Lighter Colors are used in this interior, whose picture appeared on the cover of Classic Swedish Interiors
1. Use large windows to emphasize natural light
Thanks to the nation’s famously dark winters, Finnish designers are experts at emphasizing light in the most effective ways possible, and Villa Lumi is certainly no exception. The home uses large window panes and no window dressings to ensure the home is illuminated as efficiently as possible. While all homes may are not designed in the same way as Villa Lumi, we can still the architect’s technique with any kind of window, as Helsinki based Interior Designer Helena Karihtala shares:
‘Due to long winters, the use of natural light is considered to be important, and we usually prefer large windows. Keeping the windows bare or using light curtains helps make the space feel open and full of natural light. The walls are also almost always a shade of white, making most of natural light.’
In this link, Quinn pieces together 30 of the best gray paint shades from Behr. Where it gets interesting is for you to determine exactly what undertones you like.
In this article, there are 5 categories of undertones. Blue, Purple, Green, Orange and Red. Over time, most people usually lean towards either a cool collection, or warm arena.
Later in the article, what really makes the choice more complex is LIGHTING. An example is given in the article, where a room is photographed at different times of the day. One picture shows a light gray, and another showing a very clear blue. Long story short, test your samples before buying large quantities of paint.
Have you ever found a paint color that looks absolutely incredible day and night in a particular room, only to bring it into another room, and have it look entirely different?
I recently painted over my basement this summer. I had a color that worked in any room in my upstairs, so I figured, I would just go with that color downstairs too.
Many years ago I hand mixed colors, and found one that worked. It works night and day. It just looks incredible. Its a darker gray, with undertones of green. Its not overly dark.
I had it made up for my basement, and it turned out awful in that room. No matter how hard I tried messing around with the shade, the simple fact, the lighting is different in my basement. I shoved the paint in a closet, and started over.
When the country was instructed to work from home if possible, there were some happy novelties- namely endless cups of tea and waking up ten minutes before your first meeting of the day. But then Zoom calls became exhausting, interrupted by children or pets, and the home WiFi cracked under the pressure. The line between working life and free time became increasingly blurred.
Love it or loathe it, working from home for lots of professions is going to remain prominent. Creating the perfect home office space is vital for the most productive and aesthetic work environment. A study ought to provide an oasis of calm amidst the chaos. Technical equipment is the interior designer’s worst nightmare and the key to reconciling cables and screens with attractive furnishings is storage and clever use of space.
Swedish furniture is in a class of its own. From the exuberant decoration of the Rococo style with an abundance of curves and natural motifs that gave way in the late 1700s to the restrained Gustavian style, Swedish furniture appeals to many. Owing to its clean lines and simplicity, it mixes well with other styles, both traditional and modern.
“You cannot talk about Swedish design without first considering the natural environment of Sweden. It is a country of islands, with the sea on one side and the interior populated by dense forests,” said antique dealer Paulette Peden of Dawn Hill Antiques in New Preston, Conn. “In the winter months there is a very short period of daylight, so the Swedish people craved the light, and created rooms painted with pale colors, and light furniture to make the most of the precious daylight.” The Gustavian style was named for Sweden’s King Gustav III (1746-92), during whose reign the talented craftsmen of the Stockholm Guild made well-designed furniture like chairs, tables, secretaries, cupboards and settees.
Among the Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s many watercolours of the house he shared with his wife, Karin, and eight children, is one of their sitting room that radiates a pleasing sense of domesticity — a discarded newspaper and shoes, a sleeping dog, a rug hung nonchalantly over the arm of the sofa. But it is the blue-and-white striped loose cover of the sofa that does most to enhance the relaxed feeling of this elegant space. Larsson painted it in 1895, a time when Victorians, such as the family of another artist, Linley Sambourne, were living among buttoned, fringed and tightly upholstered splendour at 18, Stafford Terrace that remains a monument to the Victorian decorative exuberance (both artists’ houses are open to the public).
As with so many of the key ingredients in classic decoration, there’s a deeply practical rationale behind the loose cover: namely, that it can be washed and changed at will. In the past, they were often fitted to protect furniture or changed according to the season. They also soften the look of a sofa or chair by hiding its legs.
In the nine years since they founded D. Larsson Interior and Antikhandel, Daniel and Cristina Larsson have become among the world’s leading purveyors of 18th- and 19th-century painted Swedish antiques. Yet just 12 years ago, they were both on very different paths.
D. Larsson Cristina and Daniel Larsson
Married couple Cristina and Daniel Larsson, of D. Larsson Interior and Antikhandel, specialize in 18th- and 19th-century Swedish antiques, which they mix with vintage and modern pieces in their own home. Top: Their living room features an 18th-century Swedish Baroque table, a 1970s coffee table and a ca. 1775 Gripsholm armchair. All photos by Francisco Caires
Swedish-born Daniel was in Amsterdam working in customer relations for KLM airlines and dealing in vintage modern furnishings on the side. This was a hobby he picked up while living in Stockholm. Finding inexpensive pieces at Swedish flea markets, he would finish them himself — “Woodshop was my best subject at school,” he says with a laugh — and then drive to England to sell them at the country’s open-air antiques markets to British and American dealers.
As a former editor for home decor magazines, Dara Caponigro has spent her career immersed in decorating. Dara shares her timeless style with Better Homes And Gardens Magazine.
Find little ways to wow :
“Style isn’t always about making a big splash. You can add it in small doses. Bold, eye-catching wallpaper in the back of cupboards or between shelves in bookcases is a wonderful way to make a big statement in a small way.”
Swedish 18th Century Gustavian Pine Desk –1st Dibs
The regions fondness for natural materials, muted color palettes and fine craftsmanship set the standard high when it comes to interior design, however achieving the same look in your own home isn’t that hard.
Scandinavian interior design is about embracing what nature has already presented us with. Using timber for furniture, buttery soft leather for upholstery or soft furnishings and looking to wool, linen and cotton for bedding and accessories. But it isn’t just the use of natural fibres that demonstrates the Scandinavian love of nature, it’s the color palette that’s entirely inspired by the naturally occurring shades found in forests and landscapes.
If you’re trying to inject a little bit of Scandinavian style into your home the first thing to do is rethink your color palette, and try using these six colors that appear in all Scandi-inspired interiors.
1. Forest Green
This rich shade of green offers a home the perfect balance of on-trend color that still feels timeless. Work a forest green cushion, throw blanket or linen duvet set into your interior scheme and finish off with a dark green foliage plant to complete the forest transformation.
“People with great style have a natural understanding of scale and proportion,” New York-based interior designer Alyssa Kapito chimes in. “Having everything in a room at the same height and scale is a rookie mistake — it’s the contrast that makes things interesting. Try oversize artwork next to a pair of petite lamps or incorporating height into your room with sky-high curtains.”
2. Focusing On The Television
“A lot of people decorate their apartments surrounding their television, but your TV does not have to be the central focal point of your room,” says Babba Canales, a N.Y.-based Swedish It girl and brand marketing professional.
This beautiful home is decorated around pops of lemon yellow. Swedish antiques can be seen through out this home, with the classic creamy, distressed finishes. This look is pulled together with checked fabrics, stripes and delicate prints. Photographs were taken by Lisa Romerin. Find designer Marshall Watson here
Isn’t this the most unique mirror you have seen? If you love seeing Swedish, French styled carved wood plaques, – this mirror gives you that look.
This mirror would look dynamite at the end of a hallway. I have one mirror at the foot of my stairs, and I get to look at it’s beauty as I am walking down the stairs. In a hallway, you almost have nothing else to look at. Hang it there.