It's not very hard to notice that everywhere you go these days, you inevitably come across homes or commercial establishments which are decked out in white-washed bricks walls, exposed ceilings and dangling lighting cables. Throw in some rugged light colour wood and Eames chairs for good measure.
Indeed, it is quite the unexpected trend that, despite our nation's love for all brands France and Italy where fashion is concerned, we have (strangely) absorbed the Scandinavian look into our abodes wholeheartedly. I can't stop asking myself lately how and when exactly did Singaporeans fall in love with this style. Is it because people are starting to realise that an authentic and simple approach to decorating, as opposed to a swanky, polished look which is popular just years earlier, is beauty in itself? Is this the natural progression from the always popular contemporary style? Or is this another effect of the mighty influence of interior design magazines and websites again?
Fact is, I really do not know if this is all just a fad. For an example, look no further than the crystal chandelier, the must-have accessory everybody (well, almost) has to own at home less than a decade ago. I think the main point here when deciding on the Scandinavian theme - or in fact any design styles - is to really understand one's personal style and not give in to the temptation of recreating the same décor which impressed you in a friend's house, a decoration magazine or even a café just a week before. Otherwise, you'll grow out of the look sooner than you settle the renovation bills!
In the meantime, if you are a keen lover of the Scandinavian or Nordic style, I have this lovely blog which is beautifully written and stuffed full of lived-in interior photography to share. Enjoy...