2013-01-12

Swedish interior design



Ok, it's time for a rant.

Since I embarked on our kitchen rejuvenation,
I have been thinking a lot about interior design
(ok, I think about that all the time, but it's been even more lately).

In Sweden the focus in interior design is always on the light.
This might sound nice and fresh, but in actuality
it only means that everyone paints their walls white.
Many people almost seem afraid of color.

 There is a strong longing to live clutter free and clean,
and Swedes like to think of ourselves as modern and fashionable.
But many have serious problems adding personality to their homes.


 

 The height of Swedish interior Design. I kid you not.
I know many who live exactly like this.


Working with interior design, I can't tell you how often
I hear people say they need to throw something out before
adding something new to their home. They also have concerns
about what "goes" with what. Classic Swedish insecurities.

Now, I know there is no accounting for taste, but I need to say it:
I hate white walls. White to me is cold, boring, empty, hollow.
I also don't like clean lines, sharp edges or primary colors.
And this Scandinavian fascination with untreated wood? Blah.

End of rant.




 



13 kommentarer:

  1. What a polite rant! But, seriously, I completely appreciate your distress - white seems cold and not nurturing. Yes, it's clean and crisp but stark. Here's a scandalous thought - add a little beige! It's neutral and warm and a great jumping off start. Maybe one of the reasons our ancestors liked white so much was because it represented cleanliness. My grandmother was obsessed with bleaching and sterilizing everything so white was her palette for everything. -- Jan

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    1. That's the first time I've ever seen beige described as "scandalous" ;)

      Radera
  2. I can't stand white walls, either. Here, the colour is called 'renters' white' & is a mark that you don't own your own home. I don't mind untreated wood, but cherry wood (stain or actual cherry wood) is my favorite. I've yet to see the reason to stress out over wall colours...it's just paint! If you don't like it, you can always paint over it.

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    1. My sentiments exactly! It's funny, but many Swedes DO stress out over wall color. "What if I get tired of it?", "What if it turns out too dark?" Aah, horror! Not.

      "Renters white", what a great phrase! I feel that exact way about white walls. When I moved into my house, everyone told me to paint all walls white at first. Like it's a work all, go all. I hated my walls for 3 years (I admit, it did take me a long time to repaint them).

      Radera
  3. That's so funny that Swedes like white - you'd think living in a cold climate everyone would want warm colours and dark wood! Although the clutter-free idea does have merit ... ;o)

    I was just thinking that should we move, how much I'd hate living with white walls again until we could afford to wallpaper them! And although I love the dark walnut stain in this house, next house I can totally see going with an even darker ebony stain.

    So what colour will you be painting your kitchen cabinets then, my dear? Not white, I'm guessing? ;o)

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    1. I agree, I totally crave a dark and cozy home decor. And no, the cabinets are gonna be gray :) I would love to go for a very dark gray, but since we live in a dark cottage with a low ceiling (= hardly any natural light) I might have to settle on a medium gray.

      Radera
  4. I love white walls and clean interiors. If it would be all up to me, I'd use black and white with brown, wooden, or wooden colored stuff...or maybe with some small splashes of colors, maybe purple, or green...but that's about it. And I do mind what goes with what, a lot...I don't like colorful rooms, they're really frustrating for me...and I'm not Swedish! :P

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    1. You would love the way we live over here Lynoire!

      Radera
    2. Maybe I should try it...! ;)

      Radera
  5. Ha ha du har verkligen lyckats hitta de mest sterila o tråkiga interiörerna jag sett. Blä! Nej jag gillar vitt o ljust men det måste finnas färg o värme. Jag är svag för bleka nötta pasteller o flagnande färg. De där som målar precis allting vitt till och med gammalt arvegods gör mig nervös. Jag gillar inte heller när det blir kantigt och kalt en bekant hade tom fyrkantiga vattenkranar, usch.

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    1. Jag sökte på "white swedish interior design" och de här var de första bilderna som dök upp! Jag vet inte hur det ser ut uppåt landet, men jag känner faktiskt många som bor precis så här, som i en ofärdig hotell-lobby typ...
      Men jag håller med dig; Flagnande färg och nötta pasteller är skitsnyggt, och kantigt suger!

      Radera
  6. Oh wow, if a Swedish person comes to visit me, they might suffer a heart attack. I save EVERYTHING. Yep, heart attack lol

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    1. You know, when I walk into a home like this I desperately look for a pretty or interesting item to fix my eyes on, but inevitably come up empty (and feeling empty). I would probably love your home!

      Radera

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