Kate's Scandinavian White & Bright Living Room

Kate's Scandinavian White & Bright Living Room

Janel Laban
Oct 5, 2009

Name: Kate
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Type of Home: One Bedroom Rental Apartment

Color Inspiration: I have always been inspired by the tried-and-true Swedish decor mantra of bright, crisp white with pops of bright colors. A recent trip to Sweden and tours of my family's homes re-affirmed my love affair for keeping things simple yet interesting...

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Scandinavian White + Bright

Color Inspiration continued:...using small doses of bright colors to warm up a mostly white space. I've always loved bright blue and orange together (so much so that my wedding party wore the colors!), so we chose a bright blue accent wall to set off our white artwork and furniture. Bursts of bright orange and some yellow add warmth and contrast. For a short-term rental and on a limited budget (the dining table and bookshelf are IKEA Craigslist finds!), I'm really happy with how this room came together.

Colors Used: The blue paint on the accent wall is Yosemite Blue by Benjamin Moore. The fabric on the matching two couch pillows is by Amy Butler.

Color Tip: I say go with your favorites. In a place like a living room, however, it's important to keep editing and scaling back so that you're left with just enough color and not overwhelmed. Keeping main furniture pieces like the couch, coffee table, and table white or neutral helps counter the brightness of the colors and gives your eye a chance to rest. If you use colors you love, you can't go wrong with intuition and a critical eye!

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