Your Guide to Scandinavian & Nordic Design

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If you are looking to redesign your home and appreciate the simple things in life, Scandinavian/Nordic design is perfect for you. Its focus is on minimalism and comfort and while it invites natural light and modern elements, there is no room for clutter. Learn more about what Scandinavian/Nordic design is and how you can accomplish this style in your home.


What is Scandinavian/Nordic Design?


Scandinavian/Nordic design derives from the Nordic countries – Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. It became popular in the 1950s when Europe and America were experiencing a modernist movement, and functionalism was at the forefront of Scandinavian/Nordic interior design. Clean lines, light color palettes, and practical furniture embody the style.

Scandinavian Design 


What Colors to Use in Scandinavian/Nordic Design


Neutrals and light colors are the main focus of Scandinavian/Nordic design. Whites, grays, browns, and blacks set the tone since cleanliness and simplicity are two of the key features of this style. Brown tones can be incorporated through wood visuals like accessories, shelving, furniture and flooring.


Types of Flooring in Scandinavian/Nordic Design


There is not a fully-carpeted room in sight when it comes to Scandinavian/Nordic design. Bare, wood floors in light colors are the way to go. If you want to soften the space, layer a couple of area rugs.


Mannington’s ADURA® Parisian Oak vinyl plank floors make the perfect statement in Scandinavian/Nordic styled homes. This white oak visual places emphasis on clean lines and simplicity while capturing the essence and unmatched beauty found in nature.

Light Vinyl Plank Wood Flooring
Flooring Details: ADURA® Vinyl Plank – Parisian Oak, Color: Croissant

If you want to incorporate dark tones, consider Baltic Stone, an ADURA® vinyl plank soapstone visual with contrasting soft white veining which provides a bold impact when paired against wood accents and a neutral color pallete.

Soapstone Vinyl Plank Flooring
Flooring Details: ADURA® Vinyl Plank – Baltic Stone, Color Storm

Hand-crafted hardwood is another flooring option prevalent in Nordic designs. Mannington’s Park City and Normandy Oak hardwood flooring options are great choices because of their natural and airy appearance.

Light Pine Vinyl Plank Flooring
Flooring Details: Hardwood – Park City, Color: Wintry

Faux Wood Vinyl Plank Flooring
Flooring Details: Hardwood – Normandy, Color: Brioche

For those who prefer laminate flooring with an authentic wood appearance, check out our Restoration Collection® Anthology. These floors create a warm, eclectic feel and work in a variety of rooms.

Dark Wood Vinyl Plank Flooring
Flooring Details: Restoration Collection® Laminate – Anthology, Color: Tannin

How to Accessorize Scandinavian/Nordic Design


  • Warm, cozy accessories are the epitome of Scandinavian/Nordic design. With many people wanting to embrace the Hygge lifestyle, fur, wool, and sheepskin throw blankets and area rugs are a must-have.
  • Other elements of décor should remain simple with clean lines. Think geometric patterns on throw pillows or in artwork, metallic finishes on hardware, and modern light fixtures.  
  • To allow natural light to shine through, consider sheer window treatments or none at all. Also, include elements of nature throughout the space, whether that be a vase of fresh flowers or an oversized plant.
  • Don’t overdo it on decorations and accessories. Clutter-free spaces and bare walls are also staples in Scandinavian/Nordic design.



Style of Furniture in Scandinavian/Nordic Design


When you think of Scandinavian/Nordic design, furniture is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Nordic designers favor simple, sturdy silhouettes and clean lines. The goal is for furniture to be functional, beautiful, and made from natural materials like wood; this includes everything from the couches to the tables and shelving units. Smooth, rounded edges are another feature of Nordic furniture.

When designing a Scandinavian/Nordic home, remember to keep it simple. Find flooring that fits within the style by visiting a local Mannington retailer today.