Scandinavian Home

 Scandinavian homes

From crumbling flats in Copenhagen to Swedish lake houses, incredibly lovely Scandinavian interiors

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Scandinavia is famous for its distinctive style – pared-back, clean lines, and form and function are combined to create aesthetically pleasing and practical interiors. Scandinavians are inspired by light, having an abundance of it in summer but so little of it in winter, and house designs tend to maximalize the amount of natural light that enters the home, and allow the inhabitants to make the most of outdoor life during the summer. Similarly, nature and the weather are major influences: homes are made warm and cozy for the freezing winter months – not just literally with log burners, but also incorporating wood and natural materials.

COVERED WHITE PATIO

The family who live in this home have built a modern-style gazebo at the foot of the garden to take advantage of the magnificent views over Norway’s Oslo Fjord. Much of the building has been constructed from windows reclaimed from an old property in southern Norway. The space has been decorated in soft, neutral hues to give it a summery feel and the sofa and armchair have been accessorized with fluffy pillows and sheepskins for a relaxed, comfortable vibe. A small round table from Marrakesh complements a larger table – formerly a dining table but now with shortened legs.

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Outdoor Dining Rooms

JAMES GARDINER

RUSTIC NAUTICAL BEDROOM

The master bedroom in this rustic summer cottage has a strong nautical theme, which includes ropes, an anchor, and a model sailing boat emphasizing the laid-back island lifestyle and strong maritime culture associated with the area. Former storage space, on each side of the room, has been used for bunk beds in order to accommodate the growing family and the many guests who come to stay.

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Bedroom Ideas

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TINY LAKESIDE COTTAGE

The pine façade of this cottage has been painted in punamulta or “red earth,” named after the dye used in the deep red waterproof paint traditionally used on cottages and barns in this part of Finland. The cluster of houses looks out over the beautiful Tammisaari archipelago, a series of islands in the Baltic Sea. Although relatively small, the highly practical and functional living space includes a kitchenette, dining area, sitting room, two bedrooms, and even a balcony and terrace, making it the perfect self-contained “home from home” for a young family.

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Small Spaces, Huge Inspiration

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VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL KITCHEN

In this mountain cabin the custom-made kitchen island, cabinetry, and shelves are constructed from reclaimed barn wood bought from a farm further north. Open shelving creates a decorative contrast to the concrete wall without obscuring it completely. A vintage industrial Signal Wall light and Zig-Zag floor lamp by Jielde from Fransk Bazar supplement the two ceiling filament light bulbs after dark.

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Kitchen Ideas

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MOUNTAIN CABIN LIVING ROOM

The focal point of the sitting room in this mountain cabin is a panoramic vista over the mountainous Norwegian cross-country ski area of Sjusjøen. The family loves to sit and enjoy the view from a wall-to-wall window seat, made from reclaimed barn wood by a local carpenter. The seating area has been laden with pillows and sheepskins for a warm and cozy feel. The bench also doubles up as storage.

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19 Rustic Interiors

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DINING AREA WITH FUR ACCENTS

In this mountain cabin, pillows made from sacks by textile artist Heidi Bjørnsdotter Thorvik line an L-shaped bench, and sheepskin throws have been draped over three Eames DSW chairs. A lampshade made from loosely felted raw wool emits a soft light in the evening.

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Dining Room Ideas

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MODERN CABIN EXTERIOR

The modern extension of this mountain cabin, was inspired by the humble Norwegian “seter”-a simple mountain farm building found high up in the summer pastures. Large modern windows reveal the wonderful nature, and a sliding barn door shields the indoor dining area from sun. On warmer days the family enjoys lunch at a simple pine table and bench set on the terrace.

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House Exteriors

JAMES GARDINER

RUSTIC WOODEN BATHROOM

This captivating house, located in the remote fishing village of Flateyri in the western fijords of Iceland, is home to designer Hálfdan Lárus Pedersen. He rebuilt and renovated the abandoned house from scratch using only reclaimed and salvaged materials. All visible wood, floors, ceilings, and walls are reclaimed and personally sourced by the designer from all over Iceland. Every radiator, sink, bathtub, faucet, cabinet-and everything in between-was found, cleaned, restored, and mounted piece by piece. Driven by a passion for sustainability, the massive recycling project took ten years for Pedersen to complete. The result is an impressive home built with love and filled with objects that have a rich history.

