A black and white monochrome kitchen in Gothenburg with a small round table and black Thonet cane chairs and black mosaic splashback.

Photo © Jonas Berg

If only all estate agents took this much care with their properties. I actually despair at the way we sell houses here, home staging is the last thing on any seller’s mind when it really ought to be the first. So while I don’t haunt the UK real estate sites much, I do spend a fair bit of time trawling the Scandinavian ones for the pure joy of the way they get it so right.

This turn of the century apartment in Gothenburg hit me right between the eyes. With the right balance of period features and contemporary design, its most striking feature is a monochrome kitchen with black mosaic tiling. In fact, let’s start there shall we?

Black mosaic tiled wall in a monochrome kitchen with open wooden shelves, high gloss white units and bags of pasta

Warm wooden open shelving creates a homely feel against high gloss white units. © Jonas Berg.

Three black cane Thonet bentwood chairs around a round table in a kitchen.

A minimalist monochrome kitchen with room for a small table to entertain and prepare food. © Jonas Berg.

Classic Thonet coffee house chairs in contemporary black lend themselves to the period of the building, referencing the black mosaic splashback. I’ve yet to see a monochrome kitchen done better, particularly in a modest space.

White living room with white sofa, rattan rug and two grey Mid-Century chairs in an apartment

Photo © Jonas Berg.

Absolutely drenched in light, the white walls highlight the beautiful stuccoed ceilings and tiled fireplace. New parquet flooring brings an element of warmth to the apartment while lofty ceilings give a feeling of grandeur, typical of buildings of its era. I love the touches of terracotta and saffron yellow throughout.

Carefully chosen pieces of art add personality and interest, combining natural woven textures in the large living room rug with tactile ceramic vases and abstract art.

Two grey Mid-Century chairs with a rusty coloured linen cushion and ceramic vases on a glass coffee table.

Black and white collections on display bring out the spice in the linen cushions. © Jonas Berg.

Looking into the bedroom from the living room with white sofa and parquet wood floors.

Photo © Jonas Berg.

Chipboard desk on black trestles in a white living room in a Gothenburg apartment.

An inspiring space to work with leafy views of the neighbourhood. Photo © Jonas Berg.

White tiled Swedish fireplace and bar cart in the living room of a Gothenburg apartment.

Intricate details where cornice meets tiling. A beautiful focal point to sit and admire. © Jonas Berg.

I adore the original Swedish fireplace, although this one isn’t functioning, it’s pieces of historical interest like this that give this home real character.

Minimalist white bedroom with dark blue and grey linen bedding in a Gothenburg apartment.

Photo © Jonas Berg.

A clutter-free bedroom with only the essentials feels open and airy with tall windows looking out onto trees and the contrast as seen in the kitchen is echoed on the bed with dark blue, grey and spice linens and throws.

I’m completely in love with his apartment. It doesn’t shout or work too hard to show off the character and the quality of light is key in making this property feel spacious. What do you think?

Black framed art and black wall lamp in a minimalist white bedroom with a black bentwood chair for a bedside table.

Layered dark linen and cotton in contrasting waffle textures and stripes add depth to a tonal bedroom. © Jonas Berg.

Photography © Jonas Berg for Stadshem.

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