How To Create A Cosy Scandinavian-Style HDB Flat

Be inspired by this apartment's marriage of unique hues and clever spatial design that gives it a harmonious and comfortable look and feel

Trying to combine Scandinavian-style interiors with Eastern influences of harmony and balance may not sound like it could work, but this modern and cosy 645-sqf HDB flat in Tiong Bahru is proof that it does. Working with interior designer Ken Lee of Space Matters and a fengshui master, homeowner Carole Chow wanted her home to be a comfortable and airy space to relax in, which also encourages balance through the use of colours.

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Carole likes to jazz up her Boconcept fabric sofa with colourful, printed cushions. The rattan chair is a memento from her childhood home.

To achieve this, Ken created a quintessential Scandinavian look for the home. In the living room, he installed vinyl floor strips in a birch wood tone, and full height veneer panels in white ash wood – part of the overall $60,000 renovation cost. These elements balance out the strong colours used in each room – which were recommended by the geomancer – and also made the home airy and spacious.