When researching cool homes, we've found that there are some very common sources for design inspiration. There's "inspired by the couple's travels" or someone's "distinct personal style." More often than not, this results in some really neat spaces. But we love the more random sources, too, and the inspo for this loft in Stockholm's SoFo neighborhood is certainly one we've never heard before: a plaza in Rome, a brown cashmere coat, and a pair of sand-colored sneakers.
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Stockholm-based Note Design Studio took on the task, painting the 1930s-era space in soft beiges and sandy pinks, avoiding stark whites and creating a soft, warm backdrop. Blue-gray storage units installed along the lower walls are a quiet contrast to the rest of the color palette. The streamlined architecture — from built-in cabinets to the minimalist staircase — gives this apartment a sophisticated simplicity, while blue design elements and a muted color palette add personality and keep it from feeling like a typical modern loft.
Cabinets and shelves were built into a niche in the living room, creating a space for storage and display while accentuating the space's high ceilings. Skylights illuminate the room's unfussy furnishings, which complement the blue design elements. The coffee table is a Note design.
The concrete fireplace appears to float above the floor. The geometric design repeats shapes seen in other areas of the apartment, such as the steps of the adjacent staircase and the rectangular wall panels.
Note installed blue cabinets and shelves around the base of the lower level, adding a horizon line that unifies the entire apartment.
The firm took advantage of the space beneath a sloped ceiling by adding a built-in desk that matches the cabinetry in the main area of the apartment.
The fireplace's concrete chimney contrasts with the thin steel staircase that leads to the upper level.
Blue panels cover a wall in the bedroom. Simple shelves and wall-mounted lights make the space functional and uncluttered.
A thin black metal bar is a streamlined storage solution for hanging items like towels or clothes. Soft blue walls coordinate with the darker panels and add to the serene feel of the space.
A black suspension light is cleverly arranged so the cord becomes a centerpiece of the design.