6 Scandinavian Bathroom Ideas - Colours, Accessories, Materials & More

Published by: Kevin Sears

22nd June 23

Reading Time: 2 mins 48 secs

Scandinavian design is having a moment. Equal parts functional and elevated, it’s an easy ethos to adopt to ensure captivating yet purposeful interior design. 

But where should you start? And how do you create an aesthetic that looks intentionally minimalist and practical as opposed to sparse and dull? 

That’s what we explore in this article, offering six easy tips to turn your bathroom into a Scandi heaven you’ll love to return to. Look out for information about making your space more Hygge (cosy) along with our favourite product recommendations. 

Scandi bathroom ideas:

Scandinavian design is in large part based on minimalism. For that reason, we’ve kept our guide direct and easy to follow. Read on to transform your bathroom in eight simple steps. 

  1. Start with a natural colour scheme

Set the right tone for your space by choosing a predominately white colour scheme with hints of neutral and natural colours. This means including:

  • Soft blues and greys. These calming colours can be used at intervals as an alternative to white. 
  • Beige, tan or brown. When used in accessories like toothbrush containers or accents on the wall, these add warmth and a feeling of cosiness.
  • Black and dark green. Create contrast and depth by using shades sparingly. 
    1. Choose functional furniture

    As Sorcha McCrory, Managing Editor at Scandinavia Standard describes, Scandinavian design is founded in “the touchstones of simplicity, functionality, and comfort.” For that reason, you should seek to centre your bathroom around efficient, effective pieces of furniture. 

    Our wall-hung toilets are a great example of this. With their concealed cisterns and compact designs, they can make any bathroom look more streamlined.  

    1. Incorporate the right materials

    There’s no use choosing the right colours if the materials you go for don’t contribute towards your desired aesthetic. For a Scandi design, you should look to include a natural finish or clean white surfaces wherever possible. 

    Take our Raffinata vanity as an example of how this looks in practice. It comes in oak, white and stone finishes and, featuring beautiful clean lines, scratch-resistant materials and antibacterial surfaces, it’s a practical yet elegant sink-come-storage space. 

    1. Select the right lighting

    If you’ve spent any time on Instagram in the past few months, you’ll undoubtedly have heard of the concept of Hygge. Translated as a feeling of cosiness and warmth, it’s something that plays a key role within Scandi design. And lighting is a key contributor if you’re looking to create this ambience. 

    Meik Wiking, author of “The Little Book of Hygge” describes that to create a warm glow, you need to opt for bulbs between 1800 and 2700 Kelvin. As the Scandis do, you can also experiment with different forms of light, including candles, cabinet lights and spotlights. 

    1. Focus on the small details

    Another Scandi bathroom idea that’s key to a homely sense of Hygge is including small, beautiful details. So take a look at including:

    • Plush towels set on a sleek towel ring
    • A cotton bathmat
    • Candles with natural scents
    • Plenty of plants and foliage, particularly birch, snake plants and aloe vera
    • Personal touches like art or photographs
    1. Be sure to declutter

    Scandinavian design is clean and minimalist above all else. So, at the same time as including cosy details, you need to be sure to avoid clutter. Here’s how you can achieve this balance with smart storage ideas:

  • Include baskets. Opt for those made of natural materials like hemp or rattan for a more Scandi look. 
  • Use jars. To create a clean aesthetic and save space, decant soaps and shampoos into glass jars.   
  • Add a mirrored cabinet. These create a more spacious feel whilst providing plenty of storage opportunities. What’s more, our range comes with warm lighting to help you create that ambient atmosphere. 

  • Bringing your Scandi bathroom to life

    If you’re ready to transform your space with functional essentials and sleek accessories with just the right lighting, get in touch. Our bathroom furniture is designed to be stylish yet minimalist, functional yet chic, the perfect accompaniment to a Scandinavian aesthetic. 

    Kevin Sears

    About Kevin Sears

    Kevin Sears is a bathroom and interior design blogger here at 34 St John. He creates original content utilising his extensive knowledge of the bathroom industry and latest trends.

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