Scandinavian design is renowned for its distinctively stylish yet cozy simplicity. Its perfect balance of functionality and minimalism are combined to create warm, practical homes with understated elegance. Looking around new homes and renovations, the Scandinavian aesthetic is becoming increasingly popular here in Singapore. If you’re thinking of incorporating a Scandinavian theme in your home, here’s a quick 5 step guide to creating the Northern European design in your home.
1. Lighten & Brighten
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Scandinavians are inspired by light, having little of it in winter, and homes tend to let in natural light and warmth in every part of the home.
While the Scandinavian bare windows are a little impractical for the scorching weather in Singapore, try keep your windows simple instead! Opt for simple sheer curtains or plain, light-coloured blinds that blends in with the minimal theme while helping to diffuse harsh light and heat. A common myth about Scandinavian style is that it’s all about white, but the real defining feature is light bouncing through the space to make the room look spacious and bright. This effect can be achieved with any light colour! Paint your walls in a lighter shade of your favourite colour to brighten your home and add a personalised touch. Furniture or flooring with glossy and reflective surfaces also help!
2. Natural Elements
Nature and the weather are great influences on the Scandinavian design, as such, natural elements feature extensively in their homes.
Warm up your home by incorporating natural materials and accessories. This could be by way of wooden furniture, flooring or window blinds. Light coloured timbers such as oak or beech add a touch of nature while keeping with the light & bright Scandi style. As the style is all about minimalism, simple leafy plants or cacti are often favoured over flowers.
3. Simple & Clutter Free
Less is more when it comes to Scandinavian style. Homes are simple, minimalist and clutter-free. Clear away any excessive decoration and keep the space organised. Clean & minimal should be your mantra when furniture shopping. While seemingly modest in appearance, quality is important! Look out for high-quality and long-lasting furniture and decor with fluid contours, organic shapes and solid colours.
4. Functional Furniture
While minding the distinctive Scandi aesthetic is key, functionality is equally important in Scandinavian interior design. While effortlessly stylish, Scandinavian homes are practical and liveable. Furniture should be simple, functional and fuss-free. Ones that double as storage space is ideal to stow away less aesthetically-pleasing belongings out of sight.
5. Pops of Colour
While plain and pared-back elements are a staple in Scandinavian design, you can inject more fun into the space with measured pops of colour. Keep them to accents with a few coloured decorative objects to add subtle interest, or introduce warmth and color through cushions, throws and rugs.