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5 Different Scandinavian Looks 20 Beautiful Singapore Homes

5 Different Scandinavian Looks 20 Beautiful Singapore Homes 5 Different Scandinavian Looks 20 Beautiful Singapore Homes

Opt for all-white furnishings from floor to ceiling to give your home that minimalist and sleek look.

There are plenty of angles to approach Scandinavian home design from. At the end of the day, your home remodeling project will be your unique reinvention of Scandinavian design. All you need is a little creativity.

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Love the clean aesthetics of Scandinavian-style homes? To incorporate this home trend into your own living space, you’ll need functional yet stylish furniture, unique decor pieces and lots of natural elements. A light colour palette is preferred too, but as you’ll see in the gallery below, darker hues can sometimes work wonders.

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The homeowners also wanted more storage so the designers built a feature wall complete with compartments framed with white powdercoated steel.

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Building on a foundation of classic Scandinavian design elements, a home can be given a modern touch with stylized furniture to update the space for the 21st century.

For the master bedroom, the homeowners requested a walk-in wardrobe and open-concept bathroom. The bedroom design is kept pared down, to draw attention to the master bathroom. The vanity extends out to maximise the space in the room.

Throw in light woody accents and some house plants to create a natural feel that’s right up Scandi-alley.

The patterned wall facing the balcony is vinyl wallpaper from Korea. It brings visual interest and helps demarcate different areas of the home. The brown marble flooring came with the unit when the owners bought it. 

They also opted for an open-concept kitchen. A weathered wood-look laminate was chosen for the cabinetry here, to lend it a rustic and industrial touch.

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For the living room of this four-room HDB flat, the designers chose wood-look flooring and customised the TV feature wall with a material of the similar shade. Backlit lights sets the ambience, and adds warmth to the cosy space.

vii. Check out this classically Scandinavian space.The white walls coupled with wood on the floors. What really elevates the look of this home is the use of contemporary furniture and fittings. Especially the seats in the living room with their slender legs and the sharp dining table that is stylishly functional.

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To ensure a uniform look throughout, the colour palette remains consistent across various parts of the home. For an eye-catching feature, the wall behind the bed is cladded in mosaic tiles to showcase an intricate display of patterns.

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Then, continue the rustic theme throughout the home. (Notice how these homes modernise the dining area by having different types of seats? Dining chairs and a bench are a contemporary way to style a dining table.)

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Thoughtful and simple open shelves are perfect for bringing in the homeowner’s personality!

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Unlike the living area, the bedrooms feature light walnut vinyl flooring. The designers proposed this soothing shade of blue-grey as one of the colours for the apartment’s Scandinavian theme, and it’s perfect for creating a restful bedroom. 

Storage cabinets stretch from the entrance foyer to the living/dining area. Instead of keeping the walls plain, the couple decided to dress it up with an abstract artwork that frames the dining area effectively too.

Colour comes in the form of textiles (like the yellow cushions, patterned dining chair) as well as light fixtures (the pendant lamp).

Most of the furniture and fixtures in the home come in a neutral colour palette including brown, white and grey, but the homeowners wanted an eye-catching statement in the living room and chose a bright yellow sofa to bring in the cheerful vibe.

Here’s another view of the dining area. Perfect for hosting, right?

This 1,200sqf three-bedroom apartment in Corals at Keppel Bay condominium took five weeks to renovate and cost $45,000. The couple who live here wanted a Scandinavian-style home dominated by light wood. One of their concerns was the short TV wall, which was not proportionate to the sofa wall facing it. The interior designers thus created a chevron-patterned feature wall that visually extended the TV wall, which also has a hidden door that leads to the bedrooms. 

With white walls and light grey furnishings, as well as non-tinted windows, the home has light and bright spaces, personalised with accessories. The weathered wood ladder and jute carpet add a rustic charm, while the potted plants introduce nature to the living room.

Interior Designer: Fuse Concept Location: Segar Road (HDB) Cost of renovation for entire house: $50,000

x. This home really takes the use of wood to another level; it’s beautifully used on the floors, doors, cabinets and a striking floor to ceiling headboard in the master bedroom. Of course we can also see the use of contemporary furniture, with an attention grabbing green area rug in the living room, continuing onto glass paned rooms with dark frames on doorways for an industrial look.

The homeownersʼ toy collection takes pride of place at the entrance foyer, where the designer has created a built-in display comprising wooden niches set within a white wall of storage cabinets. These create a focal point against the white canvas, welcoming visitors into the home.

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Nordic blue was chosen for the cabinetry, a deep, soothing shade that greets the eyes when you step into the home. White quartz for the countertop enhances the blue and makes it more prominent. Much detailing also went into the design of the kitchen – from the way the top-hung cabinets have been designed to accommodate potted plants, to the suspended stainless steel rack, which gives a dose of industrial chic.

ii. Start with white walls and even a white floor. Layer upon layer seems to have been added in this home by borrowing ideas from a variety of design concepts – with retro furnishings, an exposed brick wall for an industrial touch and eye catching splashes of color in the details all around.

