You don’t need to be a room designer, but you do need to understand important room decor ideas to elevate your home’s interior design. At Nordina Home, we’ve gathered decades of combined experience to bring you the most practical design tips. Whether your interior is based on Scandinavian minimalism, Mid-century modern, or both, we will share exclusive interior decor secrets to help you elevate it to new and impressive heights.

danish dining chairs forming a dining chair set in a Scandinavian style living room

Beyond fundamentals of Scandinavian home interior design

You probably know that Scandinavian design champions clean lines and uncluttered spaces. Did you know that there is much more to it than minimalist home decor? Above all else, Scandinavian interiors have a philosophy rooted in a connection with nature and functionality above all else.

Proper lighting plays a major role in creating an authentic and functional Nordic-inspired room. Large windows, light-reflecting surfaces, and a focus on maximising natural light achieve this. You can also use lighting as therapy by structuring your rooms in a certain way while still keeping the Nordic aesthetic.

Biophilic elements are often included in Scandinavian homes by incorporating interior plants in your rooms, however, you can also build an entirely biophilic-inspired interior, which has many long-term health benefits but is also aesthetically stunning.

Now, remember the functionality we mentioned? In a Scandinavian minimalist space, every piece serves a purpose. However, you don’t need to sacrifice the aesthetics because of it.
Ottomans with storage space, coffee tables that lift up to reveal hidden compartments and sofa beds with neutral colour palettes are some of those beautiful yet functional examples.

navy blue dining chairs forming a dining chair set in a Scandinavian style living room

Modern Scandinavian Design Colours

The Scandinavian colour palette includes neutral and white motives that increase brightness and spaciousness. It’s a broad palette with creamy browns, beiges, soft greys, and pastels reminiscent of nature and the outdoors, such as gentle blues and greens.

These tones are all present in one’s holistic Nordic home. They provide a soothing background against which colourful furniture and textiles stand out.

Mid century modern kitchen & dining room, mid-century dining set, ceiling lamps above kitchen island

Blending Form and Function

To achieve balance and harmony between these two concepts, take a closer look at these principles:

  • Always Declutter

    This is crucial however, don’t just shove things wherever you can. Invest in small storage solutions or furniture with storage options that blend in the interior.

  • Highlight natural textures

    Include elements that resemble nature and are natural, such as woven or sisal rugs, wooden dining chairs and tables, and accessories like wooden bowls. This will add visual interest and a warm note.

  • Hygge is your friend

    Speaking about warmth and cosy Hygge, the Danish concept of comfort and cosiness goes hand in hand with Scandinavian minimalism. Sheepskin rugs, soft throws, fireplaces and warm lights all create a peaceful and inviting atmosphere.

  • Embrace Natural Light

    Although you want warmer lights at night, the day is all about airy and inviting vibes. Large windows directed towards natural light, open floor plans, and light-coloured furniture all give your rooms a more spacious feeling.

Statement Pieces

Scandinavian style is all about simplicity blending with each other, but pops of colour and statement pieces are essential. They add character and set the main theme without overwhelming the space.

Hidden Gems of Mid-Century Modern Interior Design

mid century modern dining chairs in a conference room

Although similar, mid-century modern interior design differs from Nordic design in that it uses more vibrant colours, a wider range of materials, and more geometric/organic shapes.

Instead of covering the fundamentals of making your home mid-century modern, we will give you some hidden gems you may not have known. Still, we recommend you get to know the concept of mid-century modern first before getting into the extras below.

Vintage mid-century modern furniture

While geometric shapes are a staple, don’t shy away from organic forms like boomerang coffee tables or kidney-shaped sofas. These add a touch of whimsy and reflect nature’s influence.

Apply vintage with a modern twist. Make vintage finds look new or source reproductions with a modern twist. This combines affordability and classic style.

Apply statement lightning

Mid-century modern loves statement lighting. Look for Sputnik chandeliers, atomic-inspired lamps, or sleek floor lamps with brass finishes. This adds drama and sets the mood.

Get creative and think out of the box. Restore a vintage lamp or reupholster a chair in a modern fabric. This personalises your space and adds a touch of eco-friendliness.

Under the radar mid-century modern

While most copy the most popular mid-century designers, like Eames and Saarinen, we encourage you to explore some lesser-known names. Designers like Paul McCobb or Milo Baughman can offer a new take on mid-century modern and pieces at a more affordable price.

