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5 Simple and Achievable Scandinavian Apartment Designs

Light, modern and minimalistic, Scandinavian design is almost the buzz word of the past few years. With the rise of IKEA and antiques that are quirky yet translatable to the modern day, it isn’t hard to see why. Light, white spaces are backgrounded by easy-to-clean and easy-to-complement wooden surfaces, while hunger-inducing reds and oranges spice up the mix. Adaptable to many tastes and accommodating differing personal touches, Scandinavian design offers versatility as well as flair. These five apartments, often from non-Western corners of the world, show how well the style of Scandinavia can stretch. Characterful, non-fussy and smart, they each offer an inspiration of their own.

Visualizer: Sachin Mahajan & Maggi Samir  

Our first apartment shows how Scandinavian structure can incorporate other trends – in this case, bold monochromes. The living and dining room spaces fuse these together nicely. White leather couches and school chairs mingle with a solid black table and sofa chair. Identical hanging lights and almost-identical prints take turns in polarised colours. Hints of green and a wood stack let nature shine.

Textures make play on closer inspection. A marble living room table is both black and white, matching the wall lamp fixtures. White lamps dotted around the room bring in honeycomb and geometric patterns. Chrome and wooden elements hark back to Scandinavian origins.

A proliferation of the same shapes keeps thematic continuity. Two square black inlets house wood blocks and candles, while wall art takes the same form. The curve of the dining room chairs mimic curved wall lights. Golden candlesticks break the mould.

Visualizer: Roman Shepet  

A second space in Krasnodar, Russia, brings more colours into play. An easy-to-maintain space, greys and beiges dominate as much as wooden elements. The central lounge and dining area bathes itself in white wood, letting soft greys and browns do the talking. Stencil bookcases alternate to the rear in black and white, while a beige woollen rug grounds the design.

From the kitchen, earthier tones come into play. Scrumptious brick reds expose themselves in the kitchen, with wooden benches and a table to settle them. Table chairs in light brown plastic add modernity, while a white-framed enclave invites from the more-muted living room.

A study hides downstairs with simple wooden features. A rough-shod wooden bookcase looks natural paired with a different-wood desk and cow-hide chair. LED lights make the space modern, much like the glass-and-iron ore lights in the kitchen.

Visualizer: Lê Hoàng Nhật Nam  

A Scandinavian backdrop is the perfect canvas for a character apartment. Tailored hues, feature elements and a wider colour range work together in this apartment, while retaining simplicity. In the living room, a pea green wall holds a metal shelf behind a grey couch and wicker cane chair. Wooden floors, tables, shelving and doors are sparked by Mediterranean plants. A cow hide rug adds focus.

Rectangular framing snapshots the art of everyday life. In the living room, a steel rectangular frame watches visitors as they watch TV. The dining area boxes books in steel frames too, while square sliding doors let light into the space. A round-lit hanging chandelier adds the unique, and mis-matching chairs the different.

A proliferation of interesting lights guide the space. In the kitchen, hanging metal lights dangle at different lengths, while the dining room hosts the chandelier. Wall-mounted camera lights stay suspiciously on the ceiling, matching the metal bookcase. Met with natural light from the sliding doors, the space affords a lighter view while letting fixtures have their say.

The kitchen, on closer inspection, ties in the rest of the room. A bold triangular wallpaper mirrors the subtle geometric pattern textured on the silver entrance wall. Hanging lights are matched by steel-framed stools. Inset marble tiling and colourful leaning pictures add colour to a space to bind them all.

Visualizer: Monika Statkiewicz  

Love words and pictures? This space combines the two, in a Scandinavian feel. Trademark white walls in the living room are met with gingham bean bags and spider lights in this lounge, while an inspirational quote centres the wall. Black and white features play off one another in large lettering, moustache cushions and a solid black table. A grey couch on zigzagged wooden flooring sets the stage.

The kitchen offers a place to create words, on a chalkboard wall. Exposed brick holds bold black features in a modern grandfather clock, TV and shelving. An almost-black kitchen ties in the same wood patterning as the floor.

Lighter tones decorate the bedroom, which fades into shades of grey. A gingham duvet mirrors the beanbag in the lounge, while hexagonal wall motifs make their way across the room. A chalkboard question mark breaks the white wall, referring to the chalkboard wall in the kitchen.

Visualizer: Matas Miciulis  

A multicultural apartment can also use a Scandinavian influence. Our last apartment’s lounge, decorated with a Persian rug, papier mache light and Japanese prints, lets simple white walls and wooden fixtures ground its eclecticism. Simple black standing lamps and chairs keep it modern.

The kitchen, muted in white and beige, allows the living room to hero the space. All-white cabinetry and walls, coupled with tiled inlet fixtures, sit next to a roaring fireplace that takes up the wall panel beside. School chairs at the dining table make reference to the wooden floor.

