How To Style Your Home With Danish Interior Design Trends

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Embrace your wanderlust! Our favourite Danish interior trends are easy to adapt in your own home.

We love discovering new places and embracing new styles. From Moroccan tile patterns to Japanese minimalism and everywhere in between, our beautiful globe has countless cultures to inspire us.

Taking interior design tips from Denmark and Scandinavia, we’ve put together this quick list of on-trend European styles for your home. No need to pack your suitcase! 😉

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Featured: Claude Pendant, Charcoal from Milk & Sugar. Shop pendant lights online at Zanui.

1. Nordic mid-century modern

Mid-century modern (or ‘retro’) is a style that just gets better and better with age. For the last few years, the retro look has been making a comeback. And it’s all thanks to Danish designers.

Nordic furniture designers are highlighting the oh-so-cool vibes of button-back upholstery, tapered legs in polished oak timber, and squared sofa shapes. We love it.

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Featured: Zesta Dining Chair, Seal (Set of 2) and Fergus White Rectangle Dining Table from Iniko. Shop dining room furniture online at Zanui.

2. Lighting that makes a statement

Drawing on French provincial’s flair for the dramatic and demure, we’re seeing a lot of feature lighting trending this season.

Think chandeliers, but also cork and concrete pendant lights and sculptural designs that make you (and your guests) say ‘wow’.

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Featured: Olive Table Lamp, Slate from Milk & Sugar. Shop table lamps online at Zanui.

3. Earthy terracotta and jewel tones

For a colour palette that has more organic character, we love the trend of terracotta – and we don’t mean the material!

An Italian-inspired trend adopted by Danish designers, terracotta tones are warm and antiquated, and work fantastically with pops of contrasting emerald or sapphire for a rich aesthetic.

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Featured: Braque Quilt Cover from Linen House. Shop quilt covers online at Zanui.

4. Back in black

Dramatic black furniture and décor was first found with an urban, New York metro vibe but has been picked up by Nordic designers to create stark contrasts.

Floor lamps, side tables and even leather-upholstered sofas look divine in the deepest black tone. Grounded and luxe = divine.

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Featured: Otto 3 Seater Right Chaise Lounge and Bastian Coffee Table, Natural from Zanui, and the Serenity Print Art and Solace Print Art from Art Club Concept on the Scandi Geo Knotted Cotton Rug, Black from Rug Culture.

5. The Danish idea of ‘Hygge’

By far our favourite current trend is the lifestyle concept of ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘who-geh’). While it isn’t really a design or fashion feature, it is about how we enjoy our homes and our lives.

Hygge doesn’t have a direct translation, but it’s that warm and happy feeling that you get when you enjoy the little things around you.

The feeling you get when you see that antique, heirloom vase you inherited; the feel of running your fingers through a plush, sheepskin rug; indulging in dinner and drinks with family and friends.

That’s hygge. And it’s our new favourite thing.

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Featured: Elemental Ash Paddle Board, Round and Caviar dinnerware from Maxwell & Williams. Shop tableware online at Zanui.

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Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.