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Nordic Nesting: Unlocking the Secrets to Stylish Stockholm Rentals

Despite its recent explosion onto the international scene, Scandinavian design is nothing new but remains one of the most popular trends when it comes to styling rentals. It evolved in the early 20th century with the fusion of Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, Finnish, and Norwegian styles, and later drew on ideas developed by the Bauhaus movement in Germany. 

In Stockholm, you’ll find some of the most refined versions of Scandi design, the best of which takes the trend to new levels. Whether it’s the use of natural materials such as wood and stone or the incorporation of distinctly Nordic design pieces, there’s inspiration in every room. The urban lofts, family-friendly apartments, and country retreats listed at Rentola Stockholm reflect the minimalist aesthetics and functional elegance we’ve come to expect from Scandinavian styling. 

In this guide, we’ll share tips, ideas, and practical advice for creating your version of Scandi-chic, which blends minimalism and sustainability with a good dose of hygge.

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Ideas that Blend Minimalism and Sustainability

Simplify and Minimize

One thing that Scandinavian design is most definitely not is cluttered and this is important not only on a stylistic level but also in terms of keeping your rental property clean and calm. Bright, light, and open living spaces are always inviting, giving guests the freedom to move about, as well as the room they need to store their belongings. 

That doesn’t mean you have to go for a completely stark or ultra-minimalist aesthetic. It just means being conscious about what you select to include in the space and curating your collection until it feels right. It’s about finding your “lagom”, a Swedish term that means not too much and not too little. 

When it comes to executing your design, try to use pattern and color sparingly while finding balance in each and every space. If you want to include bold statement pieces, contemporary artworks, or richly patterned rugs, balance them with less visually striking pieces that maintain the same color story.

Stick to Neutral Tones…But Not Always…

The all-white aesthetic looks great in magazines but it’s not so practical for rental spaces that are designed to be lived in. Neutral tones such as greys and beiges are a good alternative for walls, as are light-colored woods and other natural materials such as stone. They will help to achieve a cool and calm feel while also adding elegance and depth to your rooms. 

When it comes to decorating the space, don’t be afraid to incorporate colors, particularly grayish blues, greens, and warm tans. Some designers opt to keep to a monochromatic color palette while others follow a nature-based theme with the incorporation of plants and botanical artworks. Bright and bold hues will add a splash of joy to your Stockholm rental, without detracting from the overall natural palette. 

Opt for Quality over Quantity

In recent years, budget homeware stores have overflowed with Scandi-inspired furniture and design objects, making the aesthetic accessible to everyone. But buying cheap, low-quality goods goes against the Scandinavian tradition of investing in high-quality craftsmanship and opting for sustainable design. 

When selecting furnishings, light fixtures, and fittings for your Stockholm rental, look for well-crafted, high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to spend a fortune at upmarket stores and may mean scouring flea markets and antique sales for one-of-a-kind finds. Remember, a rental needs to be practical, so look for design-driven storage pieces and useful furnishings that will be both functional and visually stunning. 

Create Hygge Happiness

While hygge” is actually a Danish term, it’s an idea that complements the gamut of Scandinavian design, particularly when you’re trying to create inviting spaces for guests. It roughly translates as “coziness” or a “comfortable conviviality” that leads to a feeling of contentedness and is all about adding warmth to counter the darkness of Scandinavian winters. 

To achieve this, add objects that generate warmth and comfort, such as woolen blankets, candles, or a fireplace that guests can gather around. It might be adding a reading chair with a pile of books piled up on a coffee table alongside or a choice of loose-leaf tea waiting to be steeped. 

Nature-inspired artworks and textiles also help to add “hygge” to a space, as does the use of natural light to accentuate objects. Ultimately, you want to create spaces that encourage guests to relax and enjoy life’s quieter pleasures, as well as one another’s company. 

Be A Part of the Evolution

As with any trend, Scandinavian interior design is not a static thing and is constantly evolving to accommodate changing tastes and cultural influences. So rather than copying exactly what you’ve seen in a design magazine, don’t be afraid to add your own touches and push the boundaries of the aesthetic. Guests with an interest in design love stepping into spaces that feel completely new, rather than being carbon copy versions of what they’ve already seen before. 

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