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How to create a Scandinavian style bathroom

Scandinavian style decor has proven to be a hit for all rooms of the home. Bringing minimalist design, cosy fabrics and natural materials to the forefront, the trend emerged in the UK in the 1950s and is still going strong! When you consider how dark and cold many Scandinavian countries are, the practical nature of this trend enabled Scandinavians to bring light and beauty into their space. For us, this decor trend is just as functional and works perfectly in the bathroom. 

The mention of ‘Scandi-decor’ evokes images of sumptuous fabrics and natural wood tones, something that many wouldn’t consider adding to their bathroom – but there is a way to bring this trend into your space. In this blog, we’re going to explore some of the Scandi influences in our own bathroom collection as well as how to create your own cosy, natural bathroom environment. 

What does Scandinavian style mean?

When creating your own slice of Scandinavian heaven, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind. 

  • Clean lines
  • White/neutral shades
  • Practical storage
  • Cosy fabrics
  • Natural materials
  • Multi-functional furniture
  • Lots of light

The whole point of this trend is maximising light and function, so try and resist the urge to over-decorate or fill your space with unnecessary items. 

How to give your bathroom a Scandi-makeover

To achieve the Scandinavian aesthetic, start by creating a focal point in your bathroom. If you have the space, a freestanding stone bath is a great starting point. Opt for a classic shape such as an egg or oval and pair with minimalistic taps in a contrasting shade such as matte black.


The bath should be complemented by the rest of your bathroom furniture, but don’t go too over the top! Functionality is just as important as style here so opt for a vanity unit that incorporates a basin and additional storage to make the most of the space available. Look out for furniture with contrasting materials such as our matte black framed vanity collection. The juxtaposition of materials here lends itself perfectly to the Scandi decor trend. 

To further maximise space, look for innovative storage solutions such as wall-hung tall radiators and towel shelves. By drawing the eye upwards, you can still keep all of your essentials tucked neatly away while keeping your floor space clear. 

Now it’s time to start thinking about those all-important finishing touches. The trick with Scandi-decor is to not go overboard. Instead, look for decorative items that enhance the neutral shades you’ve picked and work in harmony to create a relaxing environment. Here are our top picks from Scandi bathroom accessories. 

Foliage is a must, leafy ferns and succulents will look great against neutral shades and also improve the air quality of your space. 

Mirrors are a great way to create the illusion of space. Opt for natural materials such as driftwood to bring softer tones to the space, or create further contrast with a matte black framed mirror.

Your bathroom should feel like an escape from the outside world, so invest in hotel-quality towels and robes that can be displayed in your bathroom. 

Metallic accents work perfectly in a Scandi-inspired bathroom, but don’t go overboard! Instead of matte black fixtures, brushed gold works well to create a sense of luxury and tranquillity. Gold picture frames, candle holders and plant pots can also be added to enhance this theme. 

Walls should be kept as neutral as possible, think crisp whites, grey, soft blues or dusky pinks. If you do opt for tiles, why not consider furthering the contrasting theme with black grout on white subway tiles? Not only is this style perfect for Scandinavian decor, but it’s also versatile enough to still look contemporary if you decide to redecorate. 

Looking for more decor inspiration? Take a look at our recent guide to adding statement wallpaper to your bathroom or our real-life bathroom transformation by House at Willow End

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