12 Design Commandments We Learned From Cool Scandinavian Homes

Scandinavians are to the interior design world what French girls are to fashion: They have a distinct, effortless sense of style that exudes cool. I'd long been an admirer of Scandinavian design but hadn't realized how well it translates into real life until a trip to Sweden and Denmark last year. The aesthetic doesn't just photograph well—it's also incredibly inviting and comfortable. Vintage raw wood chairs aren't too precious to sit on, the neutral color palette reflects natural light, and collected objects tell a story of the owner's past and present. It's a style of decorating that focuses on a home's inhabitants, perhaps the reason it'll never truly go out of style.

Whether you're interested in redecorating your home or just making a few seasonal updates, there are a number of lessons to learn from Scandinavian design. Ahead, we turn to Fantastic Frank, a décor-focused brokerage company, to discover the decorating rules that define Stockholm's coolest homes. Consider these design commandments your cheat sheet to enviably cool Scandinavian design.