How to Bring Scandinavian Design to Your Outdoor Space

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Originating in the early 20th century, Scandinavian design has since been a prominent design trend across the globe. Influenced by Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, the style is renowned for its simple, modern design and natural elements. The Scandinavian style has become the perfect go-to design to achieve a minimalistic aesthetic that emulates beauty and serenity. By incorporating some key design elements, you can easily create a Scandinavian-inspired outdoor space that you’ll love spending time in. Read on to learn how.

General aesthetics

When it comes to achieving a Scandinavian design, it’s all about creating a simple and functional space that is aesthetically pleasing. This style is the perfect choice if you are looking to give your outdoor space a makeover that has a minimalist nature and timeless appeal. Or perhaps you lead a busy lifestyle and want to come home to a cosy, peaceful outdoor space to relax and unwind.

Scandinavian design is all about creating a simple and functional space
Scandinavian design is all about creating a simple and functional space

To create your own Scandinavian-inspired look, start by keeping your outdoor living area clean and clutter-free. Whether it’s your decking or patio area, or a secluded area in your backyard, ensure it’s a comfy space to enjoy during the warmer and cooler seasons. The key to achieving this look is to incorporate natural elements such as textures and materials; select neutral colours with a subtle dash of patterned textiles to create a calm space that feels warm and inviting.

This beautiful blend of natural elements is what makes this style a popular choice today. Keep reading to discover what materials, colours and key pieces that are needed to achieve this look.

Material selection

Natural materials that reflect the outdoors is an important feature in the Scandinavian design. This includes light woods, stone, wicker and metal, complemented with blended textiles, such as wool and linen. This natural mix of material choices are quintessential for this style and will help bring the design outdoors to create an inviting feeling.

Incorporate natural materials to achieve the look
Incorporate natural materials to achieve the look

Colour choices

It’s important to mostly stick to a natural palette of neutrals and earthy tones. Think white, cream, beige, grey and light wood tones. This will help to create a calming and relaxing space that is in keeping with the Scandinavian style. If you want to add interest and colour, mix and match different textures and materials. Consider muted tones like deep green, blue and soft pink, which will capture a bright and airy feel in your space.

Scandinavian style mood board
Scandinavian style mood board

You can also incorporate darker colours, like black and tan to achieve a bold statement. These tones not only make up the Scandinavian colour scheme but will also contrast nicely against the greenery and pale wood elements.

Incorporate darker colours to achieve a bold statement
Incorporate darker colours to achieve a bold statement

Key pieces

By incorporating some key pieces, you can bring the Scandinavian design to your outdoor space.

Natural surfaces

To capture a simple and natural look as well as making a practical addition to your outdoor space, utilise timber decking. Timber decking can help you create a warm and inviting space that is perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing. There are also many benefits to using timber decking in your outdoor space. One of the main benefits is that this kind of flooring is durable and easy to maintain, so it will look great for years to come.

Different hardwood options for a natural look
Different hardwood options for a natural look

Another popular type of decking is composite. Designed to look and feel like natural timber, composite decking can help to bring the Scandinavian design to your backyard without the maintenance. Because it requires much less maintenance than regular timber decking, there’s no need for staining and oiling. Further, it’s also slip-resistant, making it a safe option for families with young children.

Whether you opt for timber or composite decking, you can pick the perfect light shade like ‘Antique’, to achieve the Scandinavian look. However, if you’re seeking another option to bring a natural texture into your backyard, stone or pavers are also great choices.

Shaded structure

Scandinavians appreciate the nature and spending time outdoors. Adding a shaded structure like a pergola in your backyard is another key element to bringing the Scandinavian style outdoors. Pergolas are excellent for providing shade and protection from the elements, while still allowing plenty of light and air to flow through.

For a truly Nordic feel, opt for a white or light-coloured timber pergola with simple, clean lines. Decorate with fairy lights or lanterns for a magical touch and add some comfortable seating beneath to create a relaxing space to enjoy the outdoors.

Opt for a light-coloured timber pergola with simple, clean lines
Opt for a light-coloured timber pergola with simple, clean lines

Pergolas come in many different designs. Flat roofed or flyover pergola designs are suitable choices for helping to create the Scandinavian look due to their minimalistic and stylish appearance. A pergola will also give your outdoor space ample shelter from the inclement weather; without compromising on the light and airy feel.

Minimalistic and stylish flyover pergola
Minimalistic and stylish flyover pergola

For an extra touch of luxury, add ceiling lights and fans to make spending time outdoors in warmer weather much more comfortable. Outdoor blinds are also the perfect addition to your alfresco area for even greater protection from the UV rays, rain and strong winds, making entertaining a breeze.

Outdoor furniture

When it comes to outdoor furniture, this means investing in pieces that are modern and practical. Keep your furniture and décor minimalistic, opting for clean lines to achieve the look. Add some interest with colorful pillows or outdoor rugs. Dining table and chairs are also a must – whether you opt for a teak wood set or something more modern in design, make sure the furniture is comfortable and inviting.

Keep your furniture and décor minimalistic
Keep your furniture and décor minimalistic

Outdoor sofas or lounge chairs are another alternative if you want to create a cosy space for relaxing. If you don’t have the space for a dining table, you can always opt for classic rope swing or rattan hanging chair, which will be a focal point in your outdoor space.

Remember to choose furniture that is comfortable enough to relax in, but also durable enough to withstand the elements.

Add greenery

If you want to achieve a Scandinavian style for your outdoor space, incorporate lots of greenery. Potted plants or a small herb garden are essential for a truly Scandinavian feel and can be added as a decorative element to your decking or patio area. This can be in the form of potted plants, hanging plants, or even a small garden. All of these will help to create a relaxed and natural atmosphere that is characteristic of Scandinavian design.

Add greenery for a decorative element
Add greenery for a decorative element

Finishing touches

Finally, add some personal touches to really make the space your own. From cosy cushions and throws to decorative centrepieces and favourite books, these finishing touches will make your outdoor space feel like a true extension of your home.

If you’re looking to add warmth, a firepit will make the perfect addition. It’s a great way to bring much-needed warmth when entertaining or relaxing, while also making an eye-catching feature in your backyard.

Add warmth to your outdoor space with a firepit

Don’t forget the lighting! String lights are a popular choice for a Scandinavian style outdoor space. They create a warm and inviting ambiance that is perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Other finishing touches include cushions and throw rugs with soft colours and textures for chilly evenings.

Add string lights to your pergola

By following these tips, you will be able to create the perfect Scandinavian style outdoor space for your home.

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