Guest post: Maria from discusses Swedish Design

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

 My name is Maria and I run the popular Swedish blog Inredningsvis, which is all about home decor, beauty, and lifestyle. Today I'm honoured to be a guest blogger here for Stacy - someone I've followed for a long time. Check it out :)

Get the style: 19th Century Swedish living

When it comes to accommodation, Sweden is definitely spoiled for choice with beautiful old houses. I have a category on my blog called "decor crush of the day" where I show homes with that little extra that I've fallen in love with. In this post, I'm going to present an amazingly beautiful 19th Century apartment from Östermalm in Sweden's capital, Stockholm. Wide open spaces, beautiful rounded windows and herring-bone floors are all hallmarks of classic Swedish 19th Century apartments. We Swedes like a spartan, clean style of home decor and have become known for this abroad. Here are some simple ideas to help you get that sought-after Scandinavian 19th Century style at home:

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Light foundation colours: Walls and ceiling should be painted in clean, light and slightly toned white shades. This makes it easier to choose accent colours for finer details and gives an airy and clean feeling.

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 2. Modern details: Using modern, stylish details such as a hot lamp or Danish designer chair can make a good-looking 19th Century apartment great. Quotation posters are HOT in Sweden right now and especially those by the famous artist, Marie Sernerholt.

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Chandeliers: Are the cherry on the top and suit all types of home decor. Like the queen of home decor details, she presides over everything she sees with her crystal light :)

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Mix old and new: This is my motto which I always go on about on my blog. An old apartment needs to have some personal touches and history, so mix old and new decor.

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Large, light and modern kitchen, an old, open fireplace: Two must-haves in a 19th century Swedish apartment. An old beautiful ceramic tile fireplace works well in a living room or bedroom. A large kitchen in white, country style is typically Swedish. Warm woods for kitchen counter tops completes the look.

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 The old classic furniture mixes perfectly with the modern bed decor :)  


Modern wallpaper works GREAT with classic Swedish houses :) 

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 Quite simply, the rules for 19th Century Swedish home decor style are: keep it simple, light, airy, and focus on the right details :) Thanks for reading my guest post here, and I hope you come and have a look at my blog, for more Swedish inspiration and hot home decor tips.
Have a great day, cuties! 
 LOVE Maria - it's all about inspiration.


Thank you so much Maria - I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed this post! 

Emma said...

Great post, Maria! Swedish style always looks so lovely, as shown in the photos here.
Chandeliers are indeed the cherry on top and do suit the home well!
The advice to mix old and new pieces is also an excellent point and a top way to make your home uniquely yours.