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Swedish Home Design

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate

What is Swedish decorating style?

Do you love white linen, pale color palettes, lightwoods and clean design? Do you know those attributes are the hallmark of Swedish design?

Swedish winters are very dark so this style has major appeal for its soft, light colors and wood tones, which serve to lighten interiors even on the darkest of days. Part of this design style also includes whitewashed and pickled floors.

Whitewashing is a technique that allows you to brighten your wood without hiding the grain pattern. Methods for staining woods white vary according to the type wood you’re planning to finish. Whitewashing is best suited for pine. Pickling is a technique best used on oak.

See how beautiful this bathroom looks with it’s claw tub and wide plank whitewashed floors.

Please note that to achieve the best results, the whitewash should be applied to the unfinished wood floors, especially soft wood like pine. After you are done painting a protective finish should be applied. This will go a long way to keeping your floors looking good for years to come.

The finishing piece to Swedish design is the use of sparkle or fun accessories to finish up a room. Look how this gorgeous blue Egyptian glass chandelier pops in a stairwell. Added sparkle in mirrors and touches of gilt give this style a hint of glamour as well.


Diagonal adds Drama

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

A hotel lobby that caters to an international clientele has to find a good balance between old and new. This room makes it look easy.

To start, the flooring is a traditional wood, but the diagonal installation and light color gives it a modern look. This light-toned floor is perfect to showcase a selection of antique oriental rugs. The rugs come in a variety of patterns but the consistent colors hold them all together.

The columns are original to the building, and the whitewash combines a feel of old and new to their texture. New prevails in the rattan furniture. The modern style and simple white cushions helps the pieces work without distracting from the power of the rest of the décor. The dark tone on the rattan anchors the room and complements the rugs.

In spite of the columns, the opening at the back of the room and the layout of the rugs shows a natural path through the space. However, the diagonal wood floor encourages visitors to move from the main path and stop in one of the conversation areas. The diagonal draws the eye away from the lengthwise pattern of every other element in the room.

Would a diagonal floor enhance one of your rooms? Whether you are drawn to the contrast of dark and light or old and new, take a look at this room and see if you can use any of its ideas in your own home.