We can't all live in Stockholm, but we can steal a little Scandinavian thunder for our own homes. Look to this small apartment (currently for sale) for tons of great remodeling ideas worth remembering. It's chock full of ways to own stuff without all of it crowding you out and feeling claustrophobic.
1. The apartment's fairly uniform white palette, peppered with a few black and neutral pieces, is a classic low-contrast look that's airy and open.
2. Individual shelves cover an entire wall in the living room, but since they're the same colors as the walls, they blend in and keep things open — at the same time as providing lots of storage.
3. Although the apartment was renovated, it still has its old battered blue interior doors and rustic floors. The old architectural elements contrast nicely with the modernity of the rest of the new features. Along with the section of wood kitchen countertop (and various decor elements) they provide welcome warmth and texture amongst all that white.
4. Most things found on the wall aren't there for decoration — they're functional too. Like the shelves in the living room, simple bars hung on the walls in both the kitchen and entryway hold lots of stuff without having a large footprint. They also make use of vertical space.