Frida and Rasmus’s happy mix
The front door stands ajar. It’s the sort of door you want to pick up and take home with you – a lovely slate blue, with carved details. A cat prances across the grass with welcoming little leaps. Even from the doorstep this home feels like an oasis, a lovely doll’s house that makes me want to pull back the roof and peer inside.
A house full of pattern
Here live Rasmus, Frida, Miri and Emerson with their two cats Lasse and Maja (after the beloved kids’ detective series – I’ll leave you to guess who named them!). There are also seven hens pecking around out in the garden. The family bought the house in 2015, and my question as to whether they have done much work on the interiors is met by peals of laughter. I’ll take that as a yes, then.
Rasmus reveals that none of them would truly feel at home in a white house. When renovating their home, white was never an option.
- I always thought we would have some wallpaper. Though we actually started by painting the kids’ room bright blue, he chuckles, before continuing:
- But once we started wallpapering, I just felt that it was the way to go.
- Once we’d wallpapered one room, we were completely sold and just wanted to keep on going, Frida adds.
- It’s so quick to do; you don’t have to tape or mask anything, so you can just dive straight in.
"We're just as happy every time a room is finished"
The house was built at the end of the 1920s and stands on land belonging to Rasmus’s father, surrounded by forest and open space. A stone wall separates the plot from the main road, with a mossy oak tree keeping watch over the front gate. The rain has slowly started to beat against the windowpanes. Rasmus serves coffee in the kitchen while the cats cast furtive glances at the cream-filled semla buns, well aware that they are not meant for them.
- What I like about the kitchen wallpaper is that the pattern is slightly calmer: you don’t really notice it until you get up close, he says, before adding:
- We’re pretty fearless in our transitions from room to room. I tend to think that you can pick out details from one room and incorporate them in the next. These bridge the transition from one room to another.” He says that you can go all out in one room, then make the pattern in the next a little calmer.
But Frida and Rasmus feel confident about their decision to use lots of different wallpapers in their home.
- “I’m surprised at how much actually works together. It suits old houses well, I think, as the rooms can be their own space with their own look. We have a lot of different patterns, but it’s still really nice to walk around the house. My mother really likes the kitchen; she says it reminds her of her grandfather’s old kitchen,” says Frida.
A pattern-rich journey
There is a pitter-patter of kids feet across the floor upstairs. Both kids have prepared their rooms in their own way; Miri by tidying everything away, and Emerson by putting everything on display. He proudly shows off his Lego, dragons, trinkets and ironing board.
- My room is cosy,” he says, carefully ironing the glitter on his T-shirt.
He tells me that he likes leopards and monkeys, and that he chose his wallpaper himself. Miri, on the other hand, prefers slightly calmer patterns and blue-green tones. She picked out the wallpaper for her room, too.
- I didn’t want pink, or anything too cutesy, she explains.
Rasmus’s favourite wallpaper in the house is on their bedroom walls.
- For me, the pattern repeats are super important. Getting them to work is truly an art. If the repeats are bad then the result can come out stripy, even if the pattern itself is organic, he explains.
After some thought, Frida decides she probably likes the wallpaper in the hallway, Strawberry Field, and Waldemar, which is in the dining room, best.
- Both are fairly dark, which gives a snug, cosy feel,” she says.
- With these wallpapers the room doesn’t feel hemmed in. It isn’t so clear exactly where the wall is; you just feel like you’re sitting in a great space.
The semla buns have long since been eaten, and refill number three hits the coffee cups.
- I’m just as happy every time a room is finished. It always looks great once the wallpaper is up, says Rasmus.
The house: Wooden house over two floors, built in 1929.
Who lives here: Frida Karlsson, 37, Rasmus Pettersson, 37, Miri Engström Karlsson, 10, and Emerson Pettersson Karlsson, 4. Cats Lasse and Maja, 1, and 7 hens.
Work: Frida is a recreation instructor at a Montessori school; Rasmus works in purchasing and product development at Ikea.
The best thing about wallpapers: They make every room unique, and it’s so easy to do.
Next project: The upstairs hallway.
The family’s wallpapers
Frida and Rasmus’s home brings together wallpapers of slightly different styles. But that’s exactly what Rasmus and Frida like – the ability to switch up patterns from room to room. They have gone for floral and organic patterns in the wallpapers Chestnut Blossom, Flora and Strawberry Field, playfulness and animals with Wild Jungle, and calm with the slightly muted patterns Stjärnflor and Funkis.