Thursday, January 21, 2010

Scandinavian Color Inspiration - Color on a White Background

Ever since we've the Scandinavian invasion from Ikea and H&M,
many of us can't seem to get enough of it.  While pure Scandinavian
design isn't for everyone, there are many elements of it that anyone
can incorporate into their own modern designs.  One thing ths
Scandinavians do very well with is being able to use color
dramatically on a blank white canvas.

Or a black one...

Here we have white walls with pickled floor boards (great
Swedish floor treatment) with really vivid pops of yellow,
chartreuse and green.  It's just fantastic!

A closer look at those fantastic throw pillows.

Wall stencils make a really great statement - they're especially
great for people like me who can only draw stick figures...

Another example of putting color on a
blank canvas.  Very simple yet interesting.

If you don't want to deal with stencils, how about wall decals!
Love the pink bamboo rug, but love the brightly colored nook
for storage space even more.

Just place them where you want it, stick and unpeel.

Love the color of the towels.

Hope this post has given you some ideas
on how to brighten your white walls.

Photos by Thomas Dahl and from Bolig Magasinet (magazine)


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh.. I am drooling over that white chair.. what a focal point for a room ne?

Jan said...

Populist with good reason.
It's cheerful anyway.
(I can't draw either) :(

Susan Erickson said...

All the bright colour is just fabulous. It has life and energy. Well done. That's what I'm talking about!

Yoli said...

Everything is so airy beautiful and fresh. I have those same birds on the black bookshelf.

KristenB said...

I love the pinks and reds and the pinks and oranges. The purple with the citrus colors is great too!

jamaica byles said...

lovely pops of the bright pinks.

M.Kate said...

Hi Karen, in the past, everyone buys furniture from traditional shops and then Ikea landed. That changed everything. I love how they use simple furniture and colours to make everything else so lively. Most of our stuff are Ikea too. Happy weekend :)

Katherine Lee said...

wall decals are my next project, and these pics are some great bits of inspiration, thanks for sharing!

xo katherine aka. urban flea :)

Courtney said...

i love that bathroom!

latex mattress said...

Everything looks great. When one looks at these, one wonders why so many of these colors are rarely used in other parts of the world. Scandinavian countries also often use bright colors on their home's exterior, which also creates a great effect.

Downpillow said...

WOW! What a awesome decoration you applied. I'll follow some of your decoration concept in my house. Thanks for sharing your creativity. I like your pillow very much :)