Monday, August 8, 2011

Good Design Finnish Style

There are many lessons one could learn from the design of this small Finnish apartment. How to  -
  • design on a budget,
  • be minimalistic, 
  • incorporate pops of color, 
  • create a wall of inexpensive artwork,
  • create a kid-friendly space,
  • use mismatched furniture in decor, 
  • make a small space look larger,
  • set up visible, organized storage.
Take a look..

Open plan dining, living, kitchen. Love the mismatched chairs.
helsinki fine finnish dining chairs

Origami, a bird and a bunch of straws.
helsinki fine finnish oragami

Basic black-and-white theme allows the use of a pop of color (small doses) here and patterned rug and blue-tipped chair legs.
helsinki fine finnish white chairhelsinki fine finnish chair rug

helsinki fine finnish doorway

helsinki fine finnish tricycle

For an organized look, books and DVDs stacked by color and size.
helsinki fine finnish bookshelf

Magazine pages and postcards taped to the wall serve as inexpensive, easily-changeable artwork.
helsinki fine finnish notecards

helsinki fine finnish record player

Design with kids in mind.
helsinki fine finnish flags

helsinki fine finnish bedroom pillows

helsinki fine finnish windowsill
Gleaming white floors help light reflect creating an illusion of a larger space.
helsinki fine finnish floor

Black contact paper on cabinet front.
helsinki fine finnish drawer detail

Neat light fixture
helsinki fine finnish dining room
Aall images via Dwell photos Petra Bindel

Overall a welcoming, family friendly, cheerful, unique space with a ton of  charm. My favorite element would be the taped artwork and the simple but interestingly effective ceiling light fixture. Do you like the style of this apartment?

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  1. I love this look. Very clean, but still fun. Not sure I could pull it off, but I love it nonetheless.

  2. Wow, so many beautiful ideas. Are all Fins that imaginative? There's something about the Scandinavian mind that seems to prefer simplicity and order. I want more of that! I'm going now to look again at the pics! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I like the combo of white with bright pops of color. The white makes the space feel larger, and the color gives it a whimsical feeling. I'm forwarding this to my sis in NYC - she has a small 2 br apt and is expecting her first baby - I think she could use some of these pics for inspiration. It reminds me of her eclectic style.

  4. I like the idea of sticking postcards on the wall as art.Very eclectic!

  5. This a beautiful photos and great tips. I love the look of clean white interiors mixed with fun colors like that rug and flag banner.

  6. Loving these great spaces, with wonderful pops of color against the white. I adore all the bright artwork!!

  7. Love the white spaces with pops of beautiful colors here and there! My favorite element is the artwork as well. What a fun home! I wish it was mine! :)


  8. These are too stark and not warm enough spaces for me. Although I do feel that they lend a clean, minimalistic approach which is refreshing.