A Bright, Light and Playful Swedish Home

Hej allihopa! I felt like sharing something light, playful and different today - and this wonderful house fit the bill perfectly! Featured on instagram as @tegelsnackan the Swedish owners of this red brick house in Helsingland in central Sweden love their blonde wood and pops of colour - all set against a fresh white backdrop. They have also thrown in some fun chequered patterns and a few stripes for good measure. 

The result is a light and airy house that lifts the spirits, no matter the time of year, but especially when the winter darkness sets in (with a six weeks to go until the winter solstice, I'd say most parts of Sweden are already there. 

I love the uniqueness of this home and hope it feels you with ideas for the week to come! 

From the exterior you can already see that the owners have dared to be different with a bright red pergola and red window frames to match! 

This red theme is continued throughout the interior. 

If I am not wrong, I think this is the Arc vase by Danish brand Hay. The original format was 'mirror'  and the owners have painted it fire engine red! 

Also, spot the horse on the shelf? This is known as a Dalahäst (Dala horse), and is traditionally carved out of wood before being hand painted. It originates from the county of Dalarna - and has become a popular symbol for Sweden as a whole!

From a distance the checks in the hallway look like tiles, but look closer and you'll see that they have been painted onto a wood floor. This is a trick swedes have used for hundreds of years. Tiles have traditionally been very expensive where as it doesn't cost much to buy paint to create a similar affect. I have always loved this idea! 

A lick of yellow around the room ensures the sun is always shining, even if it's grey outside! 

Also, check out the IKEA storage used as a wall mounted bedside table - very clever! 

Aaaaah, I so enjoyed this tour, did you?  It's fun to see something different. Very refreshing! 

Are there any ideas here that you can imagine using for your own home? 

If you're not already following @tegelsnackan on instagram, hop over right away! 

Wishing you a fabulous start to the week! 


Photography courtesy of @tegelsnackan, shared with kind permission. 


  1. What a lovely and relaxing home. I’m wondering if people in Sweden have less items in their homes than people in the USA. The homes you feature are always very calming. Thank you.

    1. I've noticed that, too!

    2. Yes, in general they do. The approach is very much 'less is more' and homes tend to be clutterfree.

  2. They have brought a lovely spirit into their home. The red and white painted checkerboard floor is both fun and smart looking. What an excellent job of detail, too. It’s refreshing to see the overall light hand they used in decor and finishes.

    1. Thank you for sharing all of these observations! I love the checkerboard floor too!

  3. This home will be so cheerful in the dark winter days!

    1. Totally agree! Just what we need as the light fades.

  4. love that the home is so unique yet classically Swedish. I love that it uses lots of beautiful and humble Ikea rather than high end brands. I’m obsessed with this house

    1. I'm so happy you feel inspired by this lovely home! It is indeed so achievable thanks to all the pieces from IKEA!

  5. Your post resonated with me deeply. Thank you for your thoughtful words.

  6. Your post is a beacon of brilliance! Insightful, well-crafted, and truly valuable. Thanks for sharing your perspective with us.


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