Minimalist Scandinavian interior design is a great way to make a small apartment like HDB look bigger and more open. By using clean lines and simple furnishings, you can create a spacious and serene environment that is perfect for relaxing or entertaining guests.

Top 3 minimalist Scandinavian interior design principles

If you are looking for ways to save space in your small apartment, consider using some of these minimalist Scandinavian interior design principles below. With a few strategic changes, you can transform your cramped quarters into a stylish and inviting home.

#1: Functionality is key

One of the most important aspects of minimalist Scandinavian interior design is functionality. In a small space, it is especially important to choose furniture and fixtures that serve multiple purposes.

For example, an ottoman can double as a coffee table or a footrest, while a console table can be used as a dining table or a desk. Likewise, invest in pieces that can be easily reconfigured to suit your changing needs. A sofa that converts into a bed is perfect for overnight guests, while a nesting coffee table can be pulled out when you need extra surface space.

Castlery Wayne Ottoman in living room

Wayne Ottoman by Castlery
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#2: Keep it simple and timeless

Another key element of minimalist Scandinavian interior design is simplicity. Avoid clutter by choosing only a few essential pieces of furniture and accessorising sparingly. Opt for quality over quantity, and choose timeless designs that won't go out of style. Minimalist Scandinavian interior design is all about creating a calm and orderly environment, so keep your colour palette neutral and your furnishings clean and uncluttered.

Noden Scandinavian wood dining table and chairs

Image credit: Noden

#3: Incorporate Scandinavian-inspired soft furnishing and decor

If you want to add a personal touch to your minimalist Scandinavian interior design, consider incorporating some Scandinavian-inspired details. Add some cozy throws and pillows in soft wool fabrics, or hang some vintage posters on the walls. Even simple changes like these can give your space a distinctly Scandinavian feel.

Fortytwo tribal print throw in grey

Image credit: fortytwo

Wallpapers which go well with Minimalist Scandinavian look

With a little creativity and some careful planning, you can enjoy all the benefits of minimalist Scandinavian interior design without breaking the bank. One possible way is to incorporate wallpapers that are simple, neutral or minimalistic. Here are some of our top picks!

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #1:
Herringbone Strokes

If you’re looking for a twist on the usual herringbone design, this black and white herringbone strokes wallpaper is for you. The modest strokes pair well with most interior colour schemes while still creating an interesting new feature.

Herringbone Strokes Wallpaper in kitchen

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Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #2:

This tongue groove design is a classic, timeless and versatile piece. It can be applied to top, bottom, or the entire wall. When it is applied on either the top or bottom, it creates a panelling like effect which is gorgeous.

Shiplap wallpaper in bedroom

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Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #3:
Geometric Hex

This Geometric Pattern Wallpaper Design is the perfect addition to a modern, stylish decor, and goes well with wood furnishings as seen in the bedroom below.

Geometric Hex Wallpaper in Bedroom

Featured image: Geometric Hex Wallpaper

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #4:
Fishbone Lines

This versatile design would be a fresh choice from the classic herringbone pattern and adds a sense of luxury when paired with natural furnishings.

Fishbone Lines Wallpaper in Dining Room

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Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #5:
Pulse of Passion

This wallpaper features wide strokes of the brush without hesitation, and goes well with the neutral colour palette (grey, white, black) as well as a mixture of natural materials (wood and metal) as seen in the living room below.

Pulse of Passion in White wallpaper in living room

Featured image: Pulse of Passion Wallpaper in White

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #6:
Teira Stripes

You can never go wrong with stripes, which is such a simple yet versatile design! Here’s an example of how you can pair stripes with Scandinavian-inspired wall art and a mixture of wood and metal furnishing in a dining room.

Teira Stripes Wallpaper in Blue in dining room

Featured image: Teira Stripes Wallpaper in Blue

No matter what your personal style may be, striped wallpaper is a timeless design that can easily be incorporated into any space. Check out our full collection of striped wallpapers.

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #7:
Classic Chevron

If you're looking to achieve a scandinavian interior look, one of the simplest ways to do so is by incorporating a classic herringbone pattern into your design. This timeless pattern makes it easy to incorporate scandinavian-inspired décor items to achieve the scandinavian style you've been dreaming of.


