I recently spotted this lovely Stockholm apartment staged for sale, and I found this look to be effortlessly chic – Polished, but not precious. The longer I gazed at the pictures, the more I noticed styling tricks and elements that contribute to making a space feel elevated without breaking the bank.
Here are a few ideas to steal:
- Go grey -Grey is the perfect neutral: It makes all other colors look great. On walls, it is decidedly more dramatic and moody than a crisp white, but it instantly adds an elegant flair. There is something about grey that I find so calming, too.
- Rich and touchable textures – Velvet upholstery will transform a simple couch from blah to awe, and a soft sheepskin throw is a must-have for a Scandi chic style.
- Sculptural lamps – You don’t need to splurge to create an impact. Sure, Petite Friture’s Vertigo* is not for every budgets, but the large paper pendant* in the living room is only $50 and is a great statement-making piece. Plus: Once lit, the glow adds to the serene and collected vibe.
- Large artwork – For visual interest, a focal point and a wow factor, nothing beats an oversized piece of art. And no need to spend all your savings when shops like Minted*, Opposite Wall or Desenio offer so many beautiful and affordable options.
- Simplified styling – Declutter, curate, and decorate with intent. Extra points if the look is cohesive throughout your home; this can easily be achieved with a consistent color story/palette.
- Trendy details – While I am more in favor of a timeless interior, I think it is nice to refresh your décor with a few ‘it’ accessories. For instance, dried pampas grass* is all the rage, and so are pedestals -anything it supports turns into a sculpture- and sleek, minimal hand soap bottles from Byredo*, Aesop* or Frama.
What do you do to add a little luxury to your home?
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Photos: Nomad Mäkleri
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