6 Small Space Ideas To Learn From a Beautiful Blue Swedish Pad

6 Small Space Ideas To Learn From a Beautiful Blue Swedish Pad


Why, hello there! I hope you had a great weekend! It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Southern Sweden and I pedalled to work feeling full of the joys of spring (although, also mindful that snow could appear on the forecast at anytime - let's hope not!). Yesterday Per and I went to see how our tiny cabin build is coming along - I'm so looking forward to sharing an update tomorrow. Small spaces are therefore on my mind, and lo and behold, this beautiful 34 square metres (365 square feet) Gothenburg home popped up in my feed this morning. I simply can't believe, it's almost the same size as our little cabin - not only does it look very stylish (and yes, styled!), it also looks really spacious, despite breaking the rules with a darker wall colour HOW? I dissected it to find out what's at play and discovered 6 great small space styling tricks:

1. Round tables - circular tables have a smaller footprint than square tables simply because corners are such a waste of space. Better still, choose an extendable table for entertaining - as well as chairs with the same curve so they can be tucked away under the table and you'll achieve a flexible, space saving dining / work area. 


2. Use the height: OK, this place has envy-inducing, ridiculously high ceilings - but still, one of the biggest mistakes people make is not using the vertical height - crucial when it comes to making the most of every square inch. 


3. Bed nook: evolutionary, we sleep a whole lot better if we feel cosy and safe - so carving out a zone for sleep in which we feel cocooned in some way is key. Here, they've made great use of a nook. if there isn't space for this, you can create your own bedroom zone in a small space using shelving placed perpendicular to the wall, curtains, or screens.  


4. Paint your storage the same colour as the walls: if you want a neat and tidy home, plenty of storage is key. But that doesn't mean it needs to take over. Paint it the same tone as the walls and it will blend into the room to help create a clean, clutter-free and cohesive look. 


5. Make the most of every nook and cranny: a bespoke cabinet has been squeezed into a nook in the bathroom to create storage space. I'd have probably also included an under sink cabinet (like we're planning in the bathroom at our cabin). 

6. Disguise the front door: In a small space front doors can be very prominent - sometimes leading straight into the main open-plan living area / bedroom. A curtain in front of the front door is a great way to create an oasis, plus it helps to keep sounds from the communal hallway and drafts at bay. 

Here's the floor plan: 

I hope this has given you some ideas for your own home! 

Did you spot any clever solutions I missed? Please do point them out in the comments below. 

Here are a few other small spaces to feel inspired by: 

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the week! 

Niki 

Photography courtesy of Alvhem (through whom the apartment is currently for sale). 


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7 Styling Tricks To Learn From a Serene Swedish Apartment

7 Styling Tricks To Learn From a Serene Swedish Apartment


While yesterday's home tour was all about colour and playful elements, this Swedish apartment is all about serenity. When I pour over the pictures of the milky white tones, minimalist decor and soft touches of light wood I feel my shoulders instantly relax. So, what's the trick to creating an oasis of calm for one? Here are seven clever styling elements at play: 

1. Keeping key furniture white helps to keep the look uncluttered, while mixing and matching different designs helps to keep the look interesting. 

2. A very large white fluffy, shag-pile rug adds texture and warmth as well as helps to dampen sound. 

3. Playing with scale immediately adds interest to a space. In the main living room / bedroom a large pendant lamp floats in the centre. 


4. Elfa storage is hugely popular in Sweden as it's really practical and can be tailored to the space you have. These shelves maximise storage by extending all the way up to the ceiling. And great storage also means a clutter-free room. I'd love to see a little more this space, preferably with some closed storage to hide a load of stuff! 

5. A mirror doubles up as a 'looking glass' but also as a tool to reflect light inwards, visually enlarging the room 

6. Bucket storage is ideal for storing books and magazines (I also love to use it in children's rooms as it's so easy to find what you're looking for!). This one is the Douve by Bloomingville*

7. Soft earthy colours help to break up the white look while keeping the aesthetic calm and natural. 


Beautiful! I could totally imagine rocking about here, could you? 

It's a bit small for my family, but if you're interested, it's for sale here

On a different note - I'm not sure if you noticed my announcement the other day - but I'll be blogging four days a week for the time being, with Fridays off. So on this note - I'll leave you to have a fabulous weekend and see you on Monday! 

Niki

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