Classic Chevron, Wallpaper


Featured: Classic Chevron Wallpaper

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #8:

Scandinavian style is widely admired for its sleek, minimalist aesthetic. By adding elements such as a subtle patterned wallpaper and light-coloured wood furniture, it helps to create a warm and inviting Scandinavian-inspired space effortlessly.


Lunar, Wallpaper

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Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #9: Geometric Panorama

The scandinavian interior design style is characterized by a light and airy aesthetic. The colour palette is typically very neutral, with whites and light woods predominating. Although scandinavian design is often associated with minimalism, there is usually a touch of warmth provided by a few well-chosen accessories.

Geometric Panaroma WallpaperFeatured: Geometric Panaroma Wallpaper

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #10: Watercolour Foliage

The key to achieving the Scandinavian look is to use patterned wallpaper sparingly, allowing them to add a touch of interest without overwhelming the space. With its clean lines and simple elegance, Scandinavian design is the perfect way to create a calm and inviting home.

Watercolour Foliage by Olivia Wallpaper in Grey

Featured: Watercolour Foliage by Oliva Wallpaper in Grey

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #11: Checkerboard

Achieving Scandinavian style in your home can be as simple as making a few strategic changes. Light coloured wood furniture and subtle wallpaper are two of the most important elements. For furniture, look for pieces made of birch or ash. And for wallpaper, choose patterns that are delicate and understated. With these small changes, you can create a Scandinavian-inspired space that is both stylish and inviting.


Checkerboard, Wallpaper


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Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #12: Rustic White Panels

If you're looking to make a statement without too much fuss, white wallpapers featuring rustic panels provide a great solution for minimalist Scandinavian designs. The bright white palette can easily help to open up the space and create an overall calming atmosphere.


Rustic White Panels Wallpaper


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Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #13: Hardwood Panels

Hardwood panel wallpapers are a wonderful way to add a touch of Scandinavian minimalism to your home. Not only do they look chic, but they also offer an easy way to bring natural materials into the space without having to install real hardwood panels. This type of wallpaper looks gorgeous in modern homes, adding warmth and character with its organic materials.

Hardwood Panels Wallpaper

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Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #14: Offcut Shapes

Add a touch of modern sophistication and charm to any living area with this wallpaper featuring abstract offcut shapes to achieve minimalist Scandinavian interior look effortlessly! A play of light and shadow gives this design a clean, monotone aesthetic while the abstract shapes add fluid lines to give a sense of flow in the space.

Offcut Shapes WallpaperFeatured: Offcut Shapes Wallpaper

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #15: Shiplap Horizontal

The Shiplap Horizontal Wallpaper from Hello Circus is a fantastic choice for embracing Scandinavian design principles. With its light and natural wood tones, this wallpaper brings warmth and texture to any room. The horizontal plank pattern creates a sense of continuity and adds a touch of rustic charm. Whether you want to transform your living room, bedroom, or home office, this wallpaper effortlessly brings a cosy and inviting atmosphere to your space.

Shiplap Horizontal Wallpaper in White

Featured: Shiplap Horizontal Wallpaper in White

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #16: Graphic Hills

For those who appreciate a more modern touch, the Graphic Hills Wallpaper by Hello Circus is a captivating option. This wallpaper features a contemporary geometric design with overlapping hills, reminiscent of Scandinavian landscapes. The subdued colour palette, including soft blues and greys, exudes tranquillity and calmness. The clean lines and minimalistic approach of this wallpaper make it a perfect addition to any Scandinavian-inspired room, adding visual interest and a subtle focal point.

Graphic Hills WallpaperFeatured: Graphic Hills Wallpaper

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #17: Herringbone by Sophie

The Herringbone by Sophie Wallpaper is a stunning choice for adding a touch of elegance to your Scandinavian interior. With its intricate herringbone pattern, this wallpaper creates a sense of movement and sophistication. The soft grey tones effortlessly blend with the minimalist aesthetic, while the subtle texture adds depth and interest to your walls. Whether you want to transform your living room, dining area, or hallway, this wallpaper brings a timeless charm to your space, complementing the Scandinavian design principles beautifully.

