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Scandinavian Styles for the Living Room

Scandinavian Styles for the Living Room

The Scandinavian style is arguably one of Singapore’s most popular interior design themes, and it is immeasurably easy to see why. Simple, functional and yet utterly gorgeous, the Scandinavian style is timeless at its core and is here to stay. If you wish to take this beautiful style into your living room, you have come to the right place! In this article, we will revisit the history of Scandinavian design, list the various elements of the Scandinavian style and explore hybrid styles that use the Scandinavian theme as a base.  

 

Scandinavian Styles for Living Room

 

History & Philosophy of the Scandinavian Style

 

  • The Scandinavian style became well known in the 1930s within five Nordic countries. The term was coined at a design show and soon travelled across the seas within the next two decades.
  • The style made an emphasis on the simplistic ways of living while using nature as a source for inspiration. ‘Minimalistic’, ‘clean lines’ and ‘sustainable’ were the terms that surrounded this particular theme.
  • The goal of Scandinavian design is to improve daily life. There is a large emphasis on how the various pieces of furniture relate to objects of daily use, such as dishes and silverware. This explains why the term ‘functional’ is often used to describe Scandinavian furniture.  
  • Famous designers in the mid 20th century that helped to pioneer this movement are Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner. Borge Mogensen. Finn Juhl and many more.
  • In modern times, the concepts of Scandinavian design, such as simplicity, beauty and utility, has pervaded other industries, such as the smartphone market. For example, doesn’t Apple’s Iphone remind you of the key concepts in Scandinavian design?

 

Scandinavian Styles for Living Room

 

Key Elements of Scandinavian Design

 

To achieve the Scandinavian look, here are some quick tips on how you can dress up your living room! (Take heed though, these are guidelines and not absolute rules!)

 

  • Avoid Carpeting – Covering your entire floor with carpeting is a generally ill-advised. Instead, wooden planks that are naturally light in tone or covered in a layer of white oil is recommended. Some suggestions for the former are beech, fir, pine and oak. However, if you think having something comforting beneath your toes is a must, dressing up your floor with rugs is also an option. As a bonus, it potentially adds a pop of colour into your living room!
  • White Walls – Winters in Scandinavia countries are known to be long, harsh and dark. To combat this and to bring brightness into one’s home, gallery-white walls are often used. If a stretch of wall is determined to be too bare, wall accessories can always be used to add a bit of flair. (That rhymes!)    
  • Light & Muted Tones –  In a similar vein, the furniture pieces and accessories tend to possess neutral shades. These colours are varying shades of whites, cool greys and blacks. If you find this too boring for you, you can always go bohemian instead. For this, look at the next section!
  • Natural Wood & Greens – Wood is an abundant resource in Scandinavian countries. It stands to reason that it is taken into Scandinavian homes as well. It can be found on the floor, walls and on the furniture. Then, to bring one’s home even closer to nature, potted plants adorned with fresh green leaves can be used to decorate shelves and tabletops.
  • Maximising Light – Homeowners should also pick sheer or translucent curtains for their windows as it makes best use of natural light.
  • Clean Lines – Note that the every element in a Scandinavian living room is straightforward. There are no hidden, intricate carvings or elaborate cornices that distracts you from the room’s overall look. For more elaborate pieces of furniture, such as those with curved silhouettes, designers have strived to keep them as simple and clean as possible.
  • Decluttered – Scandinavian homes of the past are often small and do not have the space for much stuff. While times have changed and homes have grown in size since, this element of Scandinavian design remains ever so present. An uncluttered space promotes and airy atmosphere and a sense of openness that makes homeowners feel good as well.  
  • Functional Scandinavian furniture pieces are often functional. For example, sofas can be transformed into sofa beds and coffee tables have hidden storage spaces beneath their tabletops.

 

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s take a closer look at the different subtypes of Scandinavian styles!

