Looking for room colour ideas? We have a few. Thus, we bet you’ve come across the stunning Scandinavian colour palette, or those bright and airy interiors with plenty of classy whites and greys that inspire you to renovate your own home. 
When it comes to the modern architecture in Singapore, the Scandinavian colour scheme proves to be a popular option. In fact, we spoke to Livspace designer Johan Chong for tips to perfect Scandinavian wall paint colours in your HDB or condo. Here are some helpful inputs that you’re sure to love.

Colours Used for a Minimal Scandinavian Design

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A colour palette with common Scandinavian colours

Here are some room colour ideas that you must consider for achieving the Scandinavian look:

  • Walnut wood
  • Dark grey
  • Slate grey
  • Pistachio green
  • Dust pink

Johan says, “A colour combination of white, beige, grey and wood makes up the Scandinavian style that’s trending today”.

The Scandinavian interior colour palette isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it goes beyond that. It solves many design problems.

  • When your home is surrounded by high rise buildings blocking any natural light that can enter the home, the Scandinavian wall colours help to create a bright and airy environment. 
  • Neutral colours help you focus on quality more than colours and patterns. They promote the idea of buying better while buying less. Scandinavian design is all about easy and uncomplicated living.
  • Decorating or redecorating a Scandinavian home is a creative delight. Mixing and matching existing furniture and colours can create Nordic, modern, contemporary and even mid-century styles.

Here’s How You can Add These Room Colour Ideas for each room

#1: Colour Ideas for Living Room

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Use whites and greys for the base colour

So, if you’d like to explore colour ideas for the living room in a renovated home, check this living room. In this living room, cool-toned greys, light wooden accents and a coat of fresh white paint become the canvas for the Scandinavian colour scheme.

To Add a Pop of Colour in Living Rooms

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Bright yellow adds a contrast to the design

If you’re looking for more colour ideas for the living room, here’s an idea! Add a bit of  contemporary style to your living room. Additionally, keep true to the colour scheme and add a pop of colour in the form of upholstery and cushions.

#2: Colour Recommendations for Bedroom

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Keep a grey bedroom stunning with wooden finishes

Livspace designer, William Chong has got us swooning over this monochromatic scheme. This beautifully basic bedroom is dressed in layered greys and only greys. Moreover, the sleek design comes from dark wooden accents and grey furnishing.

For a splash of Colours in Bedroom

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The deep shade of blue livens up this bedroom

Similarly, this compact bedroom is ruled by warm wooden furniture. The walls have a clean, white base, which is a classic Scandinavian colour palette.  However, the deep shade of blue on the wall above the bed becomes an eye-catching element that adds life to the space.  Not a fan of the navy blue? Here are other bedroom colours ideas that were popular in 2021.

#3: Room Colour Ideas for Dining Room

Keep the furniture minimal for a Scandinavian colour scheme

This dining room’s wall colour ideas fit well with the Scandinavian theme. The pastel blue walls are complemented by the white table and grey dining chairs.The striking art hanging on the wall also lends greatly to the aesthetic of this space. Moreover, the flowers bring a personal touch to any room you decorate. 

For a Pop of Colour in Dining Rooms

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Visual breaks act as accents on a base Scandinavian wall colour

For some people, keeping it simple is the best option when it comes to room colour ideas. An uncluttered dining experience is the ultimate goal for a dining room of this style. However, you can always switch it up with artwork and paintings for a visual break in the design.

#4: Colour Recommendations for Kids Bedrooms

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Pastel green is a soft colour for kids bedroom

Johan suggests opting for gender-neutral room colour ideas like white for a nursery or baby’s room. You can also switch out the most common gender neutral colours like yellow with a pastel green as it implies growth and well-being.

Get a Pop of Colours in Kids Bedrooms

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Accommodate multiple soft shades in your kids room

While sticking to Scandinavian wall paint colours for kids, you can always opt for pinks and blues. Johan recommends, “For children above 5 years, you can let them choose their favourite colour as it’s fun to involve them in the colour selection process”.

#5: Room Colour Ideas for kitchen

The yellow in this kitchen acts as a pop colour

A kitchen must always be functional, safe and convenient to use and a Scandinavian design is your best bet to achieve it! Reigning over these room colour ideas are warm wood tones for the cabinets and a white countertop. Opt for a medium shade of wooden laminate in order to prevent discolouration.

Here’s How You Can Add a Pop of Colour to Your Scandinavian Interior Color Palette Kitchen

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Hanging plants and a pop of colour add character to this wood kitchen

If you feel like your kitchen lacks a pop, you can add life into the kitchen by painting a wall in the colour of your choice or adding plants to it. Ensure that the wooden accents and cabinets overpower other elements to keep true to the design style.

#6: Colour Recommendations for Study Rooms

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Keep the distractions at minimal in the study room with design and colour

If there’s one room that requires an uncluttered, clean and minimal design, it’s the study room. Here we’ve kept the furniture as minimal as possible while incorporating room colour ideas like white and adding light wooden flooring.

For a Pop of Colour in Study Rooms

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Pair wooden furnishing with light blue walls for the perfect combination

Adding a pop in the Scandinavian colour palette can be done by keeping the furniture the same and adding a pastel of light blue wall to the mix. Opt for light wood or white cabinets for that minimalist feel.

#7: Room Colour Ideas for Foyers

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Warm moody lights go together the best with a Scandinavian colour scheme

Typically, Scandinavian furniture has rectilinear designs, a low profile and is  made of wood or other natural materials. This is a design language that works perfectly in narrow or compact rooms, such as the hallway or foyer. Here the minimalist shoe cabinet and slim-lined seating constitutes the major furniture. Both being in light-wood colours.

Make Your Foyers Bright with a Splash of Colour

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Pick a subtle Scandinavian wall colour for your foyer

Want to minimise clutter? Swap out all your furniture for an accent wall instead. Yes! An accent wall for a narrow or compact foyer might just be the one thing your home needs. However, make sure the room colour ideas you pick are pastel shades that complement and set the tone of the entire house design.

Do’s and Don’ts to follow for a Scandinavian Colour Scheme


  • Keep the room colour ideas in a bigger picture along with furniture and accessories.
  • Stick to the essentials and incorporate minimalism and simplicity in every element.
  • Find creativity in Wabi-Sabi by adding handcrafted, vintage or local furniture and accessories.
  • Pick lighter tones of wood like oak and ash with a similar grain or pattern.


  • For room colour ideas, create a contrast. However, avoid complicating the colour scheme by adding too many colours, especially deep-toned colours.
  • Wood plays a major role in adding warmth to a Scandinavian interior colour palette. However, do not mix and match wood colours in the same design.
  • Similar to wood, do not mix and match patterns. Stick to two or three patterns and no more.

If you enjoyed reading this and want to know about a similar design, take a look at Design Your Home Like a Minimalist.

Send in your thoughts and suggestions at editor.sg@livspace.com.

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