my scandinavian home: One Swedish apartment, two different ways of doing grey

One Swedish apartment, two different ways of doing grey

Monday, 10 November 2014

Swedish estate agents Fastighetsbyrån took one apartment and asked three talented Swedish stylists to decorate it (cue: blog frenzy!). The results are incredible and give real insight into how to transform a home. My favourite two are by Tina Hellberg and Hans Blomquist who took the colour of the moment: grey, and made the apartment their own. Which look do you prefer?!

Hans Blomquist: 

Tina Hellberg:

All photos: Fastighetsbyrån

So fascinating don't you think? Hans has gone all out charcoal grey for a 'cocoon' like feel, where as Tina has kept the space white with grey accent colours. I love the striking nature of Hans' styling but perhaps find Tina's more livable in as I like a lot of light.

Which would you go for?

As mentioned, there's a third look too, created by Mikael Beckman. Mikael went for whites, greens and brass. You can see the final look here.

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Have a lovely day!

PS Thank you so much for entering the weekend give-away. The competition is now closed and I will contact the winner today via e-mail. Look out for the next one in two weeks time!


  1. Funnily enough, my favorite is Mikael Beckman's! But all of them are beautiful and stylish, aren't they?

  2. I absolutely the first room - the grey/green walls with the red berries and electrical cable is just gorgeous! I want to recreate it in my dining room immediately x

  3. danke für die bilder und inspirationen!!! einen schönen montag wünscht angie aus deutschland

  4. I prefer the more grey one. If you had asked--without photos--if I preferred a grey apartment or a white one I would have said white. However, I found the grey one to be much warmer and less stark.

  5. I like most the one from Hans. Maybe it is because I'm now in this autumn mood and his styling is like the nature saying goodbye to summer and autumn and preparing for a winter..
    But! Talking about bathroom, I am picking the one from Mikael =). The green details making me feel joy in my heart, can't say why.. <3
    Have a beautiful start of new week,
    Michael / facebook / Bloglovin / ig: @majki

  6. the first, more gray one for sure! more depth, warmth adn richness

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  8. Ach gorgeous house envy here! So bad!

  9. I always wonder how it's to live in so dark rooms - looks great at pictures.
    I still don't have enough courage to paint black just one wall...

  10. love the brown & grey tones

  11. They're both gorgeous, but I would go with the first one by Hans Blomquist, I feel all the wood furniture he's used throughout gives it more warmth and character.

  12. I don't know really. I definitely don't like the third one. These two both have likes and dislikes for me. I like the impression the grey gives, but if I imagine being in Sweden on long dark days, it would depress me even more than dark days already do. I like the sofa by the window, but I also like it by the fireplace. Maybe it would be nice to have a summer lay-out and a winter lay-out (my mother in law does that)?
    One features Ikea's Moment sofa, we have one in the garden as a garden sofa, it definitely is not comfortable enough for the living room, trust me. It holds up (and works) very well in the garden (14 years and counting). Have a wonderful day!


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