Stella Arch Geometric WallpaperFeatured: Stella Arch Geometric Wallpaper

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #18: Brush

For those seeking a more artistic and expressive wallpaper, the Brush Wallpaper is a remarkable option. The brushstroke design adds a touch of creativity and modernity to your Scandinavian-inspired room. The soft pastel shades, including blush pinks and muted greys, create a soothing and calming ambiance. This wallpaper is a perfect choice for a feature wall or an accent area, adding a subtle pop of colour and artistic flair to your space while maintaining the overall minimalist aesthetic.

Brush WallpaperFeatured: Brush Wallpaper

Minimalist Scandinavian wallpaper design #19: Stella Arch

The Stella Arch Geometric Wallpaper is a captivating choice for those who appreciate geometric patterns in their Scandinavian interior. The interlocking arches create a sense of depth and visual intrigue. The monochromatic color palette, featuring shades of grey and white, perfectly complements the clean lines and simplicity of Scandinavian design. This wallpaper is ideal for creating a focal point in your living room, bedroom, or home office, offering a contemporary twist to the minimalist aesthetic while maintaining a harmonious and balanced look.

Stella Arch Geometric WallpaperFeatured: Stella Arch Geometric Wallpaper

Conclusion: Quick checklist to achieve the minimalist Scandinavian look

  1. Minimalist Scandinavian design is all about simplicity, so keep your furniture and decor choices minimal. 
  2. Stick to a neutral colour palette when it comes to paint and fabrics. This will help create an airy and spacious feel in your home.
  3. Use natural light as much as possible to brighten up the space. 
  4. Incorporate natural materials such as wood and stone for a warm and inviting feel. 
  5. Use furniture and decor with clean lines for a modern look. 
  6. Finally, add in some personal touches to make the space your own.

With these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to creating the perfect minimalist Scandinavian interior design for your HDB home. For more wallpaper inspiration, check out our Scandinavian wallpaper collection! Good luck!

Why choose Hello Circus’ wallpapers?

We understand your wall comes in different shapes and sizes. Each wallpaper is therefore customised to the dimensions of your wall, making each wallpaper unique to your home. We also sell by per meter square (Height x Width x Unit Price) and not by rolls so that you only pay for what you need for your wall.

Check out our guide on how to measure your wall for wallpaper!

Benefits of our wallpapers

  • High Quality: Our wallpapers are printed on high quality non-woven paper in factories with the highest standards from Europe. They are reinforced with nylon fibres to make the wallpaper stable and resilient.
  • Matte and non-reflective: Our non woven wallpapers are coated with soft and non-reflective matte finishing.
  • Safe and non-toxic: Our products are printed using stain resistant, VOC-free (Volatile Organic Compounds) inks on breathable, PVC (Polymerizing Vinyl Chloride) free paper. This ensures that your family and more importantly, your kids are not exposed to toxic chemicals which are usually present in traditional paint and wallpapers, all of which may have harmful health effects. 
  • Antimicrobial Protection
  • Wallpaper washability: All our wallpapers are washable, meaning that their surface is resistant to damage, and any domestic dirt or water stains can be wiped with a damp cloth or sponge.
  • Resistant to colour fading: Our production technology is designed to ensure optimum resistance to colour fading.
  • Fire resilient: Our wallpapers are fire rated in accordance with EN ISO 11925-2.

Read more about our wallpaper materials.

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July 19, 2022 — Daphnie Teo


vividkreations said:

I love the simple and cozy vibes of Scandinavian interior design! The clean lines and neutral colors make any space feel so inviting. Plus, those wallpapers are gorgeous! They add a pop of personality without overwhelming the minimalist aesthetic. Can’t wait to try out some of these ideas in my own home!

Right Angle Developers said:

Love the minimalist Scandinavian interior design ideas! Your blog provides a wealth of inspiration for creating stylish, cozy spaces.

paulscreationids said:

Love the simplicity and elegance of Scandinavian interior design showcased in this blog! From clean lines to cozy textures, it’s the perfect inspiration for creating a calming oasis in my HDB home. Excited to incorporate some of these minimalist yet inviting ideas into my own space!

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