Every now and then we get questions about the colour “Stockholm-White”. Is it called Stockholm white because all homes in Stockholm are painted white or is it actually a colour? Both alternatives are correct :) I wrote about it in this post, about a year ago, when investigating the Stockholm interior style on my hunt for an apartment to buy. Now there is no absolute agreement on the colour code, but many paint sellers hold it is NCS 0502-Y. A standard colour in Sweden or simply a broken white, with a bit of yellow added. A warmer white. Also called Antique White. To be even more specific the suggested colour is 5% black, 2% yellow and 93 % pure white. To summarize the debate on the perfect wall-white, some holds Stockholm-white to be too yellow, and call it “chain smoker-white”. However, most Swedes agree a straight white is too cold, it’s like living in a snow-hut.
The product sample? Well, take any real estate ad from Stockholm City really. There’s lots to choose from. I closed my eyes and picked this kitchen from an attic apt listed for sale at Mäklarhuset.
…and you know Henen, she’s decorating – or rather refurbishing – her new London house right now and hasn’t sorted the internet connection out yet so I need to tell you this. She took the Stockholm White colour code to a British paint seller last week and made them break it for her. They had never heard of this colour…! Oh dear. Now she happily carried 10 L of Stockholm white home, tried it out and guess what happened?
I have nooooo idea! But she says it’s tooo yellow. So now she’s bought a huge bucket of snow hut white to mix it with. She might end up with the perfect wall-white now. We’ll see when she reports next. And of course, a bunch of fresh trendey home pics are coming your way soon.