Parasite, the award-winning Korean movie that took the world by storm, introduced us to an in-depth look at modern Korean interior architecture. By combining traditional elements with a sense of modernity in the furniture and accent pieces, it opened our eyes to a different view of Korean interiors that encapsulated minimalism while portraying a lavish atmosphere. In this article, we’ll share some tips and tricks on how to level up your interior space and ride the K-Wave.


The ‘Parasite’ House featured on IndieWire

The movie provides a first-hand look at the minimalist nature of Korean interiors that makes full use of open space and full-length windows to introduce light. There is also a huge emphasis on the overall functionality and harmony of the interior. A huge part of this boils down to the use of light wood, a common material used in Korean interior design. When paired with natural light, these two components enhance the space to make it feel and look fresher and airier.


Inside the ‘Parasite’ House featured on Architectural Digest

Another point to note would be the intentional exclusion of bold colours. Colour schemes are kept to a neutral palette with the use of whites, greys, yellows, and browns to complement the light wood. In the Parasite house, greys were used extensively to reflect the mood of the movie.


That said, a splash of bold colours can be used to accentuate the Korean flair in the interior. Introducing pops of contrasting colours on your walls, carpentry or upholstery would also make a statement that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Korean interiors also often contain quirky and retro décor pieces that serve as a focal point. Be it vintage radios, light stands, or vinyl record players, they can be found in many Korean inspired interiors.


Daybed and Sofa designed by Hyung Suk Cho featured on Dezeen

Because of the simplicity of minimalistic Korean interior styles, versatility of the select pieces of furniture, especially in smaller spaces, is essential; think storage spaces hidden below the sofa or a magazine rack nestled within an armrest. Adding and removing furniture and accent pieces should also be done with as little hassle as possible. That’s why the Korean interior style works exceptionally well for smaller establishments — especially for a city with limited space like Singapore.


While there are many interior styles and themes that leave us spoilt for choice, the Korean modern interior looks like it’s here to stay, especially with its versatility to suit both big and small spaces. If you’re planning a Korean-themed space, or require unique custom-built furniture to suit such a space, get in touch with our award-winning team here for a free consultation!

13 August 2021