Scandinavian style is effortless and undone. We choose our favourite Scandi kids rooms and show you how to get the look.
Grab a pot of white paint – you’ll need lots of it – and step away from the high street: the matchy-matchy look has no place here. Scandi style is uncluttered yet lived in, drawing together a mix of unique finds, stylishly offset against a clean white palette.
The look can be achieved with nothing more than a bit of vintage furniture, bare floors, patterned fabrics and a sheepskin rug.
We’ve chosen a few of our favourite Scandi kids rooms:
The warm, natural wood flooring, period fireplace and antique mirror set the tone in this vintage room, shot by Julie Ansiau for Oeuf.
The striking bunk adds a modern twist and subtly echoes the pale tones of the animal hide rug. We love the collection of whimsical wool scatter cushions and the carved wooden animals.
This room works so well because it doesn’t feel overly prescribed. The individual elements all seem to tell a story and create the perfect balance between homely and stylish.
Painted white floorboards are a simple and cost-effective way to create a Scandi kids room. The clean lines of the extra wide painted floorboards mean that the acid green painted wardrobe is centre stage in this bedroom photographed by Jelte Janmaat for Vtwonen.
If lots of colour is not for you, try being adventurous with just one piece of furniture. It’s a great way to make a style statement without assaulting the senses.
For a quintessential Scandi look, opt for a black and white colour scheme. Incorporate bold graphic patterns with fabrics, cushions and artwork as seen here for My Deer Art Shop. To soften the look, add a touch of warmth with some vintage wooden furniture or a sheepskin rug.
Hanging a rug on the wall is a stylish way to add texture to a room and can create a unique focal point. The blues in this Kilim rug from Ferm Living inject an instant dose of Nordic cool to this pared back boys room.
Crisp white walls and vibrant pops of colour are an ideal pairing. Be bold and combine primary brights – like canary yellow, apple green and Crayola blue – as seen in this playful bedroom photographed by Helen Pe. Colourful toys can be left out on display to add to the playful quality. Great if you’re already short on cupboard space.
Hunt down some mid century pieces for a vintage Scandinavian look. Go for a Danish teak dresser or a child-sized chair such as the atomic saucer chairs pictured here for Children Inspire Design. Layer up mismatched flat weave rugs for a laid back, bohemian edge.
Get the look:
- This iconic rocking Charles & Ray Eames Vitra chair is super comfortable and brings a definite designer touch. €499
- No need to shell out on a pricey hide, when the Ikea Ludde Sheepskin is soft, thick and the perfect size to set next to the bedside and sink toes into. £30
- Bang on trend, an Apple shaped cushion adds a playful element to plain bedlinen. €33
For more ideas and inspiration for kids rooms, check out our Kids Rooms archive.
Kate Midda is an interior designer and writes about the renovation of her London townhouse (along with original and stylish ideas for kids arts and crafts) at Little Big House Tales. Read Kate’s Little Brother arts and crafts column for Mr Fox and follow her on Instagram @littlebighousetales.