A cocoon-like Swedish home in dark grey

It was a while since we headed over to the dark side here on My Scandinavian Home. And with Autumn in the air, and the need for a warm, cocoon-like space,  I feel it's definitely time, don't you! This apartment in Fredsborg, North east of Stockholm has been painted in a deep grey, providing a simple yet dramatic backdrop for softer textures such as white linen (cue the oh so beautiful Le Grand Air sofa) and rustic wood. Clean, modern lines are balanced with sculptures and rounded shapes from ceramics which have been arranged in clusters on coffee table, shelves and ledges throughout.  I think I could hang around here this weekend, how about you?!

Credits: Photos - Sara Medina Lind. Styling - Marie Ramse for JM. Found via TDC.

What do you reckon, could you imagine creating a darker ambience like this in your home?

Even if you don't go all out grey, you can still get the elegant look with some of these lovely pieces: sitting room - Le Grand Air sofa, the rug looks like a Private 0204, but correct me if I'm wrong! Lampe Gras is similar to the wall lamp. Dining area: Series 7 chair, bentwood chairs, Tulip table in marble. Bedroom - Linen curtains (lovely!) and stonewashed linen bedding in charcoal. Buy a simple row of wooden hooks from IKEA and paint it in the same colour as the wall (for a similar colour try samples from Farrow & Ball's range of dark colours)

For more 'dark inspiration you might want to have a nose around this lovely swedish space, an elegant Stockholm apartment and a beautiful house in France. The latter is one of my all time favourites!

It's nearly time for the weekend, wooooop! It's going to be terrible weather here (not so woop) so I'm planning on tucking into one of these 13 baked cheese recipes (the first one?!) while I wait indoors for some of my second hand finds from the week to arrive (exciting!). Have you got any fun plans?

Oh and they say it's tricky to work with children and animals - and I actually managed both yesterday (I know!). You can see the fruits of my lovely afternoon with dearest Daphne, the sweetest (and most elegant) poodle in town on the blog tomorrow....

Happy Friday!


  1. The black watering can is calling my name loud and clear.
    Niki, are you sure the link for the cheese recipes is correct? No recipes there.

    I love dark rooms but they don't really work in my house. I had my bedroom painted dark teal (the colour was gorgeous) but the room faces north and I just could not see anything. Maybe I will give it another try.

    1. So happy you pointed the cheese link out - you don't want to miss out on those Alena (now updated with the correct one!). I have to say I'm with you on the dark wall - maybe it was poor lighting from my side but we used to have a black wall in our bedroom and it drove me nuts - I could barely see anything at night! I reckon you need to add a tonne of lighting (at least double) to make it work.

  2. Really beautiful! You just gave me some new ideas! Thank you! :)

  3. Very beautiful house and photos!!Love them. I always thought that dark grey walls make the room look much smaller and darker, but in here they're just so nice that I almost wanna try and paint my house grey ahha (my boyfriend surely won't be happy about that!). Have a lovely weekend!!!

    1. The myth of dark walls is like horizontal striped breton tops - I don't think either give the illusion of smaller or larger...:) Good luck with the BF!

  4. Dear Niki, I want to thank and appreciat your work (and pleasure- as I can see) of sharing with us all the beautiful houses,rooms,gardens etc. This is my way to start the day- Coffee and your blog... Thanks very very much- Shai

    1. Thank you so much Shai, comments like yours make writing my blog feel truly worthwhile! x


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