For my latest Scandi home tour, I’m sharing this beautiful loft apartment. If you love Scandinavian decor, you will fall in love with this space as it has so much to inspire us and lots of ideas to steal too.
There is sometimes a tendency to decorate loft apartments in an ultra modern, stripped back style. But not in this space. Here the natural light, the bright white colour, the materials used and the exposed beams all create a space that is so special.
This is a large apartment measuring approximately 1600 sq ft (149sqm) and has three bedrooms. While there is so much to love throughout the space, that open plan living/dining/kitchen is what steals the show for me. This apartment, though spacious, does have challenges being a loft with all the low and slanted ceilings. But it’s the way in which the character of the loft has been incorporated in to the decor that makes it work so well.
Maximising natural light is key to Scandinavian decor as they have so much darkness throughout the year. No matter where you live though, maximising natural light is always a good idea because it has health benefits as well as decor benefits. Here there are rooflights throughout the home which lets in all the light and looks great in this loft space. While we can’t all buy a rooflight for our home, we can do a lot of things to get more natural light.
There is another standout factor here which is an idea we can all steal. That is the abundant use of different neutral toned textures throughout this home. We have different stones, wood, linen, rattan, jute and so much more. Adding texture to a home is such a key element of Scandi interiors – you’ll rarely see a Scandinavian home without texture. Also the exposed dark wood beams look great against the white walls and provide a nice contrast to the light wood floors.
Although it can be challenging to decorate in a space where the walls are low and angled, this living space really comes together because it is entirely open plan. The kitchen is in the middle of the open plan space with the bright, airy living room on one side and the dining room on the other. This layout is really practical too as both living and dining rooms have easy access to the kitchen.
Speaking of the kitchen, I love how older styles have been mixed with modern. You’ve got an old fashioned oven – probably an original feature – along side a much more modern kitchen. There’s the lovely contrast of light and dark wood in here and that exposed brick wall that’s been painted white adds to the character of this space.
As you can see the main bedroom has very low ceilings at one end. Taking this in to account, the bedroom has been decorated to maximise the space with the bed under the lower parts of the ceiling. I also love the position of the desk just under that roof window – a great spot for working and also a great use for the space.
While the sloping ceilings and exposed beams add a lot of character, they are very angular. To soften this, the black arch mirror is the perfect addition, with the roundness creating a contrast to the straight lines. You’ve also got the rounded chair and circular stool which all add to the contrast. It’s always a good idea to contrast angular/straight decor with softer curved elements to bring balance and prevent it from looking too harsh.
In addition to the master bedroom, there are two more bedrooms — a kids room and a spare room. Both of these rooms continue with the decor style of the rest of the home, keeping the colour scheme the same, the use of lots of texture, natural light and contrasting wood tones. In addition all the rooms have empty floor space. This makes any space feel bigger and brighter, no matter how big or small. It gives a room breathing space if you like. And it’s something the Scandi’s always manage to incorporate in to their homes even if they’re tiny.
The spare bedroom is quite awkward shaped due to the sloping ceilings. But once again, they have made the most of the space – I love the cosy little nook they’ve created where the ceilings are really low. It’s such an inviting space to relax, read or play some games.
The last space I want to share from this apartment is the entryway. I love the contrast of the marble floor against the warm wood. Also marble is so practical as it’s easier to clean when you walk in with dirty shoes.
This loft apartment is just stunning, don’t you think?
All photos via Alvhem.