Home Office Interior Design

black leather office chair in a modern home office with sit stand desk and wall art

Forget the typical home office; we’ll help you create a workspace that inspires productivity and reflects your personal style.

Let’s start with positioning. One of the best ways to arrange furniture in your home office is the famous golden triangle. This method arranges your desk, chair, and main computer monitor in a triangle formation for optimal workflow, reducing unnecessary reaching and neck strain.

Decluttering is still as important as ever. Fill wall space with shelves, cabinets, or pegboards to store files, office supplies, and reference materials. This keeps your desk surface clear and increases your focus.

You should also personalise your workspace with accessories that reflect you to make it more comfortable. Using a wireless charging pad or a discreet charging station tucked away in a drawer can help you declutter even more.

Customise Your Office Chair

No matter what type of home you have, selecting the right office chair is not always easy. We want to show you various features that will help you choose the right one for your home office.

Benefits of ergonomic chair for home office

white leather office chair in a modern home office with sit stand desk and interior plant

Our models, like the high-back office chair promote good spine, arm, and lumbar posture for a unique ergonomic office chair experience. We wanted to create an ergonomic office armchair that promotes long-term health and productivity by giving your arms a rest. Because of its health benefits, this seating option is called an orthopaedic chair. Our ergonomic Laguna Office Chair is a top pick for workflow enhancement.

Ergonomics maintain a neutral spine posture, reducing spine and muscular strain. Well-designed ergonomic chairs transfer weight evenly on the seat, alleviating pain on the lower back, hips, and thighs. This decreases pressure sores and discomfort.

Adjustable chairs allow you to shift positions during the day, minimising muscle weariness and discomfort. Comfortable and supportive seating will also improve your focus and concentration.

Why choose a Vegan leather office chair?

desk chair without arms in a modern home office

Vegan leather office chairs are comfortable and stylish while protecting the environment. To reduce carbon emissions and provide you with a unique experience, we’re switching from standard leather desk chairs to cruelty-free alternatives.

Buying an office chair shouldn’t mean choosing between comfort and beauty. We know classic leather chairs are expensive and out of reach for many. Our vegan leather office chairs offer luxury comfort and style at a fraction of the cost.

We design chairs for style and function. Stain- and spill-resistant vegan leather makes office chair maintenance easier. One fast clean can restore a leather chair’s attractiveness after spills. This easy-clean function makes your chair a gorgeous desk centrepiece ready to impress family, coworkers, and clients.

Blend Your Office Chair in Every Style

The type and colour of your office chair will heavily depend on your interior style. It can sometimes be a drag to figure it out, so we recommend that you do a bit of research on what is the best colour for your office chair?

Besides the standard Scandinavian design you can incorporate your home office into much more “out there” designs.

Japandi, Coastal, French Country, Art Deco, Memphis Milano, etc., are all suitable for office chairs; however, every style requires a different type of styling and sometimes a different type of office chair.

Electric sit-stand desk style

Adjustable standing desks often boast minimalist frames and clean lines, perfectly aligning with the Scandinavian and mid-century modern emphasis on simplicity. This reduces visual clutter and creates a sense of spaciousness in your home office.

Sit-stand desk materials

Light-coloured tabletops made of beech, oak or ash will reflect the Scandinavian bright spirit and love for nature.

This harmonises with other natural accents and gives the space an organic, soothing vibe. To channel your inner mid-century modernist, outfit your standing desk with a metal base. For an air of refined elegance, choose chrome or stylish gunmetal.

Danish dining chair

danish dining chairs forming a dining chair set in a Scandinavian style living room

Danish dining room chairs are ideal as decor gear for your dining area and living room.

The best way to mix and match them is to pair them with a clean-lined sofa or armchairs for a cohesive look.

Danish dining chair colours

Stick to the Scandinavian colour palette of white, black, and beige for the chair and surrounding furniture. You can add pops of colour with throw pillows or rugs.

Danish dining chair materials

Wood is a key element in Scandinavian design. The Danish dining chair’s beech wood will complement other wooden furniture pieces in the room, like a coffee table or side tables.

Choosing the right bar stools

black leather bar stools in an elegant room next to a bar counter view from above

Bar stools are one of the most inclusive furniture pieces. Made for all shapes, interiors and sizes. You can find many surprising ways to incorporate them into your home.

