Scandi design is becoming ever popular in UK homes. It’s easy to see why. Scandinavian style interiors are not only functional and practical, but famed for their beauty, simplicity and warmth.

The design ethos is perhaps best summed up by the Danish term ‘hygge’. So what is hygge? Pronounced ‘hoo-gah’ (rhymes with cougar), hygge originates from the Norwegian for well-being. It is essentially a cosy, welcoming way of living that can be translated into many areas of life, from interior design to the food you cook.

A sense of cosiness can be lacking in many British homes — crisp white lines, hard floors and lots of glass are all well and good but don’t necessarily impart the sense of warmth and homeliness that is so pleasing to live with. Here, we share 12 great interiors that ooze Scandinavian style.

Add Texture

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The use of pale timber floorboards as a feature wall adds texture and interest to this neutral living room; as do the vaulted ceiling and exposed roof trusses. A freestanding stove (from Woodwarm Wildwood Stove) completes the scene.


Interior Timber Cladding

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Timber clad walls and a focal woodburning stove exude Scandi style in this budget remodelling project.


Use Flooring to Create Cosiness

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Exposed ceiling joists and eye-catching soft flooring (the Charlie Checked Rug by Dash & Albert shown) lend texture in this open plan kitchen living space.


Make Small Spaces Feel Larger

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Tongue and groove wall cladding combined with built-in storage to display wares and plush furnishings, bring warmth and character to this tiny £59,000 self build.


Frame a Stunning View

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Pared-back Scandi interiors allow a stunning rural or coastal views to take centre stage — as shown by this contemporary lochside self build on the Isle of Skye.


Use Wood — and Lots of it!

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Natural materials are key to adding warmth and interest to Scandinavian style interiors interiors. This double-height living space feels cosy and intimate thanks to limewashed timber-clad walls and oak flooring.


Cottages Benefit From the Scandinavian Look

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With their low ceilings and dark interiors, cottages can benefit from the light touch of a Scandinavian makeover. The Scandi look can be used to create a more modern interior with character. Read more on this extended and renovated cottage here.


Add Interest to Bathrooms

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Bathrooms need not be boring and clinical. In this cleverly renovated and extended farmhouse, texture has been used to create a characterful bathroom, proving the Scandinavian style look is not just for living spaces.


Bring Character to Minimalist Interiors

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Minimalist interiors can be brought to life thanks to Scandi design (think wide timber floorboard and warm grey walls).


Add Curves to Soften Rooms

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With its soft palette of whites and pastel colours, woodburing stove, handcrafted furniture and stunning timber-clad barrel-vaulted ceiling, this living room in a Scottish new build embodies Scandinavian style.


Scandinavian Style Can ‘Cosy Up’ Open Plan Homes

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Creating cosy open plan spaces can be difficult. A clever lighting scheme, the use of different textures, and a double-sided fireplace bring warmth to this open plan kitchen and living space. Plus, the considered floorplan means areas are zoned, with welcoming pockets of space to kick back and relax.


It Can Suit Traditional Homes too

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Scandinavian style interiors can suit contemporary and more traditional homes. This £150k self built home blends the best of traditional country style and Scandi design.

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