A Taste of Swedish Excellence

Who doesn’t love the simplicity, utility, and beauty of a Swedish interior? Its understated elegance is beloved worldwide, and for good reason – it’s the LBD of interior design, after all.

Beyond being beautifully crafted and attractive, Swedish design tends to be practical. Each design piece serves as a building block that can be mixed and matched with other design elements. From solid to light pastel-coloured prints and heavy traditional patterns, fabrics also play an important role.

With a focus on craftsmanship, materials, and clean lines, the philosophy behind Swedish precision is very evident in everything they design, but especially in theses luxurious homes.

Lakeside Villa in Danderyd, Stockholm

Minimalist and functional yet stylish and innovative, Swedish design often falls under the “less is more” mantra. The perfect example of this is Lakeside Villa in Danderyd, a city on Lake Edsviken in Sweden, Stockholm. This house embodies more than 1640m2 of pure Swedish simplicity.

Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, principal of Stockholm-based studio Belatchew Arkitekter, opts for clear and simple architecture, and applies the same principle to the interior décor. Everything is kept to a minimum, with no over-extravagant accessories to detract from the hero element: space.

Modern-teetering-on-industrial in style, the design pays tribute to nature and craftsmanship with the abundant use of natural materials, such as the wooden interior floors mirrored perfectly by the use of wood on the exterior of the home. In true Scandinavian style, the house is bathed in natural light and simplistic clean lines.

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Väringavägen, Djursholm, Stockholm

While Scandinavian interiors are typically painted white to help keep spaces bright, don’t be fooled by the idea that their homes are stark, sterile spaces. Väringavägen, located at one of the best addresses in Djursholm, Stockholm gets a homely touch with earth accent pieces, such as natural textiles and live plants.

While the colours in this upmarket family home are muted, rich textures are used throughout the home – from the lamps and rugs to the textiles on the couch and on the bed – things are kept very interesting. To help brighten up spaces and to bring in some life, plants are found thoeughout the home.

In essence, Väringavägen is the embodiment of Swedish minimalistic design, while being ever considerate of family-style living and comfort.

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Chalet Lagunen in Hudiksvall, Sweden

Chalet Lagunen is part of the Hölick Sea Resort, which is located in Hudiksvall, Sweden and was designed by Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer. The chalet is surrounded by a lush forest and provides the perfect warm haven to the cold weather outside.

The proposal was a total concept of living, food, services and experiences – including nature, buildings, footpaths, bridges, lighting and signage – to achieve an over-all experience, while keeping a feeling of privacy.

Once again, the interior décor is kept simplistic in style to put more emphasis on the naturally beautiful exterior settings. By focusing on an exciting architecture in wood, inspired by the former tents on the camping, these challets are aimed at more affluent guests.

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Inspired by the luxury of Swedish minimalism? Whether you’re looking to completely renovate your home or simply update one room, our interior décor specialists can help you with minimal interior design ideas that will help you maximise the impact of your next project. Or, shop for clean-lined Swedish-inspired furniture and home accessories at our showroom in Kramerville, Sandton.

For more information on our full-service décor and design services, or to schedule a private consultation, call us on 011 262 5225. Visit our website at www.ddl.za.com to view some of our products, or send an email to info@ddl.za.com.

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