However, here, we want to cover the customisation and benefits that you need to understand before you start decorating.Finding your ideal bar stool height comes first, but since more and more are height-adjustable bar chairs, that isn’t a problem. More importantly, you should decide which bar stool material fits your interior the best.

Best Bar Stool Materials

There are two main bar stool material types you should consider having in your lovely home. Let’s break them down, and help you find the one you need:

  • Wooden bar stool: a warm embrace

    Imagine a bar stool with a solid wood seat and backrest, perhaps in beech or oak. This timeless classic embodies the Scandinavian design philosophy, offering natural beauty and warmth. Wooden stools pair seamlessly with other wooden furniture pieces you might have, creating a cohesive look. Additionally, wood is known for its exceptional durability and requires minimal maintenance – a simple wipe-down keeps it clean.

  • Faux leather bar stool: safety and style

    Industrial-chic metal bar stools with brushed nickel or chrome bases complement the mid-century modern style. Although strong and durable, their small weight makes them easy to move. Opposite to the cold base, these bar stools have vegan leather seats, which bring warmth and comfort while preserving an elegant design.

    Faux leather bar stools feature padded seats and backrests typically wrapped in fabric or vegan leather. This luxurious option injects a pop of colour or pattern into your space, adding a touch of personality. However, upholstered stools require more frequent cleaning, especially in high-traffic areas. Since the vegan leather seat on the stools we sell offers a more durable and easier-to-maintain alternative to traditional fabric upholstery, it’s a great choice for busy households.

    Bar stools save space

    black bar stools in in a Scandinavian style living room

    Bar stools are champions of space optimisation in modern living. They leverage vertical space, allowing you to create a dining or work area without sacrificing precious floor square footage. Unlike bulky chairs, they tuck neatly under counters when not in use, keeping your space feeling uncluttered and promoting effortless flow. This space-saving magic is especially valuable in open-plan living areas where clear boundaries are desired.

    Bar stools add character

    You can learn how to add character with your bar stools by understanding how to properly integrate them into your modern home.

    Bar stools are a canvas for infusing personality into your space. Bold colours or eye-catching patterns on the seat or backrest can create a focal point, while unique textures like vegan leather upholstery, woven rattan or boucle add a touch of intrigue. Even the material choice can play a role – sleek chrome base stools complement an industrial, mid-century modern and Scanidnavian them while natural wood ties into a more biopholic, french country Scandinavian and coastal style. By echoing your overall design aesthetic or adding a surprising pop of colour, bar stools can reflect your unique style.

    black dining room chairs around a white dining table with a small Louis Vuitton

    Magic of dining room sets

    The dining table set serves as the heart of the home, a place for sharing stories, laughter, and connection. Whether you’re hosting intimate gatherings for four or larger family dinners for six and more, choosing the right set is crucial for both functionality and aesthetics. Here’s how dining table sets elevate your modern space:

    black dining chairs around a wooden dining table.Outdoor setting.

    Benefits of Dining Room Sets

    Dining room sets are first and foremost, functional centrepieces. They set the right mood and elevate the aesthetic of the space.

    Purchasing a matching table and chair set ensures a unified look, fostering order and visual harmony in the dining or living room.
    Dining table sets are designed with both size and comfort in mind. They can be space-saving like dining table sets for 4 or grandiose like dining room chairs set of 6 or more.

    Blending dining table and chairs with the room design

    Dining room sets are your focal point, so you need to make sure they align with your interior style.

    As we are primarily talking about Scandinavian minimalism and mid-century modern, it all comes down to clean lines, natural elements and geometric shapes.

    If your space is more minimalist-oriented, we recommend you only add an interior plant as a decor piece. Go for a simple centrepiece like a single bud vase with a fresh flower or a wooden tray filled with smooth river rocks and a few candles.

    When it comes to mid-century modern styles, your table can have more accented decorations that are more personalised. Different figurines, shapes and even something like a ceramic bowl filled with colorful glass balls or a sculptural vase with a bold pattern.

    To find some great inspiration for your Scandinavian and mid-century modern dining room set you can check our dining room sets for 6 and 4 catalouge.

    Aslo, for creative ideas on how to structure your dining sets, check our Dining Chair Set Styling Guide.