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Color Inspiration From Sweden

I think we could all use a little color inspiration today! I’m already seeing it in stores here, but mostly in pastel tones for Easter. I’m thinking we turn up the volume this year and make the pastel-filled Easter a bit more graphic and strong. Perhaps mix your pastels with some stronger shades of the same hue (pale yellow with mustard, for instance, adding in some black for strength). These colorful rooms from Swedish magazine Skona Hem may spark some ideas for you.

Color Inspiration

Color Inspiration

Color Inspiration

Do any of these looks excite you? Spot any corners that you’d like to try at home this Spring?

(images: skona hem)

Posted by decor8 in Color Inspiration on January 14, 2011

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  1. Sarah Gunn commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 2:15pm

    What a great way to start my day on this dreary winter morning! I love Swedish inspired design; tt makes me want to hop on a plane and move back there.
    Sarah Gunn´s last blog post ..Honesuckle- My Happy Colour

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  2. rowena commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 2:18pm

    I’m really feeling drawn to the bolder, darker colors lately. I’m feeling whited out, I think. Or maybe I’ve always liked the darker shades, and the whitewhitewhite was just a phase for me? Pastels have never done it for me.

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  3. anthonie commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 2:21pm

    Simply beautiful. I’ll like it for my home.

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  4. laura trevey commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 2:21pm

    Love the color burst of yellow and pink ~ spring is around the corner!
    laura trevey´s last blog post ..Bright Finds- Modern Mouse Pad

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  5. Julie commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 2:33pm

    I love the upper right picture of the mostly white living room with this huge green picture at the wall. It’s such an eyecatcher without demolishing the feeling of the room. Also the picture down right with this bright pink wall – looks amazing albeit a bit too much for actually realizing something like that in my own home.

    I’m actually myself in a kind of search for the best look in our home. We’re living there for half a year now and most of the work is basically done – but there’s still some spots where I’m not really content with.

    And now that the winter seems to have abandoned the snow here in Germany, some colour is really needed. I’m already looking so much forward to spring!

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  6. Sally commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:16pm

    The blue and white diamond wallpaper is amazing! It looks so classic, I love! :)
    Sally´s last blog post ..love this room

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  7. tinajo commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:22pm

    I love it – but then I´m swedish, so maybe it comes in my blood! :-D
    tinajo´s last blog post ..This will be a great weekend

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  8. cecilia commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:26pm

    These colors (because they are on trend) were the inspiration for my blog’s logo design – the 3 colors – peacock blue, chartreuse green and a hot-muddied pink.

    My girlfriend, who lives in London, told me after she saw the colors on the blog, that the Prada store windows had mannequins dressed in bright (toned-down) neons and each one had peacock socks with heels on.

    Good Eye ;)!

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  9. Marcela commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:32pm

    Love the colors ! :)
    Marce
    Marcela´s last blog post ..Marimekko

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  10. Margarida commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:38pm

    From Sweden with a portuguese accent :-) on the last set of pictures.
    Margarida´s last blog post ..Sneak Peak

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  11. Ele commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:43pm

    I’ve never liked pastels, so Easter decor isn’t usually to my taste. Love mustard though, and lately, the pairing of it with lots of moody blues. The image above (yellow pegs on the blue wall) is lovely!
    Ele´s last blog post ..The Good Gift- Quinoa and Lentil Stew

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  12. karen @ our slo house commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:43pm

    I love the entomology prints. Insects are always so beautiful.
    karen @ our slo house´s last blog post ..to do list

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  13. Carolyn commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:44pm

    Well… I’m in love with the wooden head board in the first picture. I wish I was brave enough to use the acid yellow in the top right corner, but perhaps go for something a little more mustard and warm to start with. :) Thanks for the ideas.
    Carolyn´s last blog post ..Inspiration for the new year

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  14. Liz commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:54pm

    Oh! I love strong whites with bright colors! Rooms like that just make me happy and energetic! (So needed this time of year with our 8 hours of cloudy sunshine.)

    Love the picture! Thanks

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  15. Cathy commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 4:04pm

    This is exactly what I needed on a dreary winter day! I love the rooms with the pops of color as well as the contrast between the royal blue and white.

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  16. Christine commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 4:07pm

    Gorgeous. There is something about chilly weather that makes me crave COLOUR – especially bright pink and yellow!
    Christine´s last blog post ..Must Eat- Pomegranates

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  17. Leigha commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 4:32pm

    Gorgeous Holly! I love the color of the last image – very ‘Honeysuckle’ (the 2011 Pantone Color of the year!).

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Leigha
    Leigha´s last blog post ..Its a tie

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  18. Charlotta {ohlovely.se} commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 4:37pm

    I recently discovered your blog. I love the design and the content. Thank you for a the inspiration!

