Who truly needs all of that square footage anyway? Lovely homes are often not stand alone houses as you’ll discover in these Stockholm apartments. One of my favorites is a studio apartment in Norrmalm, Stockholm where an ethereal, minimally modern, soulful mood whispers. We’ll score a bunch of lessons in restraint and be reminded how much style inspiration lies within carefully considered less spacious interiors.
Lovely Stockholm Apartment Interiors
So many magnificent details to note in these glimpses of beautiful Swedish homes.
While you may be expecting a parade of formal, chic, all white decor, you’ll actually discover a mix of color stories.
Although, pale painted trim seems to be a common thread.
Likewise, bare windows or breezy, light filtering dressings are favored over anything too heavy or black-out.
Herringbone hardwood flooring, elegant paneled walls, lofty ceilings, sumptuous linens, and wool upholstery are also represented.
Uncluttered and unfussy, these Stockholm apartment interiors have a sense of ethereality and serenity.
They strike a balance between old and new with modern lighting, contemporary art, and airy vignettes paired with the traditional moldings and elegant architecture within historical buildings.
While the living room above is a big too modern for my personal taste, I am inspired by the abstract art and the built-ins we see through the doorway above.
The exterior of these buildings is worth a moment of awe too.
Casual Approach to a Stockholm Apartment Interior
Not all homes in Stockholm are restrained and modern. In Anna Malmberg’s former apartment (above), a mix of modern rustic decor keeps the mood relaxed, natural, and casual.
A spa-like luxurious soaking tub with a view like this?
The deep window sills are such a lovely feature in so many of these older buildings! And can you get over the harmony of old and new in this luxe Stockholm kitchen above?
The dead flat finish of the walls and applied moldings make such a dramatic in this Stockholm apartment interior above.
Yet I would feel more cozy and comfortable in this muted bedroom above with French doors and abundant natural light.
Here’s a moment that feels very traditional even with the modern bedroom lamp. Isn’t the teal wall magic with the warm umber of the dresser?
Nubby textures have a way of warming a space, and this otherwise formal living room gets a hung from a woolly barrel chair.
Are you ready to travel to Stockholm and perhaps rent an apartment to live like a local?
Tiny Swedish Home Packed With Big Style & Inspiring Design
It is definitely on my list of places to explore. I mentioned a favorite teeny Swedish apartment, and you may remember this one designed by Josefin Hååg and seen on Fantastic Frank.
Oh that yellow knot cushion from Design House Stockholm! It is truly an accessory that could inspire a whole room’s design!
And the color brings to mind a cozy design I dreamed up for the perfect little nook:
I love the tranquility of the art displayed gallery style, and the warmth from brass and natural wood. Did you notice how the grey wall color does not go to the ceiling?
And it doesn’t go to the floor either! (See above.) A darker band of color starts at mini rustic stool-height. So gorgeous!
Seeing the rustic nail heads on this door makes me miss our old beautiful front door!
There’s something so charming about the built-in storage and wardrobes so many Stockholm apartments and European homes boast.
It’s worth noting how the art in here is hung so thoughtfully, and if you should need ideas for light greys, see this.
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If you’re considering a similar framed collection on the wall, you could visit Minted for ideas as well as score inexpensive vintage prints in tranquil colors here.
Does a quiet mood appeal to you too?
Those French doors remind me of my favorite French farmhouse designs!
For three-legged stool fans…see this precious example.
Gold-toned Sputnik lighting looks downright acrobatic and happy in this home, and see THESE for more ideas.
The Color of Calm in a Small Serene Apartment
Would you, could you splurge on an ultra slim, 24″ Smeg refrigerator if you were space challenged? Wouldn’t it just make you smile everyday!?! Ha!
Diagram of the Floorplan
Tour a Gorgeous (and YES, unrealistic) Tiny House
And here’s my cozy Stockholm moment for ya!
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Michele, I’ve been wondering… How much does our natural environment affect our interior decor and clothing choices and even our personality? In general, do colder climates with less sunlight result in more subdubed people, who choose muted interiors and clothing? And, do hotter sunnier climates result in bolder interiors, clothing and more vibrant people? When looking at design and society it seems to be true that we reflect our invironment, rather than try to compensate for it by choosing color to spark the starkness, and muted tones to neutralize boldness. Interesting… Any thoughts?
Mmmmmm. Yes – I can see the connectedness you describe. The environment surely enters into the equation in subtle and even subconscious ways. Stockholm’s cool greys and overcast skies do seem to be reflected in that serene aesthetic. Does it maybe reflect a cooperation, a conformity, a reverence for the landscape? I personally am deeply influenced by nature and my natural surroundings but am more inclined to neutralize my nest in seeking balance. There is so much green grass and leaves all around, infusing the environment with energy. But more energy in the nest is not what I crave. Maybe living with big personalities at home has also been a factor. Rather, I strive for balance. And strong color can seem showoffy whereas white reflects a certain humility maybe. When we bought the Arizona place, the walls were deep reds, oranges, and blues, and I felt overwhelmed immediately. I chose neutrals with strong green undertones, maybe since it brought balance to green missing outside. I am a lunar girl, inspired by the moon and its silvery light. I love the sun, but at this point on the journey, the moon feels more like family. Our son loves color and can’t understand my devotion to white, and he is definitely more of a sun kind of son. 🙂 I also wonder how one’s satisfaction with their location affects choices. I would prefer to live in a sunny climate with mountains and ocean, and there are so many of us who are planted where we stay because of our people, our vocations, and our budgets. What do you think?