Take a tour around a colourful Scandi eco home

Open living is the theme of this contemporary home, built by Swedish house experts Jorntrahus and designed by stylist Maggie Colvin.

Open living is the theme of this contemporary home, built by Swedish house experts Jorntrahus and designed by stylist Maggie Colvin. Inspired by the house company's wood-based eco structures, the interior is full of sleek, streamlined Scandinavian style.

An airy atmosphere fills the open-plan living room, partly due to the glass staircase and open mezzanine floor, while tactical spot lighting and uplighting add to the bright feel. Neutral furniture and flooring allow the vibrant wall paint and zesty accessories to take centre stage.

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living room with yellow wall and sofaset with cushions

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hallway with yellow wall and wooden staircase

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An unused corner under the stairs is transformed into a cosy hideaway with comfortable seating and a neat console table. The warm yellow shade works with the dark wood furniture to create an updated colonial vibe. Canvases have been covered in yellow and lime floral fabrics, from Marimekko, for a quick and easy, homespun update.

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living room with yellow wall and white wooden shelves

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In order to boost this house's eco credentials still further, the paint - which is a massive feature in this contemporary interior - all comes from Dulux's Ecosense range.

Sold in packaging which is  20% recycled, the paint is 90% less solvent than standard emulsions and has carbon footprint that is 50% lower than other ranges, highlighting Dulux's commitment to reducing fuel consumption and the use of hazardous chemicals.

However, no compromise has been made on the paint's stunning colour, which is echoed in the fresh accessories and craft-based wall art.

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kitchen room with purple wall and kitchen chimney

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Sustainable features can be found throughout the home, including the giant lampshade in the kitchen, designed by Sarah Turner, which is made out of 360 recycled Coke bottles! The sleek, modern Poggenpohl kitchen is packed with eco-friendly solutions including flow-resistant taps and energy-efficient appliances from Siemens.

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utility room with printed orange wall

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Utility rooms can often be forgotten about in terms of style and colour, but you'd be hard-pressed to ignore this bold space. The walls are coated in Dulux's Flame Frenzy, with a white bicycle wall stencil acting as a refreshing and eclectic focal point. Keys are organised with colourful homemade tags in a wall-mounted wooden post rack.

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cloak room with photoframe on wall and white washbasin

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Colour is continued in the cloakroom, where a feature wall is covered in a purple and silver geometric-print Dulux wallpaper. A simple black-and-white photo is mounted on card with a handwritten message, then framed for a quick, easy and cost-friendly update for your walls. We also love the zesty lime hand towel against the heather hues of the wallpaper - it's an instant decorating pick-me-up.

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bedroom with pink walls and pink with white striped bedding set

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We loved this petal-pink girl's bedroom with its fairy-light adorned carved mirror and ballet shoes stencil over the bed. Artist Alice Milner's quirky faux-shelf, adorned with paper plates, stencils, embroidery, and wooden letters from Posh Graffiti, makes an individual focal point - this can be seen reflected in the mirror.

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bedroom with wooden flooring and two floor cabin bed

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Blue for boys! This fresh-feeling little boys' room is cleverly divided into zones for its inhabitants, using homemade stripy canvases to mark out whose area is whose. White, space-saving furniture from Chic Shack and blue bedlinen from Runaway Coast create a coastal feel in this room, while aeroplane wall stencils from Wall Glamour make a subtle addition.

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bedroom with floral printed blue wall

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This bedroom is packed with glamour. Everything in it makes an impact, from Dulux's eye-popping blue-and-silver damask wallpaper, to the French-style upholstered bed and bright bubble-base lamp. Crisp white bedlinen and neutral soft furnishings ground the striking feature wall, without diluting its impact.

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bathroom with white tiled walls and white bathtub

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There are plenty of coastal-style design elements in this eco home and the bathroom is no exception. Here, a hand-crafted ornamental boat is placed next to the bath and, along with the Forest Falls green paint and striped bathmat, adds interest to an all-white suite. Flow-resistant taps are another energy-efficient feature.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.