Northern Delights, Nordic Colour & Swedish Interiors

The popularity of Scandinavian design and northern European style remain stronger than ever. Our three ‘Books of the Month’ in partnership with Potterton Books, explore our current ‘Northern Lights design insight which centres on arts and crafts minimalism, natural materials, open spaces and the relationship between form and function.

Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark all feature. The books examine understated tones, bold blue accents against all white interiors, jewel-tones, grey shades, warm rustic woods, natural textures, nature motifs and intelligent, simplistic design.


Northern Delights reveals why hardly any other interior or product design is so timeless, so functional, so aesthetic, and of such high quality as that of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. The book’s stunning selection of Scandinavian design ranges from individual products to skillfully staged living spaces.

Although it also presents iconic designs, the book focuses on the work of young talents who are consciously building upon local sustainable design traditions and further developing them in a way that is consistent, intelligent, and reflects an unerring sense of style.

In the chapter ‘Raw Edges’ the stories feature sustainable architecture, skilled craftsmanship and the repurposing of materials. Plastic is banned, replaced with the likes of porcelain, concrete and glass. Woods in all colours are used on floors, walls, ceilings as well as furniture.

Get the look: Try Villasse Ash for an organic look floor and Perthshire wood effect porcelain for a timber type feature wall.

Northern Delights showcases classic, minimal, rustic, and pop styles that are united by their simplicity, functionality, and love of light. The included examples show how the grains of different woods, the clarity of coloUred glass, the cheery coloUrs of fabrics and patterns and the overall quality of craftsmanship contribute to creating simple, inviting and very comfortable spaces.

Whether the featured work was created for residences, offices, or any other rooms, in a Scandinavian interior, everyone feels at home.


Scandinavian style has long been associated with light, clean-lined spaces or pared-down monochrome interiors. However, in recent years the colour palette has seen a dramatic shift away from pale, cool shades and dramatic, darker and more characterful hues have begun to appear in stylish Nordic homes. Why have the Scandinavians suddenly welcomed colour in this way and how is it being used?

As well as discussing the theories behind this shift and analysis of the most popular colour schemes, in New Nordic Colour interiors writer Antonia af Petersen offers expert advice on choosing colour for your home. She goes on to visit 10 Nordic homes that are divided into three different types. 'Dark Eclectic' schemes feature deep, intense hues: dusk blue, storm grey, forest green and indigo, all inspired by the more dramatic tones of the Nordic landscape. 'Bold Accents' focuses on the details that stand out and add character – think deep red berry bushes or the russet tones of the northern birch forests in Autumn. Finally, in 'Majestic Pastels' Antonia provides a glimpse into interiors decorated in strong but subtle pastels for a remarkably modern effect.

These unique Nordic homes all have one thing in common – plain white walls and monochrome palettes have been replaced with rich, complex and vibrant hues. 

Get the Look: Combine simple white ceramic tiles such as Metro White with 4D Blue Chevron wall tiles and a Nero Parquet black limestone floor


A well-designed Swedish room, whether an antique-filled country home or a contemporary industrial loft space, has a calm and feel-good quality that literally permeates the atmosphere. See how some of the most authentic advocates of Swedish design are using these ideas in their own homes, places of pure beauty and simplicity.

The fundamental concepts of Swedish design are in full play at each location featured and are important qualities to incorporate into a home-those of functionality, quality of materials, light, preservation, art, eclecticism, colour, sense of place and a deep reverence for nature.

Get the Look: Black-and-white marble floor tiles provide a backdrop for the stylish clean lines of Scandinavian design. Try Venetian Chequer for a similar look.

Featured in the book are projects by designers Eleish van Breems, 2Michaels, Liza Laserow, and Jonas Wickman with a look into the private homes of Barbara Paca and Philip Lloyd of Preservation Green, Mick Aarestrup and Paula Batali of Lief, Tara Shaw of Tara Shaw Inc., Jill Dienst of Dienst and Dotter, Ann Ljungberg and Rajesh Kumar of Just Scandinavian, international stylist Ingrid Leess, and designers Patricia Fischer of Patricia Fisher Interiors and Linda Kennedy of Meredith Baxter Home.

The elements of Swedish style are broken down for the reader with inspiring photos and directives and a Resource Guide is provided for further exploration. Forewords by Brad Ford and Keith Granet. Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems are the founders of Eleish van Breems Ltd., a company whose approach to design stems from a modern application and interpretation of historic Scandinavian interiors and form. Their design work has been featured in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, Glamour, Country Living, Gods & Goddar, and the New York Times, among others. Both live with their families in southwest Connecticut and travel extensively in Scandinavia, calling Stockholm their home away from home."


To order any of these three books please contact Potterton Books either email or call +44 (0) 1845 501 218. Visitors to Potterton Books in Sessay are also welcome during office hours, or by appointment at weekends.

Interested in the ‘Northern Lights’ look? Read our blog here and enjoy 133-pins of inspiration with our new ‘Northern Lights’ Pinterest board.

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