Nordic Apartment | Urban Minimalism

Minimalism is a growing trend these days, with an increasing number of people striving for a simpler existence. Many are decluttering their homes or moving to a smaller space in an attempt to unburden themselves of an overwhelming accumulation of material possessions.

There are many different ways to do this and each person needs to find one they’re comfortable with – my way was waiting until I moved out of my apartment (after living there almost a decade) and realizing which things I didn’t care if I ever unpacked again.

Anyone can embrace this lifestyle, all it takes is motivation, creative thinking, a fair amount of compact storage and some clever decorating – which the apartment below is a perfect example of.

What was once a 59 m2 studio apartment has been renovated to add a separate bedroom that also serves as a lower level to a small loft above. The loft is accessible by a spiral staircase which further leads to – my favorite – a skylight that you can open, take a seat in and enjoy a great view of Sweden’s Gothenburg.

There is a noticeable absence of typical in-home knick-knacks, ensuring that the carefully selected items that are in place – simple things such as framed photographs, plants and glassware – get the attention they deserve. This creates a calming environment where one is surrounded by only necessities along with a few items with genuine sentimental value.

High ceilings and white walls give this intimate space a sense of enlargement which is further emphasised by narrow beams and a contrast of black & white decorating.

 

Check out more apartment inspiration: Nordic Apartment: Gothenburg

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Photos courtesy of Alvhem Mäkleri

I’m definitely feeling inspired to move my family into a tiny apartment where less is more and quality outweighs quantity. For further inspiration, I recommend searching “minimalist living” on Pinterest where there are countless tips on clearing out the clutter and transitioning from materialism to minimalism.

For more information about this apartment visit alvhemmakleri.se

Also read: Nordic Apartment: A room with a view