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Scandinavian Interior Design - 5 Guidelines To Follow

When it comes to Scandinavian, simplicity is key. Design by minimalism and functionality, more and more Singaporean homeowners are beginning to adopt this Nordic style because of its understated elegance captured with minimal materials. Besides its focus on minimal ornamentation and emphasis on functionality, the design movement is also marked by the use of natural lighting, muted tones, and natural materials. Feel crowded out by the concrete jungle of Singapore? Then the Scandinavian approach was made just for you.


With as little as seven hours of daylight in winter, the way natural lighting is maximised is paramount to Scandinavian interior design. It can be achieved by keeping window treatments to a bare minimum, but if you must cover your windows, opt for light fabrics like sheer curtains instead. You can also use modern, industrial-style lights such as pendant lamps or wall sconces to provide adequate lighting.

Clean Lines and Functionality

Clean lines and silhouettes are evident in Scandinavian furniture. It’s also characterised by its functional use of space so it’s typical to see a Scandinavian home devoid of bulky furniture that can make it look cluttered and small. Instead, it leans toward the use of slender furniture items that occupy less space.

Neutral Colours

A Scandinavian interior feature not only restrained silhouettes but colours as well. It’s generally associated with a neutral palette that includes the hues of whites, greys, browns, and blacks. So, when adopting a Scandinavian theme, focus on the use of these subdued colours to create a clean and serene effect you’re after.

Warm Textiles

The use of warm textiles is also common for Scandinavian homes. Accessorising with wool, mohair, or sheepskin is a great way to make any space feel cosy while still keeping a minimalist flair. Just make sure to opt for neutral tones or natural textures like jute or burlap.


Completing the look of a Scandinavian home are indoor plants and fresh flowers. Interior designers that specialise in Scandinavian interior design in Singapore see incorporating plants in the overall look as a great way to connect the indoor and outdoor environments.

Using these six elements as a guide, you too can pull off a Scandinavian-inspired home that reflects the beauty of the true Scandinavian interior design. Our interior design services at Fineline Design can help you use this guide so your place can look in this style too!


At Dreamakers Interior we believe that every space has the potential to become unique, harmonial and beautiful. We are proud of what we do and are prepared to work overtime to guarantee that you are satisfied with the way your space looks. From full-scale projects to small renovations, we invite you to take a look at our gallery and see what we have done. Below are some of our favorite projects. If you need professional help for design conceptualization or space planning, let us know

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