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Lessons To Learn From A Colourful Yet Calm Norwegian Home


There's so much to love about the Norwegian home of interior stylist Rikke Bye-Andersen: from the colourful Scandinavian design furniture and pink accent walls to the contemporary art and tropical wallpaper. I caught up with Rikke to find out more.  Prepare to feel inspired to introduce more colour into your home, and still keep that beloved Scandi vibe alive!

Muuto Five Pouf*, Wing Back Chair*, Saucer pendant*


Have you always liked to have a lot of colour in your home?
I have always loved colour and am especially inspired by interiors from the UK and the US, I think they have that special touch of colour and a playful way of looking at interiors, rather than the minimalist white and grey associated with Norwegian style. I try to be a little different and am often complimented on the colours I choose for my furniture and walls.

I am not surprised, they are both cheerful and calming in equal measure! What is it about colour that you like? 
It's proven that colours make you happy and give you energy. For example, if you paint your kitchen yellow it will feel sunny everyday, and who doesn't want that feeling?!








As an interior stylist / designer, do you encourage your clients to use more colour?
In my work I like to inspire people to use more colour and go a little crazy. Not everything needs to match and be tone in tone - I think interiors should be more personal and fun. I also advise using colours that make you feel comfortable, but it's also good to think outside the box and not just follow what everyone else is doing in their homes.


Wishbone chairs*, Gubi pendant*

I spy a few Scandinavian beauties in your home - how does this fit with your scheme? 
I love to furnish my home with Scandinavian design pieces, but I tend to go for colourful fabrics so that they stand out a bit - like my Wing Chair by Hans. J. Wegner* in pink. I think I've only seen it in grey before! I'm not your typical Scandinavian minimalist.



Do you have colours you return to time and time again?
I am drawn to pastels and soft tones, these are hues I feel most comfortable with. I love green, so I have used a couple of different greens over the years. But pink is definitely my all time favourite, it's really warm, cosy and fun all at the same time - you can't go wrong with pink!

lamp gras 204 wall light in red has been mounted over a round mirror* above a freestanding bathroom sink from Duravit


Finally, do you have any tips for anyone looking to introduce more colour? 
Have fun playing with colours, it is so easy to paint a room! And it's just a colour... much better to try out different tones instead of playing it safe with white or grey.

The bedroom is painted in Peignoir from Farrow & Ball.

In the hall, Rikke has teamed Alexandrie wallpaper from Pierre Frey with Teresa's Green paint by Farrow & Ball. A fabulous plum coloured door completes the look! 




Wow! I absolutely love this home.

If I were to introduce more colour into my own home (which I plan to in 2019 - wait, did I say that last year too?!) I'd like to think this would be my approach!

That hallway!

We need to be braver (could well be speaking for myself here!).

Did you find Rikke's home inspiring too?

It's totally worth checking out her wonderful blog and instagram for a load more pictures!

Other fabulous Norwegian homes include the cosy and relaxed home of a blogger, a charming Norwegian home in green, grey and cognac and a beautiful Norwegian home in summer time.

Have a lovely day!

Niki

Photography: Filippa Tredal 

PS After the revelations in yesterday's post (including Valentina's comment!) I couldn't resist holding an instagram stories poll to see how many of us nip into open house / property viewings for fun (with no intention to buy). It seems like we're way nosier than the average Swede with 71% of us taking it as an opportunity to take a peek! Funny!

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    1. Me too Bernadette! Definitely a favourite of late! :)

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  2. Interesting to read that she's inspired by homes from the UK and US! I'm Canadian, and find that living through a Toronto winter (where it's very grey), I need colour. This was great to see.

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    1. As the weather gets more grey here I am starting to feel like I need pops of colour too.... totally with you!

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  3. This ceiling lamp, chandelier, on the first picture looking a bit like a white chinese lantern, where can I buy it? I've seen it a lot but can't track the producer down. Any ideas?

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    1. Thank you for pointing this light out - it's the Herman Miller Saucer pendant - I've just added a link to the post.

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  4. Thank you Nikki. I have an eye for designer items I guess ;) I just checked that George Nelson's bubble lamp, the saucer, is also part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The original Swedish lamps which inspired him were made of silk. I am not fan of silk but its a pity a bit that most of things is made from plastic nowadays.

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    1. I guess this is why vintage originals are so popular - they were so beautifully made and often from lovely natural materials. I didn't know the saucer was part of a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art - I'll have to check it out next time I'm in town!

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  5. Yes, I love vintage so I am not surprised that I liked it as this model is from the 50s. I will maybe try to search something more seasoned and natural on auction portals, who knows, maybe I will be lucky. If not, good that Herman Miller has revived this model so thanks again for sharing this.

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