Using Monochrome for the Perfect Scandinavian Interior

An enduring classic in interior design, monochrome is a bold yet simple colour choice that effortlessly blends functionality with modernity, evoking a harmonious energy wherever it is used. It is its simplicity that allows monochrome to pair with the ever-popular Scandinavian style. Defined by its simplicity, it’s no mystery why monochrome and Scandinavian design pair so perfectly. We have already written about the Nordic trend here, but today we want to specifically talk about how you can use monochrome to achieve the perfect Scandinavian interior. 

Hygge Living

Sometimes considered cold and stark, monochrome colour schemes gain new life when combined with the hygge sensibilities of Scandinavian decor. Best described as the feeling of soft contentment when surrounded by loved ones and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, a sense of hygge is conveyed in Scandinavian design by way of layers of texture, warm lighting and plenty of candles. Texture can be added through thick blankets, fluffy pillows and of course, the perfect rug. In turn, when styling monochrome, it’s important to use texture to break up the monotony and add visual interest.

black and white monochrome rug with an abstract design
Louis De Poortere Mad Men Collection Griff Metro Black & White Rug (Click to Shop)

Simple Patterns

When choosing the perfect rug for your Scandi-monochrome interior, we recommend forgoing busy florals in favour of something more modern. Abstract and geometric designs are a firm favourite here at The Mad Men Griff Metro Rug by Louis De Poortere features soft strokes of grey and black, artfully meshing to create a distinct abstract design that will add interest and variation to the room. 

black monochrome rug with a traditional design
Louis De Poortere Fading World Medallion Mineral Black Rug (Click to Shop)

Another option is the Fading World Medallion rug by Louis De Poortere. Mimicking the appearance of vintage Persian rugs, this striking centrepiece features a distressed traditional design that will add both variation and interest. Composed of soft grey tones, it can be effortlessly incorporated into any room, easily conveying the harmonious atmosphere that both monochrome and Scandinavian interiors are well-known for.

The 60-30-10 Rule

Every monochrome room is different, with many designers recommending the 60-30-10 rule as a method of planning how the different tones will be dispersed throughout your interior. 60% of the room should comprise the main colour, encompassing the walls and large furniture, in turn, 30% should be regulated to the secondary colour, which includes any accent furnishings and textiles. The remaining 10% is normally used for the accent colour, normally incorporated through small accessories and textiles, such as throw pillows. 


Our two previous rug recommendations would suit an interior with the lightest tone as the main colour, and the darkest tone as the secondary colour. For interiors with dark walls and furnishings, the Eden rug would provide a wonderful contrast that will add life to the room. Featuring elegant carvings, the design is subtle enough to not overpower the interior, while still providing a much-needed tactile quality.


Feeling inspired to create your own Scandi-monochrome interior? Let us know in the comments!


You can browse our range of monochrome rugs on our website here. You can also visit us in our showroom in Cork, Ireland.

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