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Top 5 IKEA picks that will help you achieve the PERFECT Scandinavian interior on a budget!

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

When you think of Scandinavian design, what comes to mind? A clean and cozy space? Maybe it's the minimalist look that's so popular right now, or maybe it's something else entirely.

Whatever your definition, IKEA can help make that vision a reality in your own home — at an affordable price point! And with the power of interior styling, once you’ve mastered it, it's just that easy to create and customise your interior style as and when your heart desires. Below are some of my favourite picks from the Swedish retailer that will take you one huge step closer to you dream Scandinavian interior. Let’s dive right in!


There are a number of benefits that come from decorating your room with rugs. A bedroom rug can instantly change the appearance and feel of the room. A jute rug like LOHALS is a wonderful choice for that Scandinavian home decor. Not only are jute rugs easy to clean, they are highly durable. The LOHALS rug has this soft, warm hue that will be a calming and neutral addition to your décor. So, if you have been hesitating to add a new rug to your bedroom, perhaps it is time that you take the plunge.

TIP: When adding a rug around furniture, keep the front legs on the rug and back legs off to get the sizing perfect for your space!

You may think that Scandinavian style is only for furniture, but you're in for a treat!

The idea that your interior style can extend to the rest of your home is a fun one. You don't have to limit yourself to the living room or bedroom when you're thinking about how to bring the Scandinavian feel into your home—your kitchen dining area is also fair game. I love these beige cutlery sets from IKEA because they're simple and sleek, but still incorporate some of the same design elements as most Scandinavian furniture: clean lines, simple shapes, and neutral colours.

So if you want your guests to be wowed by your dinner table setup, make sure to consider these beige cutlery sets from IKEA for an easy way to make your space feel more Scandinavian without having to invest in expensive pieces.


When you're designing a room, it's always important to consider the lighting. By choosing the right light fixture, you can create an atmosphere that makes your space feel cozy, or highlight architectural details in a way that highlights them without being too flashy.

Modern Scandinavian lighting walks the line between minimalism and a focus on handcrafted design. That's where IKEA’s REGOLIT pendant lamp shade comes in. It is a beautiful paper shade that will add just enough light to any room without overpowering it. At $5 per shade, it's also surprisingly affordable! It gives your space a subtle glow, yet also allows for some versatility.


The versatile TOLKNING series is made of natural fibers with a warm look that is Scandinavian in a nutshell. This bench has a secret – its clutter-free home lovers favourite. It offers not only an extra seat but also a convenient storage solution.

With just one lift, you can open up to one metre of shelf space for storing books and magazines or other items that you want to keep out of sight when not in use – for example toys or games for children. The bench comes in three different sizes: the small bench measures 1.32m x 0.8m, the medium bench measures 1.32m x 1.10m and the large bench measures 1.60m x 1.20m.

Cheers for versatile size options, am I right!


The lightness and domestic ambience spread by Scandinavian interiors find a growing number of followers. An inseparable yet simultaneously most distinctive element of the style is Scandinavian seating. The ODGER chair combines all of the requirements of this interior style into a single piece of furniture. Simple, modern and minimal. This chair will make a statement without trying too hard. The chair's moulded shell provides a comfortable, flexy feel that you can enjoy following a simple 3-click setup. Wood, like decorative sprinkles, is combined into ivory nude plastic for strength and beauty.

TIP: Mix and match your dining chairs! One way to do this is to go for the same colour but to play around with different styles and shapes.

I hope you enjoyed this list of Scandinavian furniture picks from IKEA! I know that the Swedish design world is full of inspiring things, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when decorating your home. My goal with any blog post is always to give you the best place to start with all of my years of experience in the world of interior design compacted into one post.

So whether you’re just getting started with Scandinavian style or have been living it for years now, go ahead: pick up one or two items off this list today and get started on your own journey towards creating an awesome space!


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