Patterned tiles on the floor help demarcate the kitchen space.

Design: Three-D Conceptwerke, Source: Home & Decor Singapore

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Interior Designer: Oakthree Studios Location: Punggol (HDB) Cost of renovation for entire house: $35,000

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This home has a bit of a studio vibe, with a raised living room floor and unique light fixtures (i.e. the track lights and tripod-style floor lamp). A smoky grey wall gives a bit of raw, unfinished texture that’s deliberately cool.

The black lines are an unexpected modern touch, but kept classy and stylish with simple and functional pieces.

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Keep furniture practical yet stylish. Sheer curtains let more light into the living area while providing some privacy, which is great for small homes.

viii. Alternating white walls with dark grey ones is a great way to contemporize a home’s look. Once again this home is also furnished in bold modern furniture, with those attention grabbing chairs around the dining table in loud primary colors.

iii. A home with simple white walls can be elevated with chic treatments with light wood-toned furniture. Being the only two major design elements used, they set the home in harmony as you move from room to room.

Home to a couple in their 30s, this 1,300 sqf five-room HDB resale apartment in Bishan has a trendy look and casual vibe with a light-coloured palette of wood and grey. 

With the walls between the kitchen and living room hacked, more light streams into both spaces. When the homeowners invite guests over, there’s lots of space for them to gather around and hang out at, too, including this bar counter area.

But you also want your home to reflect who you are, and be designed to suit your lifestyle and enjoyments. Create a cosy floor space with a rug and some cushions if you like spending time there.

Lots of warm lighting and textures create a comfortable environment to live in. To keep with the Scandinavian style, opt for clean, functional furniture and throw in an unexpected stylish element (in this case, the cluster of pendant lights).

The same subway tiles on the backsplash were used in the bathroom, along with black hexagonal tiles for flooring (both from Hafary). The brass tones of a vintage-style, wallmounted shower ordered off Chinese shopping site Taobao make for a nice contrast against the clean palette.

iv. This home draws our attention from the sheer walls that creates a sense of continuity and almost seem to add space to rooms.

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This lovely Tampines home incorporates lots of neutral tones and grey-hued soft furnishings to give off a relaxing, serene atmosphere. From the curtains to the area rug and high-backed sofa, the collective mood here is peaceful and modern.

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The use of wood furniture is a great way to draw cues to the Scandinavian theme for your home. However the use of the same woods on floors and even wall surfaces can really transform a home.

The bedroom is sleek and minimalist, from the seamless design of the wardrobe, to the dressing table and bedside niche. Despite the small space here, the designer was able to accommodate everything that the couple needed while keeping to the renovation budget of $30,000.

The unique old-world chandelier and patterned tablecloth somehow fit in perfectly into an otherwise rather modern interior and plain white colour scheme.

Taking advantage of the space available next to the bomb shelter, a study nook was created and tucked cosily at this corner. This way, it allows more space for the adjacent living room too.

Like the rest of the home, the living room is predominantly white with brown accents contributed by the sofa and coffee table from Kuhl Home. One wall in the dining area has been cladded with grey concrete-look tiles to provide a spot of contrast and to better define the seamless space.

Rustic furnishings and a touch of greenery give this simple Scandinavian-style apartment a homey atmosphere.

The rustic-chic look takes over again in the master bathroom. A rectangular mirror comes thoughtfully designed with a built-in niche for displaying toiletries and sprays.

Interior Designer: Dezzo Location: Kim Tian (HDB) Cost of renovation for entire house: $42,000

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Their dining area is kept space-efficient by creating a dining bench built into the wall. Lights are from Luminor Lighting and furniture from Ethnicraft. Mismatched dining chairs lend a modern and casual yet sophisticated vibe.

Dark wood-look laminate is chosen for the TV console, which offers just enough display area for the homeowners’ collection of knick knacks. Backlit lights add to the warm ambience in the space.

For this four-room HDB BTO apartment at The Pinnacle @ Duxton, the homeowners wanted a Scandi-industrial style. A faux brick wall adds character to the living room space while lending a raw look. Mirrors clad the walls to visually enlarge the space, while concealing storage.

The entrance area has many practical features, such as a full-length mirror and storage unit where household knick-knacks can be held for before leaving and entering the house. 

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The wood accented-dining set lends a touch of rustic chic and warmth to the interior. Unconventionally bigger tiles help create a sense of spaciousness.

The minimal home design isn’t necessarily the lack of, but rather doing more with less. Often a solitary element is repeated across rooms for a unifying effect.

Scandinavian home design’s mantra is anchored in simplicity, minimalism and functionality. When you build on these fundamentals, there are endless possibilities to tweak and discover a Scandinavian home design to suit your personality best. Here are our 5 takes on Scandinavian home design, with secondary cues, that are sure to set your home apart.

To brighten up the interiors and make the home appear more spacious, interior designer Terence used a light palette characteristic of a Scandi style, while taking advantage of the natural light penetrating the apartment interiors. 

