Sometimes I wish I was born Scandinavian, because Scandinavians always seem to be getting design just right. This beauty is the home of Swedish blogger Tant Johanna, and if you happen to be looking for a place in Gothenburg, Sweden, you're in luck, because it's for sale. But if you're not, there are still plenty of design ideas here that are worth stealing for your own home. Here are seven of our favorites.
1. Turn an awkward hallway spot into a library.
Is there a short hallway or awkward nook in your home looking for a purpose? As long as you have a few extra inches, you can mount some shelves on the wall and make that awkward spot into a home library. Even 8" deep shelves are big enough for most books.
2. Using multiple complementary shades of the same color creates interest and depth.
I love what Joanna's done with the living room, with multiple shades of blue playing off of one another. The effect is textured, interesting, and just a little more sophisticated than the same color repeated over and over.
3. Plants plants plants.
Plants make any space more interesting, and they clean the air, too.
4. Leave a little breathing room.
The living room feels bright and relaxing, because every nook isn't jam-packed with furniture. Leaving a little extra room allows the pieces you do have to shine.
5. If you want to add color but are worried about it being too overwhelming, try a subtle, unsaturated shade.
The sage green in this bedroom adds just enough color without being over the top.
6. Adding a little texture elevates any room.
One of my current obsessions is linen bedding, which, I promise, will make your bedroom look at least 75% more sophisticated.
7. Painting just half a room can create an interesting, architectural effect.
And it's easier than painting the whole thing! Pick out a feature in the room (like the top or bottom of a window, or, in this case, the top of a niche) and align the top of the painted area with that.
There's lots more where this came from — to see more photos of this apartment (or to buy it, if you're into Swedish real estate), check out the listing at Entrance.