my scandinavian home: A serene white and grey Swedish apartment

A serene white and grey Swedish apartment

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

An eye-watering start today with a train ride to the IKEA headquarters to view all their new products - always so exciting despite the red-eye train! They're doing great things at the mo (love the SINNERLIG collection and all the fab styling by Pella Hedeby including this DIY project I'm on it!). Since I'm back in Sweden I thought I'd also celebrate by showing a classic Swedish home tour with fresh white walls and light grey floors. The natural fibres such as rattan and wood add warmth to the look. Since the clocks have gone back and the light is starting to fade here in the North, light tones are helping to bounce around what little natural light we have - essential!



I love the fifties style kitchen counter top - the pattern is a design classic known as 'virrvarr' and was designed by a member of the Swedish family - Prince Sigvard Bernadotte. The 'boet' glass storage drawers are also an original from the same era - so fab!

I also spy: string shelves, vase with brass top, cluster light, children's brio oven and trolley. 

Farrow & Ball's  'strong white' is a great very pale grey hue for floors.

Other homes with a fresh white and light grey colour palette include this serene swedish space, a cool Stockholm apartment and this dreamy flat.

Have a lovely day!


  1. wonderful pictures!!! i love it!!!
    kind regards

  2. Talking about colors... I'm going to be painting my home soon and I will most likely be going with white. There are so many whites out there it's overwhelming. Any favorite whites for walls and doors?

    1. Hi Teri - this is a great question, and also a difficult one to answer as it's quite personal (and agreed - who would have thought there could be so many whites out there!) - I recently visited a beautiful home that had been decorated in Pratt & Lambert Silver Lining which I can definitely recommend. Perhaps other people on here might have some suggestions too?

    2. Me again, there's a great guide on selecting the right white paint for your home on 'A beautiful mess' today: :)

    3. Thanks for directing me to the guide at A Beautiful Mess. Lots to consider. The big lesson is to take my time and consider all the factors influencing the color. Checked out Silver Lining and really like it.

  3. Excellent Greg. Good, practical stuff. I just floated your article around my network. Keep up the good work.

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