Scandinavian style is casual and easy, with playful touches and a simple yet refined vibe.
If all that sounds appealing as you shake off winter's gloom, you'll find many pretty, Scandinavian-inspired decor options for spring.
Scandinavian style is typically anchored by whites and creams, which provide a light-filled canvas on which berry red, sky blue, forest green and ochre offer pops of cheerful color. Black sometimes provides a dramatic canvas, especially on a rug. But there also are soothing faded pinks, soft stone grays and dusky purples in the palette.
This spring, Ikea honors its Scandinavian roots with an extensive collection including designer Eva Lundgreen's Akerkulla floral motif curtains and rug. The Hemnes furniture collection really nails the Swedish look with a linen cabinet in a deep red, a bed frame in gray and a shelving unit in blue. (ikea.com)
At The Company Store, there's the cottage charm of the Carrie comforter cover in an orange crewelwork floral motif on earthy chambray cotton. The tailored yet elegant Hampton table comes in gentle shades of tarragon, ash and tan. (thecompany store.com)
Anthropologie's got the Amora bedding set with a colorful graphic on snowy white. While South American in origin, the folk pattern is similar enough to those of northern design that it reads Scandinavian. (anthropologie.com)
Burke D?or has a charming teapot sprinkled with playful tulips and blossoms, designed by Swedish ceramicist Camilla Engdahl. (burkedecor.com)