The best thing about Scandinavian home decor is that it’s so effortlessly simple yet so striking. With a little effort and attention to detail, anybody can recreate the look in their home. This apartment is a great example of simple yet striking decor.
The lack of space is never an excuse for having clutter in a Scandinavian home. This one bedroom apartment measures just 570 sq ft (53 sq m) and has a very small living area as well as a smallish bedroom. However it’s been decorated to make the best use of the small space without looking cluttered or too full.
It was this beautiful beige bedroom that first drew me to this apartment. Beige is such a calming colour for a bedroom. Apart from the colour, it’s the attention to detail that make this bedroom so stunning. There is feature lighting which is one of the keys to Scandinavian decor. You have lots of different textures like linen bedding, a shaggy rug, a cane chair, a fabric light and more. Texture is yet another key to Scandinavian decor as it brings a space together, adds warmth and is so aesthetically pleasing too. I love how they’ve kept the wardrobes in the corridor just outside the bedroom – this isn’t an option in every home but if you have the space, it’s a great idea. And there’s a simple desk area in front of the window which is practical and a great use of the space.
Not only is this living and dining room small but it’s also a long and narrow room which always makes it harder to get the layout to work. However they have used the space very cleverly here by opting for things like a round dining table and using one of the window sills as a bench. Also having the wall to wall rug makes the room appear wider than it actually is. Two small coffee tables also work well in this space as they can be moved around whenever needed and don’t look as bulky as one larger one would.
Apart from making great use of the space, the decor here is simple yet stylish. The beige theme has been continued but they’ve opted for darker beiges in this room. I love the sheer linen curtains and the jute rug – their contrasting textures in similar neutral tones works really well. Even though the room is small it feels spacious and welcoming because they haven’t been tempted to add too much furniture or too much of anything. And the neutral colour scheme also helps making the room feel spacious.
The last room I wanted to share is the kitchen. It’s a small, simple kitchen but I love how the beige theme has been continued in this room too. I also love how the warm wooden worktops are contrasted with a cool marble table. Contrasting textures are a given throughout Scandinavian homes and kitchens are no exception. In this kitchen there’s also that shiplap wall which adds more texture in a subtle, understated way.
There’s a lot to love about this small Scandinavian apartment but my favourite room is definitely the beautiful beige bedroom.
All photos via Alvhem