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12 scandi-style paint colors to sample right now

Minimalist house exterior/Photography: Andrew Pogue/A Seattle-area home designed by Wittman Estes is inspired by Norway's famed Juvet Landscape Hotel.

Minimalism, functionality, and a reverence for nature are a few of the key pillars of Scandinavian design, a movement that took hold in Nordic countries in the early 20th century. The style's go-to hues are neutral but warm, and letting other design elements (think: natural wood and nature-facing windows) take the lead.

By now, we all know the Danish and Norwegian word "hygge," that cuddly word that conveys both comfort and contentment. But how do you achieve the feeling with a decor tool as practical as, say, paint samples?

A Scandinavian inspired table and chairs/Photography: Andrew Pogue/A Scandinavian-inspired workroom designed by Wittman Estes for a Seattle-area family home.

Here, we've rounded up a few of our favorite hues that embody the Scandi spirit—all drawing influence from this Seattle-area family home designed by architect Matt Wittman of Wittman Estes. Inspired by the Juvet Landscape Hotel, where glass walls in each room offer expansive views of its remote location on Norway’s northwest coast, this stateside home offers a chic American take on Scandi design principles.

A Scandinavian style bedroom/Photography: Andrew Pogue/Sherwin-Williams's Snowbound paint appears in the home's serene primary bedroom.

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Need more inspo? Look to renowned Danish Modern architect Finn Juhl's home for clues, with hues to inspire like white and gray (the exterior render color of his brick home) and pale yellow walls within; the historic house of Knud Erik Hansen, of Carl Hansen & Søn, a third-generation Danish furnituremaker; and the work of Swedish architect-interior designer Greta Magnusson-Grossman, a largely unsung female hero of the movement. Found your next inspirational image? Use our ColorMatch tool to match it to 5 perfectly paired paint samples.

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Get sampling! Shop our favorite paint samples—and one special nature-inspired mural!—to get a taste of hygge at home.

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