How to Make an Apartment Instantly ‘Copenhagen’

Extract taken from Nørth: How to Live Scandinavian by Brontë Aurell. Published by Aurum Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

When you first go to Copenhagen and you visit someone’s apartment, you usually end up
in awe … ‘Are they interior designers?’ you ask yourself. ‘What style!’ you exclaim, tearing
up your insides as you try to forget about your own bedsit hovel with magnolia coloured
walls. Then you visit someone else, and you think ‘Oh, this place looks quite like Søren and
Sofie’s’. Third time around, you know: there is a ‘style’.

Image ©Anna Jacobsen

Image ©Anna Jacobsen

Ten ways to make your apartment instantly ‘Copenhagen’


1. Rip up all carpets and sand your floors. Then paint them white.


2. Paint all your walls white. Yes, all of them, white. If there is a shade of white called
‘Scandinavian white’ or ‘Ringsted white’ or ‘Vesterbro white’, go for that.

Image ©Anna Jacobsen

Image ©Anna Jacobsen


3. Paint all your skirting boards and doors white.


4. Remove all curtains and traces of curtains, because you no longer need them. If you
can’t live without window coverings, add some white, stylish blinds, but make sure that,
when they are up, you can’t see them.


5. Get one colourful statement chair, ideally by a designer from Denmark. Anything with the
word Jacobsen or Wegner is good. Buy a woolly sheepskin from a remote farm in Sweden
and add this to said statement chair.


6. Have one normal chair next to your sofa where you add a stack of books or magazines
with pictures of bearded men. Leave them there.

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Image ©Anna Jacobsen


7. Put just one green plant in the window.


8. Your sofa must be a tasteful colour or stick to black. It must also be simple – none of this
‘all the way to the floor’ business. Legs – and nothing underneath. Thou shalt not add too
many cushions.

Image ©Anna Jacobsen

Image ©Anna Jacobsen


9. Add all or some of the following: one rug (can be colourful), one or two designer posters
of designer things (drawings of chairs or statues). One standing lamp (tasteful, sleek). The
coffee table must be in front of the sofa and it must have thin legs. Two candle holders (the
metal kind, from Illums Bolighus). The bookshelf is allowed to be from IKEA, but must be
‘Is it really from IKEA or not?’


10. Hide your TV, or, don’t have one.

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How to Live Scandinavian by Brontë Aurell.

Published by Aurum Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

Available to buy here.