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African temperament and Scandinavian calm at 45 square meters


How to create an expressive eclectic interior ina small apartment? Today we will tell you how to combine hot Africa and the Scandinavian cold on 45 square meters. This apartment, designed by the designer Alexander White, is in Stockholm, in an old house built in 1895. It does not differ in size and is somewhat similar to our standard apartments built under Stalin. It perfectly suits the African temperament and Scandinavian tranquility.

Dominant color and key accents

Ethnic motives are increasingly attracting attentiondesigners. It is especially fashionable to combine seemingly completely opposite styles. Not everyone is ready to live in a real African home with vibrant colors, predatory prints and terrifying masks. Also, not everyone likes the Scandinavian cold with its inherent white tint. You can experiment and stylize both. The main thing is to choose the main recognizable and unifying style details, color and furniture. The Scandinavian interior is characterized by neutral light shades, simplicity and naturalness. Calmness and purity set this style apart from others. The African interior is notable for its dynamism, bright, predatory prints. Warm colors, which are based on contrasts, prevail. Our opinion: - It seems that these two styles cannot coexist in any way, but, as you know, opposites attract, and with this interior. Natural materials, simple shapes and unusual accent decorative elements have become the unifying link here.

Kitchen: how to melt the Scandinavian cold?

The kitchen is very small, so it is dominated bywhite and glossy surfaces. This helps bring in more light and air into the space. It can be seen that the Scandinavian style prevails here. Rough dark stools, a small animal figurine, exotic flowers and a part of the wall with photo wallpapers dilute the coldness of the interior and bring into it the colors of Africa. The image on it is made in terracotta and brown, which is typical for an exotic African interior. Our opinion: - Folk life and natural materials are key elements in both styles. The kitchen was able to emphasize this. So, on a light table there are candlesticks repeating the motifs of its carved legs, and next to it there are wooden African stools.

Living room divided in half

It is customary to divide space in the Scandinavian style.into equal parts. It was possible to clearly distinguish the living room into two different styles and at the same time weave them together. The room has two windows, thanks to which it was possible to designate the African and Scandinavian zones. So, the part where there are transparent lamps, as if made of ice, indicates that the Scandinavian style dominates in this area of ​​space. On a light wall, there is a painting that resembles the northern lights. On the table is an unusual ink-colored glass vase, in tune with the painting. Candles are used in this apartment as a decorative element. Budgetary and, as it turned out, an attractive option for decorating a home. In the living room, they echo in color with the iconic Barcelona Chair (design 1929) and the light floor. Simple furniture with laconic shapes are all subtle signs of Scandinavian influence. On another window, the horns of an animal lie and eloquently indicate the predominance of African exoticism in this part of the room. There is a table lamp on the bedside table, the leg of which resembles a palm tree. There are also horns, and decorative pillows with animal prints leave no doubt that these are African motives. Warm brown colors dominate this part of the space. To make the room look balanced, another picture was hung in the room. She is located above the sofa, opposite the "northern lights". Only it is dominated by a darker color palette. The table and chairs are also matched in dark colors to match the sofa and carpet. All of them organically resonate with each other not only in color. The patterns and materials on the Scandinavian chairs add African flavor to the interior. The coffee table looks amazingly beautiful. Its unusual shape and mirrored surface bring lightness to the interior and give it an original sound. Our opinion: - Integrity in space creates a light ceiling, walls and floor. The connecting links between them are: a chandelier, a beautiful pouf with a knitted cover and an armchair, which is located between the windows. The result is a pleasant, harmonious atmosphere.

Calm bedroom with an African touch

In the pastel colors of the interior of the bedroomsuccessfully and unexpectedly looks the cloth head of the bed, made in a chocolate shade. Against this backdrop pillows with cute images of ostriches stand out. Adds African motifs to the space and a table lamp with a hint of palm, as well as a small gizmos on the books. The situation in the room is very calm, not screaming, but at the same time very colorful.

On a note!

As we see, significantly transform the spaceare capable: successfully selected color scale, decorative pillows, table lamps, qualitative textiles, flowers and spectacular details. Here are some tips for those who want to create a similar atmosphere in their apartment.

  • Since the African continent is large, stylehas a broad concept and covers different features, the culture of the peoples living in it. Therefore, in the interior design, take as a basis common features. This may be the features of the climate, natural colors and materials specific to a particular locality.
  • Simple forms, minimalism, rough textures,contrast, color and identity are peculiar to the African style. In such interiors predominate brown, sand, terracotta and cream colors.
  • For the Scandinavian style, choose light shades, among which are dominated by gray, bluish or white tones. They blend well with simple light wood furniture.
  • Natural materials and naturalness, key features of both styles. As a decoration you can use masks and animal skins.
  • In the African style, the floor is usually cool, and inScandinavian interior is only warm. You can adjust this contrast with the help of carpets. For example, on a wooden parquet put a carpet of cold shade. Or on the contrary, bright tile to lay a fleecy carpet in the Scandinavian style.