 

 

Scandinavian Styles for Living Room

Bohemian – Scandinavian

 

The Bohemian and Scandinavian themes are complete opposites. Maximalism, well worn furniture and colorful patterned fabrics are just a few of what characterises this style that people with old souls love. The ultimate goal for such a hybrid is a look of organised chaos, one that evokes a sense of tranquility and warmth. As a theme, it is perfect for dynamic personalities who love to play with colour contrasts. The white and neutral shades found in Scandinavian design will form the ideal base while homeowners go wild with the colourful and fun but sophisticated decorations.  If you desire a home that looks bright, lived-in, and is full of heart, then the Bohemian – Scandinavian style is most assuredly the way to go.   

 

Scandinavian Styles for Living Room

 

The Hannah Sofa in white leather (or fabric) would be perfect for a Bohemian – Scandinavian living room. With an open end, it also allows for easy lounging. For added functionality and intriguing lines, choose the Mariposa Coffee Table. Its slim legs will contrast well with the chunkier pieces that surround it. And of course, we mustn’t forget rugs – a key feature in Bohemian households. A Maya Rug, with its ethic flamboyance, will take the design of your living room to a new level. It also matches well with the aforementioned pieces. Next, we have the Posea Bench, which will find its home next to a wall or a bigger piece of furniture. Its gorgeous colours will easily draw your eyes in. Last but certainly not least, we have the upholstered Form Chair, an award-winning design which offers clean lines and exquisite comfort. If you decide to go with the unupholstered version, I’ll recommend throwing a sheep skin rug over it to complete the look!    

 

Scandinavian Styles for Living Room

Industrial – Scandinavian

 

Industrial design is one that bares it all. What other styles seek to hide, industrial design puts it all on display. Mechanical elements, such as exposed pipes, beams and ducts are common sights in such homes. Other possibilities include brick walls and concrete floorings. When brought together, this gives the home an overall ‘unfinished’ and edgy feel.

 

Now, what happens when you mix this raw style with Scandinavian design? When done well, intriguing interactions between the two styles will emerge. For example, industrial design typically makes use of dark elements such as black electrical fixtures. This, placed against a white and neutral palette, offers a gorgeous visual contrast. The dual emphasis on simplicity and clarity from both styles also makes it easy to maintain, which is ideal for busy Singaporean families.  

 

Scandinavian Styles for Living Room

 

Having difficulties achieving the Industrial-Scandinavian look? Let us be of assistance! The Scandinavia Sofa and Saga Armchair in dark shades and slim metallic legs will be perfect for such a home. Then, to help bring out a sense of ‘rawness’ in the living room, choose the Symbiosis Coffee Table. It is made of oak, marble and possesses twisted lacquered legs. This perfectly represents the harmony found in Industrial-Scandinavian design. For lighting, choose the popular Amp Pendant lights by Normann Copenhagen. These lampshades offer a peculiar balance between transparent and opaque, allowing us to view the beauty within.  As for storage solutions, I recommend the Viva Sideboard as it stands out well against an exposed brick wall.   

 

 

Scandinavian Styles for Living Room

Vintage – Scandinavian

 

Are you one of those who cannot part with their family’s vintage furniture? Or simply someone who feels displaced in modern times? Then perhaps this is the style you seek. The vintage style, as its name suggests, is all about the past. Homes that adopt this look often evoke a sense of nostalgia. Naturally, the furniture pieces found there are usually fully capable of taking you and your guests a walk through history. When mixed together with the Scandinavian style, it offers a fascinating visual effect. For example, a piece of vintage furniture in a sleek, clean space breaks the flow of modern elements, creating intrigue.

 

Achieving a balance between the two is not hard as vintage furniture tends to fit well onto a Scandinavian palette. This is largely due to how the Scandinavian style opens up opportunities to play with various colours and textures.

 

Scandinavian Styles for Living Room

 

Seeking modern pieces that possess a vintage feel? Here are our top recommendations! First, we have the Clinker Sideboard, which will be ideal perch for your vintage accessories. The Tuck In Arm Chair and Onkel Sofa will go nicely in a vintage setting as well. As a bonus, they provide an immeasurable amount of comfort. The Input Coffee Table, while functional, has been bestowed with slim legs commonly seen in vintage furniture. Finally, we have the Piper Pendant Lamp, which is made from gorgeous antique brass.

 

Hungry for more information? Let us know what know what your dream Scandinavian home in Singapore is like and we’ll gladly be of assistance!   

 

Last Updated: 17/4/18

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