    /C
    Charlotta {ohlovely.se}´s last blog post ..Söta koppar från Indiska

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  19. Vanessa Elizabeth @ Ruffled Rose commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 4:42pm

    So many great ideas! I love the display with the butterflies all over it. It’s a perfect disruption.
    Vanessa Elizabeth @ Ruffled Rose´s last blog post ..dream a dream of drapes

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  20. Beth commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 5:04pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. I’m really feeling the Swedish inspired design. We’ve moved into my husbands old (over 100 years) family home. It’s in need of some light! So I’m going to run with the beautiful Swedish design inspirations! Thank you for the images and all the links to such beautiful sites!

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  21. Stevie-Lyn commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 5:43pm

    Love them all, but in particular, the last bottom-left photo with the teacups. I love the use of gray for the base, and then sprucing it up with bright colors!

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  22. sarah commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 5:52pm

    Oh Spring hurry up and get here! I am so into the crate trend right now so I have to say I love the teacup image as well as the frilly fun skirt on the upholstered chair. Too cute! Thanks for sharing
    sarah´s last blog post ..Lacy Little Things

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  23. kalanicut commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 6:56pm

    I like the color bursts. I like mixing the hues up a bit that gives me a broader palette to work with on a couple of home projects right now. That’s exciting. Thanks for opening up my mind set a bit today! Have a great weekend.
    kalanicut´s last blog post ..Stylizimos Nina Holsts Gorgeous DIY Projects

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  24. shannon commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 7:37pm

    love all the small and large bursts of color!

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  25. Gem commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 9:29pm

    Absolutely adore the sunshine yellow cabinet; I’m hoping to expand into reworking vintage furniture later this year and these are just the kind of colour palettes that inspire me. Thanks so much for showing off these wonderful schemes!
    Gem´s last blog post ..Birdcage Cushion – Pillow Muted Mint and Cream

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  26. ARTiculateART commented
    January 15th, 2011 at 5:50am

    Love the way they match the rooms! I especially love the room with the purple and yellow (the first picture on the top left corner) and I’m not even a yellow person!

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  27. Nuttula commented
    January 15th, 2011 at 9:54am

    Hi, love some color for the change! I especially love blue tones. Can I ask you how to find those little things to put cards on my wall (like in the pic “Sky, ocean, blueberries…”? I have searched for them for ages, I don’t know how they are called in English. They would be so handy. Thanks!

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  28. betty commented
    January 15th, 2011 at 10:30am

    a splash of color is always fun!
    greats ideas! thanx.
    :)

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  29. Camilla commented
    January 15th, 2011 at 11:58am

    yellow and pink are so lovely together…. Good taste! ;)
    Camilla´s last blog post ..Wabi Sabi- la nuova frontiera dellestetica giapponese

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  30. margaret commented
    January 15th, 2011 at 9:37pm

    These are so cheerful. they do make me want to find places in my house for those intense pinks and yellows!
    margaret´s last blog post ..Daily Painting 236- tip-toeing into the unknown

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  31. margaret commented
    January 15th, 2011 at 9:38pm

    I really like all these lovely interiors, and the cheerful tea cups. In particular I’d really like to pet some bright yellow and pink in my house!
    margaret´s last blog post ..Daily Painting 236- tip-toeing into the unknown

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  32. margaret commented
    January 15th, 2011 at 9:39pm

    oops, I guess i have not mastered commenting…
    margaret´s last blog post ..Daily Painting 236- tip-toeing into the unknown

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  33. YannPendaries commented
    January 16th, 2011 at 1:30am

    I just discovered your blog and love your selections, where the art of home decor is very well represented bravo

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  34. Eva commented
    January 16th, 2011 at 3:19am

    All of these photos are fantastic and so inspiring! So much beautiful color and unique arrangements!
    Eva´s last blog post ..Keep moving forward

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  35. Lisa - An Illustrator's Life in London commented
    January 16th, 2011 at 8:11pm

    Love all of them!! Swedish interior design is the best in the world! :)
    Lisa – An Illustrator’s Life in London´s last blog post ..Party Outfit

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  36. Somnia commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 7:42am

    Hej Holly!

    Is so exciting look this pictures from Sweden! Actually is pretty easy for me recognise that is swedish decoration… after 4 years all this atmosphere, clean but on the same time so warm, is very familiar for me!

    I loved the pink room! but the second picture, the white room with the yellow painting, remember me my friends house, ikea decoration and my ex house there…

    see you!

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  37. D'Homez commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 9:11am

    Lovely, beautiful, outstanding. Love the Sky, Ocean, Blueberries. It will transform your home into something cool and calm place which would always give you positive vibes.

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  38. ana commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 1:17pm

    Although I find all the solutions interesting, I love the mirror on the blue wall with the door knobs to hold jewelry.

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  39. Casa e Cose commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 1:42pm

    oh those red velvet armchairs! And the yellow – how up lifting!
    Casa e Cose´s last blog post ..Adorable…organic baby wear from Oii!

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  40. currystrumpet commented
    February 1st, 2011 at 7:29pm

    These colors are so fun! I just moved into a new apartment and I’m really excited to fix it up. Most of my furniture is white and natural wood and I’m torn between a bold yellow or a strong cobalt blue for my accent. I have no idea how to choose!

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  41. Suma commented
    May 22nd, 2011 at 10:18am

    These are really inspiring. This is an amazing find. Thank you.

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