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.
History & Philosophy of the Scandinavian Style
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!)
Now that we have covered the basics, let’s take a closer look at the different subtypes of Scandinavian styles!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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