You have to admit, it's always fascinating to look into the lives and living spaces of others. Whether you are wide-eyed and filled with inspiration, or green with envy, taking a tour around a house that you would ordinarily see only the exterior facade, is both exciting and exhilarating. What is it that people do differently? Can you see their personality in their design? Is their home on-trend and fashionable? Where do they get their ideas from? In most cases, fabulously styled homes are the work of an esteemed architecture or interior design company, showcasing the very best of their skills. Or, if you are lucky, you are one of the few who are blessed with a keen eye for detail, foresight, and decorating skills. Whatever your level of decorating expertise is, you will always have that
Wow! moment when you see a wonderfully decorated home.
Born and bread in Norway, Karin Singh, is well-versed in the ever popular Scandinavian style. Given that its in her blood, this comes as no surprise. Perfecting the art of the Nordic style relies on a few key elements. Material quality, clean lines, function, light and of course, minimalist furniture and accessories. Without further ado, let us take you on a tour of this stunning contemporary home in London.
The heart of every home, is of course, the kitchen. Adhering to the Scandinavian style, there is access to plenty of natural light, it has been designed with clean lines, and because of the elevated rangehood, there is no disruption to the line of sight. The material textures have been carefully considered, with steel, timber and polished white surfaces being displayed at their finest.
A muted colour palette is the hero of this living room. By utilising different shades of grey, the designer has cleverly created variance and balance for the viewer. No modern living room would be complete without polished timber floors, and in keeping with the Scandinavian spirit, their grain and material quality has been finished in such a way that the wood oozes with character and class. So as not to detract from the flooring, a simple, yet stylish rug covered the important section of the living room, ingeniously separating different sections of the room.
When getting ready, or washing up, a light filled bathroom is high on our wishlists. Given that apartment space is limited, Karin Singh has cleverly devised a way to separate and partition the laundry from the bathroom space. So as not to disturb such an open and sunlight saturated space, the partition is made of frosted glass blocks. This adds a necessary element of privacy, without sacrificing an inch of available sunshine.
The tiling work is also a marvel in itself. The navy blue on the floor, with complementing line on the wall, adds an important aura of serenity and calm. Sometimes, a white on white colour scheme can appear sterile and clinical. But with subtle additions, as pictured, the designer has created a fresh and inviting space.
Again, we can see that the colour palette has been respected. So as not to add another tone, the kitchen table is almost matching in shade to the floorboards. From the very last detail, this has been considered. The light fitting is a clean circular form, the chairs are simple in structure, and a cleverly laid out plan of strict geometry has been examined to ensure this small dining area feels spacious and open.
Lastly, but definitely not least, we see inside one bedroom. These daybeds are fantastic for both their storage capabilities and their function. A lack of space to store things like clothes and linen can be the bane of our modern lives. Very often, the space that the bed takes up is valuable space that is scarified. To include drawers in the base of the bed, adheres to the most important teaching of the modernist period—
Form ever follows function. As as you can see, this daybed in both its function and form is adds a visually stunning element to this space.
We hope you have enjoyed the tour through this marvellous Nordic styled apartment, and feel inspired to use your space and design skills in your next Scandinavian themed project!