With the opening of the first-ever IKEA in the Philippines, by now we’re all familiar with Scandinavian interiors. A lot of us have fallen in love with its clean and minimalist aesthetics coupled with functional and practical sensibilities.

Boiled down to its core, the Scandinavian interior design style boasts of simple lines, muted colors, no clutter, and the use of light wood. There will be an abundance of neutrals, sure, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have hues with character too. Avoid blindingly white interiors and inject a little liveliness to your space with these Scandinavian-inspired cheery paint colors.

Chill Greens and Blues

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It’s a chaotic, gray world out there. And Scandinavian interiors feel airier, cleaner, and more organized in comparison. It may be one of the reasons you chose it for your home as you’re aiming for that peaceful and refreshing feel once you step indoors. Greens and blues are perfect for this as they imbue a sense of serenity and calm.

When picking colors for your Scandi home, subdued tones, like the ones above, are great beginner-friendly picks. Remember, vibrant colors can appear even more so when next to a lot of white and neutrals. When used without much thought, they can easily seem out of place in Scandinavian interiors. So, if you’re just beginning to stretch your home decorating skills, it might help to first stick with what’s tried-and-tested.

Mellow Yellows

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A space can feel cold with a lot of stark white around. Too much of it and you can start feeling fidgety in a space. Like an unwanted guest in your own home, you can’t properly relax and get comfortable. When this happens, introduce a warm color to the space. Warm colors, like yellow, bring in coziness and, well… warmth! It’s like sitting by a campfire on a chilly night in Baguio.

Yellow also does a good job of making a space feel cheerier. It’s a joyful color so if a happy home is what you’re aiming for, you can’t go wrong with yellow. You can even experiment with more bold yellows when used sparingly as accents.

Pleasant Pinks

Happily Scandi: Cheery Paint Colors for Bright and Airy Interiors | MyBoysen

Pastels are trendy these days and the clamor for pink never really went away. Right, millennials? For lovers of this blushing hue, this mood board is for you. These muted pinks are warming and welcoming colors. They give you that wash of positivity and good vibes when you’re around them. Pinks, after all, are said to lower aggression and foster a sense of ease.

The toned-down pinks can be used as wall paint color for areas like bathrooms and bedrooms. Pink is a gender-neutral color. Both boys and girls can like it so don’t worry about placing it in common areas of the home.

Where You Can Get These Colors

You’ll be able to get all the colors above as paint for your home at The Color Library—a concept store by Boysen found just a few steps from IKEA. So, after having your fill Scandinavian inspo, you can head straight to the store to find paint that can match your peg.

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The colors above are part of a collection of over 90 Scandinavian-inspired shades. The Color Library’s friendly Color Consultants will happily show them to you when you visit so don’t hesitate to ask. They’ll also be the ones to mix whatever paint color you take a liking to. It will come as Virtuoso Silk Touch, Boysen’s low-odor, low-VOC, easy-clean interior paint that dries in a luxurious matte finish.

Learn more about The Color Library here: The Color Library FAQs. You can also check out The Color Library tag to see all the blog posts about it including this one: A Guide to the Colorbooks.

Now, time for fika (the Swedish equivalent of the Pinoy merienda!) before we get painting. If you liked this blog post, consider subscribing to the Let It B newsletter to keep updated on whatever we’re up to here at MyBoysen.com.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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