With long cold winters and the 'midnight sun' of northern Scandinavian summers, it is no wonder that design in this region has embraced a style that perfectly balances cosiness and use of natural light. It is these things that are embodied by the Danish concept of Hygge (that's hue-guh for those of you still struggling to pronounce it) — a concept that can't directly be translated to English but describes a feeling of convivial comfort, cosiness, and general well-being.
Of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom can benefit the most from a little dose of Hygge. Think soft throws in chunky knit or sheepskin, earthy tones, and lots of natural materials like wood and wicker.
At the more minimalist end of Scandi-style the look preaches simplicity and function. Good storage is a must to keep the room free from clutter. When it comes to decorating, white is a popular choice but pops of colour are encouraged to add interest.
Here are nine bedrooms showing the wonderful diversity of Scandinavian style.
1. Neat and neutral
If bright white is not your bag, warm up your room with off-white shades that take their cue from nature. Jazz up this neutral palette with folksy Nordic prints and work in plenty of textured pieces to add interest.
2. Colour combos
Using a backdrop of white (and grey) gives you plenty of opportunity to be playful with your colour choices. Natural tones tend to be preferred, but this season's earthy pastels are a great way to inject colour in a sophisticated manner.
Don't be afraid to test out colour combinations you wouldn't usually think of and colours you may have shied away from in the past. Soft pinks work really well with other elements of Scandi-style for a less-feminine twist on this shade.
3. Grown-up Geometrics
Geometric prints looks great in a Scandi scheme. If you are going for a very modern take on the look, bright pops of colour work well, but for a cosier look, try muted, natural tones, or geometric knits and fabrics.
4. Practical accessories
Keep your room uncluttered by accessorising with things that also have a function. Clocks, statement lighting and storage can all be used to add interest.
5. Keep it simple
Mid-century furniture, with its clean lines, looks right at home in a Scandinavian-style bedroom. The warm wood tones also sit well alongside a simple colour palette of whites, greys and neutrals.
6. Urban influence
Cool and edgy can still be cosy. If you are looking for a minimalist style with warmth, pick prints with strong lines, but pair with rich tones like mustard or burnt orange.
7. Mixed materials
With a limited colour palette, let materials add depth and variety to your scheme. Wood is a must in a Scandi room, but try a wide variety of textiles including (faux) furs and felt, other natural materials like rattan or wicker, and don't forget to include plants.
8. Think Hygge
Aswell as decor, everything else in the room needs to be just so for you to really get what Hygge means. Light is important, whether it be lots of natural light to help you wake up in the morning, or lovely ambient lighting as you wind down.
On top of this, make sure your bedroom is set up for maximum comfort. This might mean underfloor heating for toasty toes when you get up, a place to rest your morning brew in easy reach, and of course, as many throws and scatter cushions as you can fit on your bed.
9. White and bright
Nothing reflects light like a brilliant white, but a room painted in nothing but bright white can feel a little sterile. However, you can dress a room in white and still make it inviting by using lots of texture, or going for an off-white instead.