I’ve always lusted after Scandi-style white wooden flooring and before we shot our flat for the Bright.Bazaar book I was finally able to get a slice of my flooring-shaped dream! I went halves with my landlord to replace the carpet in two of the rooms for white laminate flooring and it has proved to be the perfect base to layer in brighter accents, from both fundamental pieces of furniture to smaller soft furnishings and textiles. I’m excited to share the results of how it looks in my home inside my first book next year.
Today I wanted to put the spotlight on this stylish Scandi dining room as a fine example of how to make warm up whites for winter. Decorating with white in the dining room needn’t result in the room feeling cold, especially if you layer in blue accents across the space. Here we see how painting the inside of the cabinet powder blue and a series of dining chairs in cadet grey create a warmer atmosphere in the otherwise all-white space. A lone pop of yellow in the vase may seem like a small addition of colour but it plays an important role in grounding the dining furniture within the scheme. As the majority of the fundamental elements in the room are white – white washed floors and painted white walls and furniture – they could easily blur into one making the space look messy and unstructured; this shot of citrus anchors the table and draws the eye down to create a focal point. What inspires you about this stylish dining room?
// Photography by Klikk
It’s always nice to happen upon a scheme that uses an enveloping dark base palette, especially in a bedroom because it makes for a lovely cocooning feel. As this space proves, an all over dark bedroom needn’t feel, well, dark! In fact, with carefully layered brights dark decorating schemes can feel lively and festive. In this loft space we can see how a printed, antique-effect fabric has been juxtaposed with a neon wool to hang it from the dark wall behind the bed. This helps to break up a large expanse of painted brick wall; the wool hanging down the side helps to frame the fabric as it provides visual bang against the dark background. Colour block bedding also helps to bring colourful cheer to the space while also drawing the eye downwards making the high-ceiling room feel more intimate and cosy. I love that this bold and darkly decorated bedroom becomes a riot of colour and interested texture thanks to layer accessories and textiles. What do you like about the marriage of dark and brights in they bedroom scheme?
// Photography by Woodsfolk, via
The moment I set eyes on the entryway featured in today’s Palette Addict post I knew it was perfect for Bright.Bazaar. This is a fine example of a simple yet creative idea for decorating with colour and the boldly painted floor for an entryway or boot room makes total sense. This scheme works because it strikes a stylish balance by pairing a strong and vivid green for the painted floorboards with a monochromatic palette there up on the walls and furniture. By keeping the main introduction of hue to the floor only it gives it added emphasis in the scheme; just a few small splashes of the green are needed elsewhere in the space to punctuate the black and white palette. In this example the floorboards create a natural pattern which works well to soften the block addition of such a strong shade. Have you ever painted a floor in a hot hue? What colour would you choose if you were to paint a floor in your home?
// Photography by Karin Foberg for Hus & Hem