Scandinavian Design: DIY Hacks for Every Home

The desire to redecorate your home is something we all feel. The truth is that many of us can’t afford expensive decorations.

Whilst you can’t spend your earnings on furniture and home decor, by spending money wisely, you can turn your home into a warm and modern place.


Nordic interior styling or minimalistic Scandinavian style is best described through pastels, neutral, and natural textures that bring a fresh look and a warm feel to your home.
The best thing – it is super easy to design your home by yourself on a tight budget.


  1. Wall Color

While walls combined with grey and blue textiles give off the right warm ambiance of a Scandinavian interior.

If you are paining wark walls white, keep in mind that it will take a few more coats. You might give your painter a call to take care of it while you get onto other things.

  1. Pastels

Choose a pastel color, any color you like. Actually, you can choose a few different colors to mix and match because why not.

You can choose cushions, statement plates or paint some of your furniture. This is the time when you need to be as creative as possible. Did I mention that pastels are suitable in winter and summer? That’s great, right?

That means no different color pallets every season which saves you money.

  1. Minimalise

One thing that describes Scandinavian homes is minimalism. In order to free up your space, a good rule to follow is that for every five items you add in the room, take away three. And keep in mind that clean lines are important if you want to achieve that look.

  1. Decorations

Now that you’ve painted your walls white, with the leftover paint, you can paint any IKEA furniture into an eye-catching home decor piece.

Start with dip-dyed baskets. You can take weaved baskets and just dip them in the paint tub. If you don’t like your baskets white, it can be any color you think will suit your living room or terrace.

  1. Natural Materials

Turn around, your room is all white, everything else is white and looks simple and clear. Well, now is the time to balance it by adding warmth into space.

This can be easily done with natural textures such as rugs, wood, and fur. You don’t want to break the bank and purchase everything you see in the store.

I have a better idea.

In order to stay within the budget, you could put it towards one big piece of look at what you can combine, for example, you can make wooden coffee table or cushions.

  1. Lighting

When it comes to lightning, the rooms are designed to capture natural light. This is why the white color is used everywhere to reflect light.

But, as you know, lights and lamps are a necessity. Luckily for you, there are some beautiful ones to choose from.

Sometimes, big beautiful lights can cost a lot of money. Take a look around for something cheaper. Also, you may consider changing the lamp shade and maybe add a filament globe.

  1. Be Eco-Friendly

Swedes have been quick to add environmentally-friendly aspects to their homes. Proper insulation for roofs and walls, triple-glazing, ground source heat pumps, and much more. All these are standard in new buildings.

If your budget doesn’t allow you to add new heat pump, don’t worry. The whole point is that we must take care of nature and use every opportunity we have to be eco-friendly.

  1. Add Marble

Marble sounds a little bit expensive. Luckily, you can cheat with contact paper. Yes, I am talking about the same paper we used for our school books.

All you need to go to the nearest bookstore, buy marble contact paper and carefully lay it so you don’t get bubbles.

  1. Textiles

Don’t hesitate to play with textures and try different combinations. You can mix and match two different textiles, as a matter of fact, the more the merrier. Linen pillows, a thick wool throw, faux sheepskin over the sofa. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

  1. Open Kitchen

Scandinavians love white and open-concept kitchen. You can add some open shelves to store your pretty dishes or kitchen accessories or you can use the lower cabinets to store your dishes, mugs, and etc.

For your countertop, you can go with concrete, wood pure white quartz or stainless steel to accomplish a truly minimalist look.

  1. Modern Furniture

Modern designs are found in every Scandinavian home. Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, and George Nelson are some of the most famous designers whose pieces fit just perfectly into Nordic, modern, and simple interiors.

I know that designer pieces are out of your budget, but you can take a look at their ideas and then visit IKEA to find similar furniture. IKEA has a great collection of furniture including their Stockholm series.

  1. Grey Sofa

If I should choose one piece of furniture guaranteed to be found in almost every Scandinavian home, it is the grey sofa, for sure.

Grey sofa is one of the most popular budget-friendly options for designing your living room. There is this beautiful grey sofa from IKEA – Karlstad. It is simple and yet modern. You will love it.

  1. Fireplace

A DIY fireplace is not an easy thing to do, but if you have an existing one, all you have to do is a makeover. You can find some great ideas on Pinterest on how to paint your fireplace and decorate it to make it fit into the Scandinavian styling.

Think clean and minimalist. When in doubt, less is always better.


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