Our designer lighting guide explores Scandinavian lighting and how to use them in your home. Scandinavian design focuses on function design, efficiency of use, and hygge, which can be translated as coziness.
This mix of ideas create a distinctive look where metal, organic materials, warm and neutral tones combine into unique features and a peculiar style.
Scandinavian lighting design evolved from the Bauhaus movement, which began in the 1920s and prioritised both purpose and performance. Scandinavian lights, like the Bauhaus, aim to make designer lighting accessible to everyone. It emphasises simplicity and simple forms, as well as how light spreads throughout the areas to create truly liveable spaces.
Styles, materials and colours
Scandinavian lights are made with purpose and clean lines borrowing some principles from minimalism. Scandinavian lighting is understated and indeed minimalist, with pastel tones and depth added through contrast and layers. Bold colours and strong patterns are strongly avoided in order to create a light-filled and calm space.
Scandinavian lighting design is influenced by the natural world, so it features materials such as wood, metal, glass, leather and linen. The strong connection between nature and humans in the northern European Countries is the main motif and it helps to keep up with the strong sustainability policies promoted in Scandinavia.
Here at Nook Collections we have a broad range of Scandinavian pendant lights, Scandinavian wall lights, floor and table lamps to satisfy all your Scandi lighting needs.
But how do you choose the right light for your home?
To answer this question we need to go back to their purpose and functionality. Since each rooms has particular features, it is crucial to define its context, each Scandinavian light will contribute to create that Hygge feel and create a cozy space.
Scandinavian Bedroom Lights
The main idea behind the bedroom decor is to create a space where you can disconnect, relax and rest, hence why we typically pick neutral colors giving a sense of serenity where mind and body can truly recharge at the end of a busy day. Scandinavian designer lights options here are countless, wall lights or table lamps for your bedside, task lights with white or black accent, leather details and warm glow will help you to finish that book you have been wanting to finish. The is the last light you often see before bed and a Scandinavian light is the best option to keep your mind at ease with soft forms and clean lines.
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Scandinavian Bathroom Lights
Your bathroom is a sanctuary, a place to refresh, it’s often where you start your morning through routines such as applying make-up and shaving, a great planned bathroom lighting will elevate your interiors while ensuring functionality and soft shadow-free light for precise tasks. Read our bathroom lighting tips and bathroom wall lights guide for more details. Scandinavian task wall lights will help you to create that sought-after feel of comfort while providing soft even illumination.
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Scandinavian Kitchen Lights
The kitchen is a multifunctional place, where the family will gather together to dine, hangout and spend time cooking. Scandinavian indoor wall lights, pendant lights and ceiling lights can truly help in creating a harmonious place where decluttering and keeping things organised is a priority. Think of functional adjustable wall lights with long stems to help direct lighting in a certain area, or simple cluster of decorative pendants over your kitchen island. In the kitchen, decorative lighting is often overshadowed (literally) by task lighting but ambient decorative lighting can create an inviting atmosphere, see below our curated list of decorative Scandinavian kitchen lights.
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Scandinavian Lights for the Dining Room
The dining room just like the kitchen is a multifunctional place, where the family will gather together to dine, hangout and spend quality time together. Designer lighting within the dining room can transform the ambience of the space whether it's indoor pendant lights, wall lights, table lamps or ceiling lights. With Scandinavian design, simplicity is key but the minimalist style doesn't mean you can't make a statement, there is plenty of opportunity to enhance the mood in the dining room.
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Angle is a modern suspension light that can be used in any interiors. The name is due to the ability of this light to be oriented wherever you like for convenient control of lighting direction via the magnet positioned on the cord. Angle is available in 3 matte modern looking finishes: black, white, and grey.
Scandinavian Lights for the Living Room
Our biggest advice when it comes to living room lighting is to layer up your lighting, what do we mean by that? We suggest using all three types of lighting - ambient, accent and task. The living serves multiple purposes whether it's hanging out with friends, watching a movie or lounging while reading a book you want to be able to control the light for different activities. Firstly, Indoor Floor Lamps and Table Lamps are perfect for directional task lighting. Secondly, ceiling lights or down lights can provide your room with an overall glow (especially when they are dimmable) Lastly, you have accent lighting such as pendant lights or wall lights. Accent lighting adds that decorative touch that gives a room its character.
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Lilly is a highly decorative Scandinavian floor lamp that combines both simplicity and sophistication. The minimalist stem, combined with the elegant orb shades in opal white glass, creates a visually dynamic sculpture that produces soft, glare-free light. The layout of the glass shades creates a strong cohesive look while also providing 360-degree lighting all throughout the room, making it ideal for ambient lighting and layering with other Scandinavian lighting fixtures.
- Make sure to look at functionality and efficiency
- Pick basic neutral or pastel colours
- Pay attention to simple forms to keep things tidy
- Layer up the light with floor lamps, wall lights and pendants
- Keep in mind the purpose of each room to complement it with the right type of light.