniture piece 

Attracted to Scandi design, but can't invest in a whole furniture set, or just want to try out the style without committing to it? Invest in one or two pieces with a Scandi feel that won't look out of place as part of  other contemporary bedroom styles. 

The Open Minded Side Table by Leitmotiv can be effortlessly worked into any bedroom for just a touch of Scandi cool. Available from Black by Design. 

Open Minded Grey Side Table - Large by Leitmotiv

(Image credit: Red Candy)

10. Bring in natural light with minimal window coverage 

The art of hygge is all about creating a sense of harmony with your surroundings, whether you live in the country or city. Got a bedroom with large windows? Maximise natural light by ditching heavy curtains in favour of adjustable window treatments such as blinds or shutters. And even if your windows aren't very large, consider exposing them a little more with sheer curtains. 

Lights4fun warm white fairy lights

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

11. Streamline your bedroom with all-over white paint

Scandi style has long been associated with the airiness of an all-over white bedroom paint colour scheme. White will maximise the natural light coming into your bedroom, but a room painted in nothing but bright white can feel a little sterile. Choose an off-white paint colour with warm undertones for a more forgiving, cosy look. 

For more white bedroom ideas, head over to our inspiring gallery. 

Serial mover Emma Peleshok found the home of her dreams on a favourite street

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

12. Go for a traditional Swedish style

If you love the Scandinavian bedroom style but find the contemporary version a little too minimalist, embrace the more traditional side of the trend. This means lots of layering and soft, pastel accent shades. Find more bedroom curtain ideas in our design gallery. 

Bedroom with pink curtains by Vanessa Arbuthnott

(Image credit: Vanessa Arbuthnott)

13. Break up wall panelling with a DIY headboard

We love this idea of building your own headboard. You can pick any fabric you fancy but velvet works so well to soften the space, especially if you have wall panelling like this gorgeous new-build log cabin. And check out the nifty idea of actually hanging cushions on your headboard to make it even cosier. 

A close-up of a bed against a grey velvet wall covering in place of a headboard

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

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