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Bathroom Ideas

GESTALTEN

GREY AND WHITE BEDROOM

This exquisite former schoolhouse dating back to 1771 is located in Gotland, Sweden. Inspired by the surrounding unique natural beauty of the island, designer and artist Åsa Copparstad styled the house with simple interiors reminiscent of the island’s various minerals and stones. Copperstand’s perception of interior design is strongly in uenced by her experience as a sculptor; she refers to it as “interior shaping.” The designer’s working process involves getting attuned to the atmosphere of the building itself and moving from room to room to get a feel for the space. Each room was designed to maximize its contact with nature. The color palette is muted, with gray, white, and beige textiles and surface finishes. Natural flax linen for the bedding, bathroom towels, woollen blankets, and throws create a sense of warmth in the stone house. The textured stone-walls have been left bare, whilst the replace and wood-fired oven are a tribute to past traditions. These are only a few of the many details that impart the quiet beauty of this idyllic island home.

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How to Pick Pale Paint

GESTALTEN

HALL WITH WINDOW

The kitchen in this home is painted in a light shade of gray, a calm transition from the dark gray walls of the hall and the pink hue of the main living space. The varied colors in the space demarcate various zones and create a dynamic and lively feeling.

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Hallway Ideas to Steal

GESTALTEN

PEACH BEDROOM

Located in Krukmakargatan in central Stockholm, this lovely apartment was home to interior stylist Emma Wallmén. She designed the apartment herself, aiming to create a calm and warm atmosphere – a space conducive to dreaming, resting, and spending time with friends and family. Wallmén also used the project as a kind of three-dimensional canvas for trying out new ideas by constantly changing the colors of the walls and rearranging and changing the furniture. Currently, the walls are washed in a comforting shade of pink that ties in well with the natural materials, like the carpet on the floors.

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A Cultural History of the Colour Pink

GESTALTEN

WOOD AND WHITE LIVING ROOM

This spectacular Stockholm apartment is home to one of Sweden’s leading fashion designers, Filippa Knutsson, also known as Filippa K. Situated on the upper floors of a nineteenth century, Neo-Renaissance building, a recent renovation connected the main apartment with a converted attic, creating an inspiring, spacious, and tranquil atmosphere. With magnificent timber beams and tiled roofs, the stylish space-reflecting Filippa K’s minimal style-has been upgraded by Aaro Arkitektkontor with materials that have contrasting and sensual properties and a strongly contrasting black and white color palette. The rooms are furnished with warm textures of oak, aged wood, handcra ed brick, subtle tones of cement tiles, shimmering zellige tilework, and soft leather, which all enliven the surfaces of this beautiful home.

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Living Room Ideas

GESTALTEN

WAREHOUSE KITCHEN

Studio David Thulstrup was commissioned to design this luxurious private residence in Copenhagen, which is the home to the renowned photographer Peter Krasilniko . They were inspired by the brutal aesthetic of rustic warehouses and lofty factories with blackened steel and textured old bricks. The interiors have subdued colors, oak flooring and wall panels, minimalist Nordic furniture, sumptuous deep-purple curtains, and furniture upholstered in Kvadrat textiles.

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Kitchen Ideas

GESTALTEN

THREE SERIAL LIVING ROOMS

In this apartment three serial living rooms showcase an Eero Saarinen table, Charlotte Perriand seating and a rare Royal Copenhagen tea set.

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Open-Plan Living

GESTALTEN

DAYBED WITH LEANING LAMP

Handvärk is a danish design brand that specializes in hand crafted furniture in steel, iron, brass, marble, and leather. Head designer Emil Thorup explains the motivation behind the brand: “For a number of years, the Danes have shown incredible skills in woodwork; however, I found myself missing an alternative, in which other natural materials could be the cornerstone of the design. I am incredibly fond of metals and stone, and felt that we were lacking a brand daring enough to experiment with these kinds of materials, whilst still sustaining the simple and applicable Nordic DNA.” Handvärk exemplifies a unique system of production where elements of the design recur as frequently as possible. Handcrafted brackets serve as the mainstay of the product line-eight to twelve of them are used per item. The powder-coated, matte black steel rods are identical in all products. Marble is a signature material of the brand. The lustrous stone is sourced from suppliers in various parts the world: white marble, Bianco Carrera, from a quarry in Italy, black marble, Nero Marquina, from Spain, and exclusive green marble, Vert Olympia, from a quarry in India.

 

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