Scandinavian Simplicity

Spotted by the Narwhal March 2014 | STORD, NORWAY

Keeping it simple with contemporary Scandinavian interior design

Achieve the look of this simple + contemporary Scandinavian living room


Look for clean modern lines with square arms, low profile seating and metal legs.

Oregon Chaise Sectional and Chair from Scandinavian Designs  SÖDERHAMN sofa and chaise lounge with footstool and chair from Ikea
Left: Scandinavian Designs Oregon chaise sectional $799, Scandinavian Designs Oregon chair $349
Right: Ikea SÖDERHAMN chair $359Ikea SÖDERHAMN footstool $159Ikea SÖDERHAMN sofa and chaise lounge $799

2. RUG

Define and unite your living space with an ample-sized area rug.

      MEJLBY Rug, flatwoven, blue, orange from Ikea
Left: Safavieh Cambridge Collection, handmade, wool, 8′ x 10′, $433
Middle: Safavieh Shag Collection, machine made, beige, 8′ x 10′, $242
Right: Ikea MEJLBY Rug, flatwoven, blue, orange, 9′ 10″ x 6′ 7″, $79.99

3. Accessories

Wall Clock – Bigger is better.

    BRAVUR Wall clock, white
Left: Cupecoy Design 30″ DIY Aluminum Clock $29.99
Middle: Howard Miller Ball Clock II 42″ Modern Wall Clock $325.50
Right: Ikea BRAVUR 23″ Wall Clock $49.99

Hanging Globe – A modern spin on our world.

Menu Hanging Globe by Jakob Wagner
Above: Menu Hanging Globe by Danish designer Jakob Wagner €147 (price varies by country)
Note from the Narwhal: There are very limited options for stylish hanging globes online, but you can try searching on AMAZON or EBAY for something similar to Wagner’s design.

Floating Book Shelf – Less is more.

 LACK wall shelf from Ikea
Left: Umbra Conceal Floating Bookshelf $13.90
Right: Ikea LACK Wall Shelf $6.99

Throw Pillows – Be bold. Look for solids or well defined patterns.

cushions and covers at Ikea   Geometric Floral Pattern in Graphic Bold Blue by Iconographique   Throw Pillows on Society6
Left: Browse cushions and covers at $1.49-$19.99
Middle: Geometric Floral Pattern in Graphic Bold Blue throw pillow cover by Iconographique on Society6 $20
Right: Search throw pillows by color on Society6 $20-$39

Throw blanket – Choose a warm woolen blanket for a true Scandinavian look.

Icelandic Wool Blanket on Amazon   Threshold Microstripe Throw at Target
Left: Icelandic Wool Blanket by Freyja $259
Right: Target Threshold Microstripe Throw $19.99
Search for more throw options on AMAZON, TARGET, or IKEA.

4. Lighting

The arc floor lamp is an absolute must for this simply Scandinavian look.

     Kovacs Arc Floor Lamp on Amazon       REGOLIT floor lamp from Ikea
Left: Studio 1735 Sunflower Lamp with Large Cube Base $554
Middle: Kovacs P053-077 1 Light Arc Floor Lamp $360
Right: Ikea REGOLIT Floor Lamp $49.99

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Want more Scandinavian interior design inspiration?

1. Visit the Bambula blog

A Finnish blog with great Scandinavian interior design ideas, including some great DIY projects

2. View the Narwhal’s “Scandinavian Simplicity” board on Pinterest