Welcome to Scandinavian Boho, the Design Style We're Currently Obsessed With

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a solid wooden dining table under a large rattan pendant lamp in a spacious open-plan house
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There's a new design style in town and we think that you're gonna dig this hybrid just as much as we do. Introducing Scandinavian Boho, an effortless aesthetic that doesn't feel cluttered but instead is warm, inviting, and more importantly, interesting.

Bohemian interiors have been popular for the last few years but now homeowners are looking to edit that approach and curate a clean and inviting space that also gives a big high five to traditional Scandinavian design. That means a focus on natural materials, clean lines, and design classics.

Get this unique combo right by taking inspiration from these eight spaces that have already mastered Scandinavian boho style, plus a few tips on how to implement the look in your own home.

1. Don't go overboard on accessories.

Scandi interiors tend to be more on the minimal side so you should aim to keep your furnishings and accessories to a minimum, with only a few boho pieces thrown into the mix to create a cozy ambience. Mallory of Reserve Home has created the perfect compromise in her living room with a bohemian rug and earthy-hued soft furnishings.

Get the look: Loloi Gold/Blush Skye Rug, pricing upon request

2. Focus on natural materials.

Both Scandinavian and bohemian styles celebrate natural materials with light wood finishes — rattan and cane are the big hitters to look out for. This minimal dining room designed by Olivia from Livvy Land incorporates them all with statement jute pendant lights, steam bent dining chairs, and a sophisticated oak dining table.

Get the look: Anthropologie Bungalow Pendant, $228

3. Invest in classic pieces.

The ethos behind Scandinavian design tends to lean toward living consciously and being intentional with what you bring into your home. Invest in design classics with Scandi silhouettes that will last the test of time for your base, and add in bohemian touches with artwork, area rugs, and plants.

Get the look: West Elm Mid-Century Mini Desk, $399

4. Use natural tones.

As well as white, think about incorporating other neutrals into your home with the help of soft furnishings and artwork. Sara of Black + Blooms has nailed the look in this Scandinavian boho bedroom, letting the oak furniture do the talking with plenty of plants to provide a natural boost of green.

Get the look: Justina Blakeney for Makers Collective Hamsa Hand of Fatima Quilt Set, $99.99 - $119.99

5. Add a pop of color.

While white is alright, a typical Scandinavian boho design will also incorporate a burst of color alongside graphic patterns. This dining room designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Bri of Designlovefest shows you exactly how it's done with teal dining chairs, clean lines, and natural textures ... ahh, a recipe for relaxation.

Get the look: Muuto Nerd Chair, $499

6. Find clever storage solutions.

Making sure things are tidy and organized will keep your home from looking cluttered. We know, it's not easy, but this will make all the difference when it comes to creating a Scandinavian boho aesthetic. Follow the lead of Sarah from A House in the Hills and purchase double-duty furniture that also acts as storage for a clean look that can handle a healthy dose of pattern and color.

Get the look: IKEA Malm Bed, $349 - $449

7. Style to perfection.

Bohemian design is all about bringing trinkets, mementos, and inspiration into your home, so be sure to remember this when it comes to Scandinavian boho styling — it's all about balance. Robert and Christina of New Darlings got it just right in their son's nursery, tying in cute wooden toys with pretty storage and a pop of greenery.

Get the look: Pehr Pom Pom Bundle (set of 3), $90

8. Keep it white.

a solid wooden dining table under a large rattan pendant lamp in a spacious open-plan house
Image Credit: Paul Anderson for Hunker

A key feature of most Scandinavian boho spaces is a fresh white backdrop that keeps everything looking clean and structured. Just add natural materials (like that IKEA pendant) and whimsical artwork, as seen in this house belonging to Chris and Anna Pearson, for a warm and welcoming touch.

Get the look: Artwork by Ryan Snow, pricing upon request


Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.

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