How One Swedish Couple Lives (and Works!) Together in a Little Apartment

How One Swedish Couple Lives (and Works!) Together in a Little Apartment

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Nancy Mitchell
May 12, 2015
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Elisabeth and Peter's apartment is 95 square meters (about 1,023 square feet), which may not seem so very small. But consider that the couple (she's an artist, he's a photographer) both work from home, and that footprint starts to look a little more impressive. Here are some of our favorite small space solutions from this stylish Swedish home.

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1. Stick to a simple color scheme.
Color is so powerful, and it really makes a difference in how we perceive a space. The different spaces in Elisabeth and Peter's apartment hang together and feel united thanks to a common color scheme: simple black and white as a base, with accents of red. Since the red acts as a sort of grace note, they can choose to change to a different color when the fancy strikes them.

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2. Use the walls as much as you can.
Living in a small space means not a lot of room for furniture, so you have to get creative about where you put things. All over Elisabeth and Peter's apartment you'll see things hanging on the wall; pots, pot lids, art supplies, jewelry, even extra chairs. In the office, a wall of Trones storage boxes provides plenty of space to stash supplies.

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3. Have a place for everything.
In a small space, it's especially important not just that there be plenty of storage space, but that everything have it own spot where it goes, so cleanup is a simple process. In their apartment, Elisabeth and Peter have taken this very practical advice and made it special. By creating little displays of favorite things, like this collection of jewelry hanging on the back of the door, they've given things a place and given them pride of place as well.

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You can see more photos, and read more about how Elisabeth and Peter live in their apartment, on IKEA Family Live.

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