Scandinavian Design – How To Create This Style

Scandinavian designs have been the design for homeowners in recent years. Whether its renovating a new BTO flat, or updating an existing home to modern times, the trend has been to use and employ Scandinavian influence on the design of the home. It is very easy to see why this design is so attractive. With a clean façade, neat and tidy layouts and a relatively simple look, it seems easy to pull off with not too much effort. The product of this design is also easy on the eyes, comfortable and comely and has a warm touch to it. Blending together aspects of minimalism, post-modern contemporary design and rustic touches, its no wonder that this design appeals to so many all across the world.

So how exactly would you create this style? While it looks simple, it takes much more than just a simple trip down to Ikea to get all the items you need. At its very core, Scandinavian designs are based on three aspects, minimalism, functionality and palette. While there are a few more things to consider when creating this design, the very basis are from these three facets.


Originating from the 1950’s, the designs primary focus is on minimalistic living. It is important to have as little clutter as possible to achieve this design. Keep unsightly storage boxes, bags, coats and other items away, either in a cupboard or hidden in a store room. The key part of this is to make the room look as big as possible with the use of as much empty space as you can get. Start by decluttering your home and keeping all your loose items stored away until you need them. The clean façade keeps the home easy on the eyes and allows for better lighting, making the room and the home look even brighter.


While keeping to a minimalistic layout, make sure whatever you have laying around is functional, or used frequently. Another important part of this design is that the design is meant to be functional. That means no unnecessary furniture, shelves are meant to be used, and if something is out, it should have a purpose, and should be used rather frequently.

The most evident part for this would be the kitchen where it is very easy to fall into the trap of leaving appliances and utensils out and creating a mess. Using open shelves and hanging racks allows you to store all your items in a neat and aesthetic way, but also makes it such that you can easily get whatever you need (especially items you use often) without hassle. You can also use glass jars to store your ingredients like rice, pasta and spices, and keep these often-used ingredients on your open shelves. This adds to the design in a functional manner.

Colour Palette

Colour scheme is just as pivotal in dictating a Scandinavian design. The focus here is on the use of neutral colours. Originating from Nordic origins, the purpose of such a colour scheme was to compliment the use of indoor florescent lighting in the winter, as well as the natural sunlight during the summer and spring. This flexibility is perfect for Singapore where we rely on both natural sunlight, as well as indoor lighting, making sure your furniture looks perfect in all conditions. The neutral palette compliments the minimalistic nature of the design and keeps the home warm.

From the base neutral palette, you can add splashes of colour with some pastel options. From rugs, to chairs, to cushions, add some vibrancy to the design with these playful and exciting nodes, this would breathe life into your designs and prevent your home from getting too ‘boring’.

Wooden Tones

While not strictly essential in the construct of a Scandinavian inspired home, it is true that wooden tones (whether parquet flooring, full wood furniture, or wooden finishing) are very common in Scandinavian homes.

Even small things like the legs of coffee tables, knobs on drawers or woodgrain frames can all help add to the nature of the design, bringing the home back to nature.


Green, leafy plants are perfect in completing the Scandinavian look of the house. The streak of green adds life to the home, and can be quite a comfortable break from the neutral colours surrounding the house.

You can try using simple plants like Ficus Robusta (Rubber Plant), Philodendron or Sansevieeria Trifasciata (Mother-In-Law’s Tongue). These plants have thick succulent leaves, and are relatively easy to take care of, making it simple to keep them lush and green in your home.