This Scandinavian apartment in Alvhem of Ale Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden quickly caught my eye. I don’t like to admit it, but as a Swede myself, even I find myself sometimes buying into the cliché that all Swedish design is stark and minimal. I love finding examples of homes that dispute that design misconception; I may be Scandinavian, but I love color- particularly pink!
Would you have ever guessed that this apartment is in Sweden if I hadn’t told you? I wouldn’t have known at first glance. The first thing you probably noticed about this room is that the walls are not painted white; instead the walls are covered in a beautiful pale pink floral wallpaper. The room is not devoid of white, however; the white trim, curtains, and floors give this room the brightness you’d expect in a Swedish space.
European homes notoriously lack the abundant closet space that many Americans are accustomed to, but these home owners have installed metal clips on their bedroom wall to display the clothes they plan to wear for the day. In homes with limited closet space, clothes are often displayed openly like art instead of hidden in storage.
The same shade of pink continues onto the walls of the living room although the floral wallpaper is replaced by pink paint with a subtle diamond pattern. The stenciling on the walls adds a beautiful contrast to the pattern-less black and white furniture. Perhaps the only connections you can make to Ikea would be the furniture and decor. The high pile white shag rug looks very similar to one I admired at Ikea recently in fact.
If you’re not familiar with Sweden or its culture, you’re probably confused why there is a French print on the wall; it’s not quite the same as purchasing a similar print from Etsy in the US. Although Swedish is the country’s official language, English is compulsory in most schools, and many Swedes are also required to learn one or two more languages- usually French, German, or Spanish.
Here’s another great example of open storage. Shelves are built in for shoes, and a rack is built in to hang clothing. In this space, the walls are covered in a beautiful complementing dark green floral wallpaper.
This is the closest we’ve come to white walls this far, but the wallpaper trend continues with a beautiful white striped pattern with a bit of sheen. The shabby chic white bench, high gloss black table, and ghost chair sound like a strange combination, but oddly enough, this little nook tells a cozy story of design over time.
The kitchen is the only room of this apartment that’s primarily white, but remember, the wall parallel to the sink is covered with the white striped wallpaper. When you have a view like that, why would you take away from the windows by filling the room with color?
What do you think of this colorful take on Scandinavian style?