There are so many interior design styles to choose from when decorating your home, such as rustic Mexican or British eccentric, but there is one style that always seems to win you over with its clean and modern design. The Scandinavian style is popular and easy to create thanks to one huge Swedish store catering to the masses, but there are also ways to recreate the same look while using key furniture and accessory pieces from other retail outlets.

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Here we look at the basic steps to follow to create a modern Scandinavian dining area.

The colour palette

Begin with decorating the walls and floors in very neutral colours, making sure the walls are clear and free from dado and picture rails. Stick to whites, pastels, pale greys and creams. A feature of Scandinavian design is its simplicity, with muted tones of colour. We will build up the warmth with the use of textures and accessories.

Keep the tone light

When choosing wooden furniture for the dining table, shelves and useful sideboards, don’t go for dark wood. Scandinavians prefer the clean look of light oaks to keep the space light and airy. If you are laying a wooden floor, again use pale colours such as oak or greys.

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Take a seat

Make dining a social affair and invite your guests to stay seated for hours. For this you will need comfortable chairs, such as Lloyd Loom dining chairs from These are a lightweight and less plastic-looking version of seating than most Scandinavian designs. According to Home Designing, mismatching the colours of the chairs will stop the room looking too uniform and will bring an easy-going bohemian feel to the dining room.

Add some texture

Bring to life your neutral palette with animal print accessories to keep you cosy in the colder months. Fluffy rugs and woollen blankets can also adorn the room to add some warmth. In the summer months, introduce colourful plant pots and quirky pictures to bring life to the dining space.

With its essentially minimalist design, Scandi-inspired dining rooms or dining spaces can fit perfectly into any home. With the use of simple, colourful and interesting accessories, the basic design can be built upon to suit your individual style and interests.