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Modern Home Addition Extends out in Two Open Rooms

Modern Home Addition

The two spaces added to the back of this 1930s home in Phoenix seem to mirror one another on the outside.  This modern home addition by Chen + Suchart, called the Escobar Renovation, includes large open spaces, which are lacking in the original historic home.

On the left, the design team created a room that flows from a comfy sitting area to an open kitchen. From there, a sliding glass door opens up to a covered patio to enjoy dinners on nice days.

Covered Patio

Dinner can transform into a relaxing night outdoors as the temperature cools.  The design included a boxy fire pit in the back of the property, the perfect spot to relocate to after dinner.

At the end of the night, you are steps from the master suite, which is housed in the addition’s second room.  The bedroom features glass walls on multiple sides for an open feel that makes the most of Arizona’s sunshine.  [Photography by Matt Winquist and courtesy of dezeen magazine]

Glass Walls

Bedroom Lit

Two Open Rooms

Kitchen and Living Space

Inside LR and KT

1930s Front

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Luxury 3 Bedroom Apartment Design Under 2000 Square Feet (Includes 3D Floor Plan)

Sophisticated design is a term often used, and seldom achieved. This apartment in Chișinău, Moldova, is an example of a truly sophisticated apartment, artfully constructed. Commissioned by a young ambitious couple and designed by MUSA Studio, this 178 square metre space has all the elements and some added – an extra bedroom, library, wardrobe, storage and bathroom, in addition to the existing rooms. Using a charcoal palette and refined, opulent materials, this living quarters screams space while showing off the finer elements in life. Living walls, satin bedsheets, marble walls and flooring, and intricate art pieces coalesce in the opulent living room, the focal point of the space.

Entering into the living room, understated black cabinetry strikes the eye, peppered with abstract LED light fixtures. A charcoal leather chair and ottoman sit before a crafted bonsai and enamel tiger, artistic additions to the room. Low-lying lacquered tables break the black.

Backing on to a high-ceilinged window, charcoal leather sits beside a minimalistic library, designed for a 4m cubed stack of books. Perfectly framing each wall with an elegant stencil design, its white-bound bounty matches the lacquered white desk and buoyant circular lights.

Transitioning through the living room, additional features add everyday elegance. Round tables offering lilies reflect LED lights; grey-and-white rug textures mirror wall art; alternating black and white gothic panels line the room.

Free-standing panels form room partitions as the space transforms to a wardrobe, the black enamel tiger leading the way. Bonzai trees from the study appear in the living room, a segue and hint of nature in an apartment lapping up modern-day luxury.

Green elements dominate in the kitchen and living area. Living walls burst colour against lacquered Bordeaux-coloured cabinetry, adding warmth and taste to an area for eating. Charcoal cabinets clear the palette, while pots of green on the bench and through the window hark back to the wall of green.

Dining occurs afront backdrops of French-windowed cabinets, under another set of abstract lighting. Settling on a lined rug of wool, leather chairs lift the visitor to elevated tastebuds, while the moveable kitchen island accommodates more space.

A room for a future child inspires with a feature wall quote and anime bear motif, a sign of a couple well-travelled and aptly imaginative. A playful hammock swings beside turquoise satin cushions, French cabinetry and potted green. A suspended desk offers a place of quiet.

The spare bedroom alternates textures in a surprisingly understated way. Luxurious shagpile rugs and velvet headboards meet the visitor’s eye, as a playful chalkboard feature wall and thick-striped bedding proffers discerning patterns.

The master bedroom, wardrobe and ensuite offer a respite fit for an after-dinner soiree or pampered night at home. A living wall faces the side of the bed, joined by two cylindrical side tables and matching lamps. A walk-in wardrobe invites a place to sit and dress, while a woollen circle rug designates the place. Bonzai trees join the ensuite’s marbled floor, open plan with the rest of the space, to finish off a room contemporary, stylish and sensual in feel.

Each bedroom boasts a different elegance. The master bedroom hosts the living wall, resplendent in its luxury, while the guest room shows an artwork chalked on its side. The second guest room wows in silken bedding and matching cabinetry panels, while the children’s bedroom-in-waiting offers feature wall inspiration. Each space holds a desk area to contemplate and dress, a luxury usually afforded in hotels.

The bathroom and toilet complete the taste of luxury in top-to-toe, wall to ceiling marble fixtures. An ornate toilet shrouds mirrors in marble frames, while the bathroom leads towards a stand-alone bath astride a living wall. Opaque shower doors create a barely-visible sheen across a gleaming floor. White porcelain amenities and bauble lighting round off cold corners in a place to relax, refresh and revive.

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