Small Stockholm Apartment {Decor Inspiration}

Sometimes we’re in the mood for a sprawling French chateau inspiring us with antique limestone floors and rustically elegant antiques, and sometimes we’re rendered woozy in our tracks by a wee studio apartment in Norrmalm, Stockholm with a serene and neutral decor scheme feeling fresh, spare, and modern. I can’t stop staring at this masterfully styled apartment. Look at the positioning of the art on the gallery wall! Check out the divine moldings and gorgeous shades of grey! Who can resist the knot cushion in a sophisticated shade echoing the apartment’s facade. I’m so inspired by the tastefulness and quiet palette.

Let’s study this Swedish studio with its ultra modern lighting, beautiful art gallery wall, light wood furniture, and charming moldings and trims painted in hushed shades of warm grey. The rustic stools also speak to me as I have a collection of three-legged teak stools I move around my house and never tire of. Sprinkled into the mix here are friendly priced home decor and furniture suggestions suggestive of the look.

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Design: Josefin Haag. Source: Fantastic Frank.

Deep green trim on yellow stucco Stockholm apartment with bistro set outdoors

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration. Design: Josefin Haag. Source: Fantastic Frank.

Bedroom with serene light neutral grey and putty colors, knot cushion, and gallery wall in Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration. Design: Josefin Haag. Source: Fantastic Frank.

Natural organic and serene neutral Scandinavian modern bedroom decor in a Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration. Design: Josefin Haag. Source: Fantastic Frank.

Scandinavian style desk, chair, modern black sconce, and plaster shelves in small Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Light wood frames and serene art gallery wall in Stockholm apartment bedroom

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Light grey trim and white walls in modern Scandinavian style apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Gorgeous moldings and deep window sill in modern Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Serene Stockholm apartment with bentwood chair and framed art

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Serene grey in a small Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

French doors to patio of Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Closet with no door and rustic three legged wood stool in Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Modern Scandinavian wood chairs and table with modern brass hanging pendant in Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Charming Smeg frig built into cabinetry in small Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Charming grey modern daybed in small beautiful Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Beautiful serene light grey kitchen in Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Facade of Stockholm apartment building

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Floorplan of small Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

Bathroom in small Stockholm apartment

Small Stockholm Apartment Decor Inspiration

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p.s. Curious about Stockholm? Here’s some history via

STOCKHOLM. The capital of Sweden, Stockholm originated as a fortress on a small island (holme in Swedish), part of an archipelago on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of Lake Mälaren. Tradition attributes construction of the fortress to Birger Jarl, one of Sweden’s early kings, and dates it about 1250. Its strategic location helped protect against attacks by sea; it served as a lock on the entry to the navigable waters of Mälaren as well as a transit point for export of iron and copper from inland provinces. By the mid-fifteenth century, Stockholm was already referred to as Sweden’s capital, although it was not yet the permanent residence of the monarch. With about six thousand inhabitants, mostly merchants and artisans, Stockholm was an important Baltic trading center. About half the population consisted of German merchants from cities such as Lübeck.

In the late fifteenth century Stockholm was besieged on several occasions, primarily during conflicts with Denmark. After a definitive split from the loose union that had governed Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, Sweden became a nation-state with a more powerful monarchy. Under Gustav I Vasa (ruled 1523–1560), Stockholm began to change from a self-governing town to Hans Nådes stad (the city of His Grace, the king) and became the seat of royal authority. Stockholm’s development since then has always been linked to the state. Whereas the city had previously been dominated by merchants, the percentage of the population engaged in government administration increased significantly by the reign of Gustav I’s son, John III (ruled 1568–1592).

Physical changes to the city came about in connection with the Reformation and Gustav I’s subsequent appropriation of Catholic church property, including the tearing down of cloisters and churches. Stockholm was still, however, a city within walls, mostly confined to the area now known as Gamla Stan (the Old Town). In the seventeenth century Stockholm entered a period of expansion related to Sweden’s emergence as a European military power under Gustavus II Adolphus (ruled 1611–1632). The city’s population grew from about 10,000 in 1620 to more than 40,000 by 1660. City authorities drew up new street plans during the 1630s, and the Swedish nobility used fortunes secured in foreign wars to build palatial residences. One result of these changes was the disappearance of most of the city’s medieval towers and walls.

New economic policies encouraged trade through Stockholm’s ports. The city also became the center of military production in support of Sweden’s aggressive foreign policy. While Sweden was unable to establish a monopoly over Baltic trade, Stockholm did have a virtual monopoly on the export of tar, produced in the extensive forests of Sweden and Finland, which was still part of Sweden at this time.

During Queen Christina’s reign (1644–1654) the royal court resided more or less permanently in Stockholm for the first time. Christina’s diverse intellectual interests helped make Stockholm, rather than the university towns such as Uppsala, the center of literary activity. Artists began to produce paintings and engravings showing views of the city during this period. The most complete pictorial record of Stockholm at this time is Erik Dahlberg’s (1625–1703) book of engravings, Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna (Sweden ancient and modern), first published in its entirety in 1716. In 1697 a fire ravaged the royal castle, allowing extensive renovation of the antiquated building in the classical style by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger (1654–1728). These renovations were not completed, however, for almost fifty years.

Population growth stalled after 1705 as the city entered a period of stagnation, due in part to the many wars of the period; from over 55,000 in the 1680s, the population declined to about 45,000 by 1720. An outbreak of plague in 1710 also claimed a third of the population. Political changes after the death of Charles XII (ruled 1697–1718) led by the 1730s to protectionist economic policies that promoted manufacturing (especially of textiles) while restricting imports drastically. These policies tended to favor Stockholm over other parts of Sweden, which resulted in an increase in the city’s population, to about 70,000 by 1760. Most of this population growth came from immigration, however, as the mortality rate in Stockholm was very high; one in three children died in the first year of life.

After 1760, political changes led to a decline in manufacturing subsidies, slowing Stockholm’s development. The city lost its privileged trading status in the Baltic, and the west coast city of Göteborg began to develop as a port. Though Stockholm remained by far the country’s largest city, and the only one with over 10,000 inhabitants, the percentage of Swedish citizens living in Stockholm, about 4 percent in the mid-eighteenth century, declined over the following century.

See also Baltic and North Seas ; Charles XII (Sweden) ; Christina (Sweden) ; Gustavus II Adolphus (Sweden) ; Sweden ; Vasa Dynasty (Sweden) .

Ahnlund, Henrik. Historia kring Stockholm: Före 1520. Stockholm, 1965.

Hammarström, Ingrid, ed. Historia kring Stockholm: Vasatid och stormaktstid. Stockholm, 1966.

Högberg, Staffan. Stockholms historia 1. Stockholm, 1981.

Landell, Niks-Erik. Den växande staden: Stockholms bebyggelseoch naturhistoria. Stockholm, 1992.

Paul NorlÉn

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“Stockholm.” Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. . 22 Jan. 2018 <>.



  1. December 30, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Sweet simplicity! Makes me want to de clutter everything for the new year…,,,,,

    • michele
      February 18, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      I’m obsessed with this apartment! 🙂

  2. Brittany Napper
    March 17, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Do you happen to know the paint colors in the apartment? Love the grey trim!!

    • michele
      March 17, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      I don’t, and I am with you — it’s magic. The images were taken when the apartment went on the market, and I haven’t seen it in a magazine with resources. Sorry! 🙂

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