12 Scandinavian Inspired Dining Rooms That Are Oooh

When it comes to Scandinavian design, bedrooms and living rooms often get the lion's share of attention on Scandi-loving home decor blogs (and Pinterest, of course!). But we urge you to consider another area where the principles of clean lines, a soothing color palette, and an appreciation of nature can also apply: the dining room. Here are 12 ways to transform your dinette into the Scandinavian respite you've been craving.

1. Wood, wood, and more wood.

rustic farmhouse-style Scandinavian dining room
credit: Jenna Peffley

Wooden table, wooden chairs, wooden floor — we're sensing a theme here. That's because natural materials are the hallmark of Scandinavian design and give a rustic feel that is still polished à la this dining room at the Lindeborgs Eco Retreat.

2. Illuminate your space with ceiling lights.

Whether you prefer exposed bulb pendants, chandeliers, or something more architectural, ceiling lighting is both functional and a beautifully luminous way to give your dining room some character.

3. Keep the color palette simple.

In a world with so many paint colors and wallpapers, bare white walls might sound like sacrilege. We prefer to view it as a subtle choice. While white is a traditional clean look on the walls of Scandinavian homes, you may also find grays and light blues.

4. Add pops of color with Eames chairs.

One way to play with color in the dining area could be with a set of Eames molded plastic side chairs. Whether you splurge on the real thing, or opt for one of its many replicas, the look can bring a modern feel to any Scandi space.

5. Sheepskin rugs aren't just for floors.

Scandinavian dining room with sheepskin rugs on seats
credit: Vosgesparis

Draping a sheepskin rug over your dining room chairs is about more than just comfort. This cozy decor trick also adds warm texture to your Scandi-inspired space. Both One Kings Lane ( $35 ) and Ikea ( $14.99 ) have affordable faux fur options that will do the trick.

6. Make a wish on Wishbone chairs.

This dining room filled with Hans Wegner's handcrafted wooden Wishbone chairs is a dream come true! Plus the sculptural beauty embraces Scandinavian design's focus on natural materials so you can't go wrong.

7. Place a statement piece in the center of the room.

Vases of fresh flowers are an essential element of Scandi design. Take that idea a step further by displaying fruits and vegetables in a glass bowl at the center of your dining table. This Ultime Thule serving platter ( $88.15 ) from Iittala is understated yet elegant.

8. Add industrial elements.

Scandinavian dining room industrial
credit: Nordic Days

Sleek black metal chairs or ceiling lamps, or a repurposed metal table, are all ways to add industrial elements to your rustic Scandi dining space.

9. Plants and fresh flowers enliven a room — literally.

Scandinavian dining room with greenery
credit: Nordic Design

Potted plants and vases of fresh flowers are another way to bring the outdoors inside.

10. Utilize all of your space.

A dining area with white walls doesn't need to feel cramped. Rely on ceiling lights, artwork, windows, mirrors, and fireplaces to give a space depth and texture, too.

11. Forgo chairs for benches.

Scandinavian dining room with dining chairs and bench
credit: Yellowtrace

Feeding — and seating — a crowd will be faster and easier with benches lining the dining room table. Or, mix and match like Jessica Helgerson did in this Amagansett house.

12. Candlesticks are both functional and beautiful.

Candles — and of course, candlesticks — are essential for the hygge feel that sustains a home throughout the winter months. They also lead to a beautifully decorated tablescape.