How to Style Your Space Like a Swede
Who doesn’t love the simplicity, utility, and beauty of a Swedish interior? Their understated elegance is what appeals most. Somehow when you pare everything right back to the bare essentials it feels warmer, pure and honest. The Swedish minimal aesthetic is well-loved worldwide and for good reason. Clean lines, muted palettes and clever craftsmanship seem simple enough but put them all together, and you have a powerful combination. So how easy is it to achieve this simplified look? Stockholm-based freelance art director and photographer, Sara Medina shares her tips below.
White walls, ceilings and floors will make your home feel calm, bright and bigger. With a white base it’s easy to change decoration each season because it goes with everything, and you’ll never get tired of it. It’s also super simple to paint over, which is especially handy when you have children or when you need to plug a hole where artwork used to hang.
Get rid of things that you don’t use or need in your home to create space, and a pleasant atmosphere. Let the decoration, and the few things that you love, take place instead. This will also make your home more personal. You’ll be amazed at how much negative space will positively impact your mood too. Getting the balance right may take a little rearranging, but the Zen result is worth it.
When looking for new furniture and decoration, invest in things that you really love and make sure to choose materials that you won’t get tired of after only a few months. Whenever possible, choose well-made furnishings and pieces you fall in love with and that are built to last. Some of the key pieces you should consider spending more on are sofas, artwork, kitchen table, and rugs. These are things you use everyday, so make sure they can withstand daily use and look good in the process.
Simplicity is beauty, especially when it comes to interiors. Yes this has been said time and time again, but it's a fact. A sleek minimal aesthetic really brings intrigue and mystery to a space. To do this, it’s crucial you set the table using simple base products to ensure a clear, sophisticated expression. These don’t need to be costly either. In this image, the table linen, grey ceramics and pot all come from H&M Home.
Choose a design theme that you love and make sure this runs through your entire interior collection. This will pull everything together. It makes it easier over time when you want to change your home around too. As long as it’s within the theme, you can add in pieces when you feel like it. Here we've chosen different shades of nude and natural materials, they blend in to give a smooth expression, which you can see against the canvas.
Textures amp up the interest level in an interior, so use as many of these as you can. The trick is to keep them within the same tonal family. If you mix too many textures, materials, and surfaces of all different colours together, it will surely be headache-inducing. If you have a white base, then opt for similar beige, dove grey, and tan tones or any colours you would see together in nature. Take inspiration from outside your window, generally the colours that blend well are the ones Mother Nature intended.