In the winter months, when Mother Nature pulls the curtains on the sun in late afternoon, turn to West Sweden and the Skane region for inspiration on ways to usher a healthy dose of cheer into your home.
Scandinavians live in near darkness for many months of the year. They create their own sunshine with bright colors, lots of candles and such summery touches as flowers, greenery and citrus fruits, often artfully arranged under bell-shaped glass cloches.
In Malmo, the hip port city in Skane, the southernmost region in Sweden, residents paint their houses sunny yellow, lime green and citrus orange, a cheerful pop of color against the snow.
Inside, rooms are decorated in light, airy colors to help keep darkness at bay. Think comfy white slipcovers, sky blue throws and pillows, pale birch furniture and bleached wood floors.
More important, consider what you won’t see. There’s no place for clutter in Swedish design. The look is light, pure and spare. —Eileen Smith Dallabrida