Text: Home and Decor Singapore and Qanvast / Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew

The master bedroom assumes a “heavier” tone, with grey as the dominant colour – it also reflects the ash-grey shade found on all the doors of the house.

A vibrant red fridge is the focal point of this kitchen (as it should be), while the patterned tiled floor is a simple but stylish touch.

For the master bedroom, keep the headboard simple but interesting. You don’t need lots of fancy furniture for a cosy sleeping area.

The open-concept kitchen has a monochromatic colour scheme, which the homeowners decorated with pops of colours like green and red with plants and kitchen accessories respectively.

Interior Designer: Habit LLP Location: Eunos (HDB) Cost of renovation for entire house: $57,500

Design: Space Define Interior, Source: Home & Decor Singapore

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The last of our approaches, is for the home owners who are most adventurous with their décor ideas. Take classic elements from the Scandinavian home design book and add pages from other design approaches to create a look that borderline on breaking rules. When this is thoughtfully done, the overall creates a home with great breadth of character.

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i. Our first example is a great way to start off. Notice how this home boasts solid white walls throughout, with contrasting dark electrical fixtures on the ceilings. The home’s character is boosted with the use of large central pieces of furniture in otherwise bare rooms. We especially adore that bold red couch in the living room set atop an unfinished floor.

Black steel bars on the backsplash allow the homeowners to display cups and cooking utensils in a stylish manner.

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Even in the bedroom. Balance the woody look with a solid colour, like dark grey (or light grey!).

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Use lots of light-coloured pieces to brighten up your home. A white ceiling fan and lightings blend well into the ceiling, creating the illusion of more space.

The desk and shelves in the study are clad in white laminate with plywood finishes. An existing niche in the home has been cleverly turned into a bookshelf.

For the kitchen, the homeowner opted for a clean, uncluttered kitchen island while keeping with the neutral colour scheme. This method really opens up the space and brings in more light to what would otherwise be a tiny kitchen and dining area. Patterned bar stools add a pop of colour!

viiii. Start with white walls and add layers to a home by borrowing ideas from a variety of design concepts – with retro furnishings, dark woody furniture, and eye catching splashes of color in the details all around.

v. Dark wood panels on the walls of the living room and kitchen are in stark contrast to the pale wood flooring used in the study room. Even with furniture of various styles used, the home really ties in together as a result of the wooden surfaces used across.

One of the highlights of the open- concept kitchen is the Moroccan floor tiling that stands out against the white compressed marble flooring in the living and dining rooms. The wall tiles and kitchen cabinets are all white, but Terence skilfully integrated touches of wood with the open wall shelves.

The secondary design cues, you will notice, are not alien elements to the primary. They are in most instances a tasteful exaggeration of one element that help the home heighten its primary character.

What’s unique about this home is the dark mocha-coloured floor that instantly makes the space super cosy. The feature wall adds interesting texture to the living area, and the decor is kept neat with simple themed wall art.

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The master bathroom is kept simple, with wainscoted doors for the full-height wardrobe here.

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Part of the brief was also to create an open-concept kitchen. The wall between the kitchen and living room was hacked, with an island now sitting between the spaces. White subway tiles frame the kitchen area.

When used as accent colours, red, yellow and blue help liven up a neutral interior and bring a fun vibe to the home without going overboard.

In the kitchen, vibrant blue paint paired with white subway tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern are a fun, yet chic, contrast against the sleek grey cabinetry, which was made with laminated solid plywood. 

vi. While white walls are the classic choice for the Scandinavian themed home, dark walls mixed with gentle grey ones also draw from the colour palette available to us. Again, to bring the rooms together, mixtures of dark and pale woods are used here on the floors and furniture.

Interior Designer: Project File Location: Tanglin (HDB) Cost of renovation for entire house: $75,000

For a bit of rustic elegance, opt for textured wood panels. Scandinavian design is also uncluttered and clean, so think of hidden storage that blends into the walls.

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Interior Designer: Space Matters Location: Simei Street (HDB) Cost of renovation for entire house: $75,000

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The kitchen has a darker colour palette, comprising of black and wood tones. Click here to see more chic dark kitchens!

A white brick wall facade brightens up and injects personality into the living room.

The kitchen, however, was given a more minimalist monochromatic look to make it look clean (as a kitchen should be!) A brick-style tile backsplash helps jazz it up a bit.

The sliding door to the bathroom also makes this master bedroom look bigger.

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A chalkboard wall adds a fun, personal touch to the kitchen space!

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This five-room HDB BTO home was designed to look like a Scandinavian-style cafe-inspired home. The young couple engaged the help of interior design firm Fineline, who suggested a palette of white and wood-look finishes for a warm ambience yet bright interior.

This spacious Mutiara Crest condo showcases lots of electicism grounded with Scandinavian-style colour palette. Vintage treasure chest for a coffee table? Check. Traditional wall molding? Check. Vintage-style armchairs? Definitely check!

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