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Are you designing a scandinavian outdoor and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Outdoor designed by Lauren Houston
OutdoorDesigned by Lauren Houston
Serena & Lily Outdoor Space designed by Laura Kaufmann
Serena & Lily Outdoor SpaceDesigned by Laura Kaufmann
Modern Charleston Home designed by Abby Baker
Modern Charleston HomeDesigned by Abby Baker
Untitled designed by michelle rogers
UntitledDesigned by michelle rogers
Outdoor (copy) designed by Olga Dragieva
Outdoor (copy)Designed by Olga Dragieva
front porch designed by Cornelia Spiske
front porchDesigned by Cornelia Spiske
Balcony designed by Kerrianne O'Brien
BalconyDesigned by Kerrianne O'Brien
Coffee Corner designed by Ciara Harrison
Coffee CornerDesigned by Ciara Harrison
Pop Up 2023- Exterior 3 designed by Lindsay Jones
Pop Up 2023- Exterior 3Designed by Lindsay Jones
Spring Nights designed by Rxchel Abrahams
Spring NightsDesigned by Rxchel Abrahams
Untitled designed by Joy Tan
UntitledDesigned by Joy Tan
Bedroom Mood Board designed by Bailey Rankin
Bedroom Mood BoardDesigned by Bailey Rankin
Untitled designed by Uzma Lone
UntitledDesigned by Uzma Lone
Deck designed by Bailey Rankin
DeckDesigned by Bailey Rankin
Untitled (copy) designed by Michelle May
Untitled (copy)Designed by Michelle May
Dream Vacation designed by Julia Splittgerber
Dream VacationDesigned by Julia Splittgerber
Outdoor Mood Board designed by Evie Leigh
Outdoor Mood BoardDesigned by Evie Leigh
Patio Summer designed by Alyssa Pearson
Patio SummerDesigned by Alyssa Pearson
Mood Board designed by Emily Monsees
Mood BoardDesigned by Emily Monsees
Untitled (copy 5) designed by Cecelia Crimmins
Untitled (copy 5)Designed by Cecelia Crimmins
outdoor/patio designed by Hannah Ivory
outdoor/patioDesigned by Hannah Ivory
Untitled designed by Dana Lanfear
UntitledDesigned by Dana Lanfear
Untitled designed by Sarah Webb
UntitledDesigned by Sarah Webb
Untitled designed by Melissa Genest
UntitledDesigned by Melissa Genest

Design tips for decorating a scandinavian style outdoor

Here’s how to achieve the scandinavian aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a scandinavian outdoor?

Outdoor spaces offer a unique opportunity to blend the comfort of indoor living with the beauty of nature. Whether you're designing a cozy patio, a vibrant garden, or a functional outdoor kitchen, the design of your outdoor space is key to creating an environment where relaxation and entertainment can flourish side by side (and mother nature can shine!).

Here's how to approach your outdoor makeover for a seamless transition from indoors to out:

  • Zoning: Define distinct areas for different activities, such as dining, lounging, and gardening. Consider the flow between these zones to encourage easy movement and interaction.
  • Furniture Selection: Choose pieces that not only complement your aesthetic but are also durable and suited for outdoor conditions. Consider the scale of the furniture in relation to the space to avoid overcrowding or underutilization.
  • Natural Elements: Integrate your layout with the existing landscape. Use the contours of your garden, the direction of sunlight, and natural wind patterns to inform the placement of furniture and features.
  • Privacy and Comfort: Incorporate elements that enhance privacy and comfort, such as strategic plantings, pergolas, or screens. These can also add texture and color to your outdoor space.
  • Lighting: Plan for a mix of functional and ambient lighting to extend the usability of your outdoor space into the evening. Solar-powered lights, lanterns, and LED strips can illuminate paths and highlight key features without overwhelming the natural night-time setting.

By carefully considering these elements, you can create an outdoor design that not only extends your living space but also enhances your connection to the outdoors, making every moment spent outside a rejuvenating experience​​. If you need an extra hand in your design process, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a scandinavian outdoor design?

Scandinavian interior design is known for its simplicity, functionality, and connection to nature. Scandinavia most commonly refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Renowned for its minimalist aesthetic and clean lines, it is deeply rooted in the Nordic principle of creating light-filled, airy environments that evoke a sense of calm and comfort.

To achieve a Scandinavian outdoor, start by cultivating an atmosphere that feels open and bright. Opt for a soft, neutral color palette that includes shades of white, beige, and gray to serve as a tranquil backdrop for your space. White walls not only amplify the natural light but also create a canvas for adding depth and interest through texture and subtle contrasts. Incorporate natural materials like light wood, leather, and wool to create a cozy and comfortable environment. Scandi furniture is elegantly simple and designed with both form and function in mind (and yes, Ikea has brought this Swedish design principal to the masses).

Decor in a Scandinavian home should be understated. You may be familiar with the concept of Hygge, a Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality (it’s commonly used to refer to Scandinavian design). This can be introduced through soft lighting, plush textiles, greenery, and personal touches that make your space feel inviting and lived-in. Floor lamps are characteristic of Scandinavian spaces. The Scandinavian style creates a serene and clutter-free space that's both modern and homely, reflecting the Nordic lifestyle's focus on simplicity and wellbeing.

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