I haven’t featured an ‘I wish I lived here’ post for a while but think it’s about time I did! I love seeing how other people make the most of small spaces, and I think this compact, neutrally-decorated 40 sq m apartment in Stockholm is a great example of what you can do to make a home feel bigger. It’s lovely, light and airy with calming colours and beautifully refined details.
I think the key in this home is keeping the colour palette the same throughout the space – it cleverly creates a coherence that ties the different zones of the apartment together. The main space has a bed, sofa and workspace, but they merge together into a whole with muted coloured artwork and similar shaded accessories. The sofa has the shape of a day bed, mirroring the form of the bed on the opposite wall so that they book-end the space. Sculptural lighting also creates cosy corners, a brass light by the bed, a black task lamp over the desk and a chunky bulb by the sofa.
Other space saving tricks include pulling furniture away from the wall to give a sense of space behind them, and using designs with long, slender legs, to give the illusion of space on the floor.
Instead of a chunky bedside table with drawers, a small, simple stool is used to save much-needed space. If you’re tidy and organised, I guess that’s all you need for a book, a pot of face cream and a glass of water.
The woodwork is beautifully painted in a light grey throughout the space. It makes the home look sophisticated and smart.
Even though it’s a small studio, the space has a very refined, grown-up feel. I think it’s the mix of natural materials, well-crafted furniture and earthy tones. It looks expensive, but you could probably get the same look on a budget simply by reducing a colour palette down to one or two colours and thinking about how one piece of furniture relates to another so they complement each other.
The kitchen is my favourite space. It has the look of a traditional painted wooden kitchen, but it has been modernised with small brass handles and a minimal marble splash back.
A small dining space fits next to the window in the kitchen, what a sweet space.
What do you think, could you live here?
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