This Upscale Scandinavian-Themed Apartment Is Designed With A Few Quirky Twists


When it comes to creating attention-grabbing homes, colours are a must-have as they create fantastic points of focus within any room. Such is the case in this two-bedroom EC studio apartment designed by interior firm Minimo & Minimology. With its eclectic chic design characterised by a myriad of different hues and textures, the home communicates its occupants’ unique sense of style.

Adjoining each other, both the living room’s and dining area’s design make use of vibrant decor to offset the clean lines of their surroundings, which comprise of light-grey walls as well as a beautiful marble floor. A bright blue-green fabric sofa and an accompanying pair of chestnut cushions brighten up the look of the living space with a pop of colour, whereas a cowhide rug adds a touch of much-needed warmth. The same applies to the living room with its trio of cosy bottle-shaped pendant lights and light oak furniture, which come together to create a homely feel.

To add some variety to the stretch of plain wall behind the TV console, thin wooden strips were inserted into a floor-to-ceiling recess to create a vertical feature that puts emphasis on the apartment’s high ceilings. For added visual contrast, dark grey laminates were chosen for a wall-hung TV console that shows off a sleek outline with its rounded corners. Meanwhile, artificial grass and rattan furniture in the balcony serve a similar purpose in breaking up the monotony of an otherwise stark space.

As avid readers, the owners requested for a cosy nook where they could escape into the pages of their favourite novels and their wish was fulfilled with a study that comes with a custom-designed bay window platform. Interesting add-ons, such as a pair of red-green weave stools and a zebra print rug create visual appeal within the room. Beyond physical appearances, the room also possesses practical fittings, which include a mixture of open and closed storage options as well as a pull-out bed beneath the platform, which allows the study to serve double-duty as a guest room.

Just like the study and the communal areas, a similar aesthetic can be found in the master bedroom whereby a mix of textiles and bold fittings is used to offset a simple background of light wooden surfaces and soothing neutrals. For instance, the inclusion of shaggy bedding and a pair of human figure table lamps add a quirky charm to the restrained surroundings.

Featuring a lengthy frame that houses a tall mirror, a customised vanity serves as a decorative flourish within the master bedroom. Apart from being a dressing up corner for the homeowners, the fixture also draws attention to the room’s height in a similar fashion to the living room’s feature wall. A Caesarstone countertop as well as a pair of lights were also included as part of the vanity’s construction, making it a truly personalised bedroom installation.

This was adapted from an article originally published in IdealHomes 2017. Photo credits: Minimo & Minimology