It’s undeniable how prominent mid-century modern has remained over the years, and a lot of that stems from the ideals, pieces, and inspirations of Danish design. The country’s take on the classic Scandinavian style we tend to stereotype has remained a perennial favorite—but it’s not as simple as adding a wooden accent and calling it a day. As these interiors prove, Danish style is diverse, cool, and built off incorporating a roster of timeless pieces and dressing them up in modern ways.
Whether you’re seeking to go full-scale or just looking for ways to incorporate a Series 7 or Egg chair into a room, here’s how to go about doing it.
Proof that the velvet sofa trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere? It’s Scandi It Girl-approved. Blogger Hanna Stefansson’s Copenhagen apartment is full of beautiful little nooks like this one, which feature one key investment piece anchoring an otherwise eclectic collection of vintage goodies.
Soft, Nordic neutrals already hint at a Danish schematic, but the wishbone chairs really seal the deal in this dining room. Plus, how cool is that statement light pendant for adding an unexpected twist to the pared back space?
This Danish cafe is inspiring us to overhaul our gallery wall. Tiny, color-coordinated frames seemingly thrown together in no particular order make for quite the statement. Head over to your local Goodwill or flea market, pick up an assortment of cheap frames, and spray paint them to the color palette of your liking.
An airy, California-casual space gets filled up by a light wood table and wishbone chairs, but doesn’t feel heavy. The slate hanging pendants also have a nod toward Danish sensibilities.
While the entire vibe of this reading nook is ‘60s, the chrome pendant light and chair (a modern interpretation on a Danish design) help lead you to that conclusion. Also, that fireplace.
Souvanni Asmussen’s home is evidence that the minimalism Scandinavian homes are known for doesn’t equal coldness. The artist’s cool dining room alone is a lesson in dressing up whitewashed walls and seemingly simple wooden furniture with pops of color via artwork (a task which we acquiesce is significantly easier when the homeowner in question is a talented artist) and bright red chairs.
This gorgeous dining room is the perfect example of how one singular Danish modern piece can help bring together an eclectic, contemporary room.
You don’t have to have specific pieces to have it qualify as Danish-inspired—a neutral palate with clean lines and purposeful furniture works, too.
Vibrant color meets classic mid-century pieces in jewelry designer Orit Elhanati’s Copenhagen abode. Take a cue from the Danes and don’t be afraid to eschew a color palette altogether—instead, mix and match your favorite hues any way you like. A whitewashed base helps keep the color from overwhelming the bright and airy space.
A deep velvet Beetle chair helps anchor this adorable nook, while the light and bright woodwork and paint help keep the natural light a focus of the space.
This Cuba lounge chair is just one of several mid-century Danish modern pieces in this room, but it’s certainly the most unique.
Okay full disclosure: We’re not sure how comfy Copenhagen-based blogger Marie Jedig’s metal chair is, but it’s definitely a unique design moment. Jedig’s entire Instagram feed embodies the effortless cool factor of scandinavian style and her home is no exception. Metal accents, mod photography, and a funky assortment of decor (is that a gold potted plant?) make for a fun space that’s stylish without taking itself too seriously.
Again, it doesn’t have to be a particular piece of furniture to count as a mid-century room–the lines of this living space alone take us back to that era.
Pretty subway tile white walls, and simple black framing help offset this lovely, simple light wood dining table.
Here’s how you do personalized yet period-specific right: Take one part mid-century (split back sofa) and two parts character (paintings and rug) and mash them together for a stylish room you can call all your own.
This dining space is definitely mid-century Danish, but the one yellow chair hints at a playful spirit. Looks like the Danes are already on board with the mismatched dining room chair trend.
You don’t have to go straight neutrals for it to feel Danish–these pink tones help bring personality into a penthouse dining space.
Even in the smallest of spaces, you can add a little Danish design, simply through a chair like this Series 7 one.
Mid-century wood and starburst lighting is complemented by a Danish split-back sofa.
Mid-century seating and furniture work in this apartment space, but the special light fixture is providing all the personality here.
This story was originally published on August 23, 2016. It has been updated with new information.
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