It’s Hard to Believe the Walls of This Pastel-Infused Home Were Once Gray

published Jul 10, 2023
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It’s Hard to Believe the Walls of This Pastel-Infused Home Were Once Gray

published Jul 10, 2023
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Creating a space that produces happiness and a sense of lightness is no easy feat. But photographer and manager of a photo printing store, Benedicte Thomassen, did just that in her four-bedroom home in Scandinavia. 

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“I was looking for a newly built modern house in late 2019, so I could make my ‘house dream’ come true — a colorful, fun, eclectic house with modern accommodations,” Thomassen writes.

Thomassen; her husband, Daniel; and their four pets had moved homes before, so she already had a collection of bright, happy objects. But, she admits, it wasn’t until she toured this 1,500-square-foot home that she could envision her dream space. 

Even though most of the walls were painted gray, Thomassen could see past that and into the future (think: a vibrant, warm, inviting place for friends and family to gather). She started by painting and wallpapering the walls, and the result is stunning. 

“I’m happy I stayed true to my own style, and used my favorite pastel colors in every room,” Thomassen shares. “A bright pink or a yellow bedroom isn’t for everyone, but to me it is just right. A positive, happy, bright space was my goal!” 

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PAINT & COLORS

All the paint colors below are the Norwegian paint brand, Jotun, but Thomassen provided the NCS codes for each color so you can use them internationally.

  • Living rooms downstairs and partly upstairs — Jotun “NCS s1030-r”
  • Bedroom bright pink — Jotun “NCS s1040-r20g”
  • Bedroom wallpaper “Nothing Can Go Wrong” — Photowall.com
  • Green bedroom — “Jotun NCS s1510-g”
  • Yellow bedroom — “Jotun NCS s0530-g90y”
  • Entry/hallway and stairway — “Jotun s1010-b90g”
  • Kitchen — “Jotun NCS s1030-r”
  • Office — “Jotun NCS s1010-y90y”

ENTRYWAY

LIVING ROOM DOWNSTAIRS WITH GREY SOFA

LIVING ROOM OTHER SIDE (WITH WHITE SHELVING)

DINING ROOM PART OF KITCHEN

  • Stand loop table — HAY
  • Yellow chairs — IKEA
  • Pink chairs Design by Visu Muute — Hviit
  • One chair is an old Norwegian school chair with pink painted legs
  • Green chair “Masters Chair Sage Green” — Kartell
  • Starman vase — Seletti
  • Mini bar on wheels — Normann Copenhagen
  • Moomin stuff — many different shops, some from The Moomin Shop

KITCHEN

  • “Bacon” carpet — Jotex
  • White shelving “BOTKYRKA” — IKEA
  • Food Containers “Optional Content” — HouseDoctor
  • Pink kitchen rag design by Arne Jacobsen — Designletters
  • Kitchen fan — Custom made
  • Cutting boards with faces on — Rice
  • Kitchen wallpaper “Tropical Jungle Pink” — Photowall.com

BEDROOM (BRIGHT PINK WITH WALLPAPER)

BEDROOM (GREEN)

  • Bed — IKEA
  • Throw pillow — Lagerhaus
  • Mouse lamp — Seletti
  • Throw blanket by Pia Wallen — Lunehjem
  • Palm print — Etsy

BEDROOM (YELLOW)

  • Pink ceiling lamp “FLY” — Kartell
  • “Yes” Neon lamp — Lagerhaus
  • Pink dresser — retro painted pink
  • Wall lamp — retro painted pink
  • Monkey print — Society6
  • Cat pillow — Lagerhaus
  • Bedding — Jotex
  • Yellow throw pillow with trees — Fine Little Day
  • White shelving “String Pocket” — Nordic Nest

LIVING ROOM (WITH TURQUOISE SOFA)

  • Sofa “John” Velvet Turquoise — Bohus
  • Colorful prints — Society6
  • Digital clock — “Karlsson Mini Flip”
  • Eye mirror — Lagerhaus
  • Face decor pillow “Spira of Sweden” — Frøken Rosa
  • Yellow decor pillow with button “Hay Dot” — HAY
  • Yellow side table and black legs table — Kremmerhuset
  • Disco ball — Frøken Rosa
  • Pink chair — Ellos
  • Carpet — Jotex

STAIRWAY (WITH LARGE COLORFUL LAMP)

OFFICE

  • PS Collection desks (two put together) — IKEA
  • Yellow fridge — SMEG
  • White organizer on wall “Uten Silo” — Vitra
  • Lady painting — @artbypehtra
  • Various art prints — Etsy and Society6
  • “Nerd” sign — Etsy from many years ago
  • Carpet — Skeidar

Thanks, Benedicte!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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