A Clean, Monochromatic Apartment in Helsinki

Laura Seppänen Design Agency was hired to design the new, two-room residence of Stina Mäntyniemi, the head of Cosmopolitan Finland. The Helsinki-based interior designer and stylist created an all-white space that was clean and monochromatic, but at the same time, cozy and comfortable. With Scandinavian vibes, this minimalist apartment looks magazine worthy while also being livable.

Crisp white walls, floors, and ceilings set the tone of the apartment and keep things fresh looking. Layered in are elements of black, the occasional grey, and a few green plants. The client didn’t want any rugs or curtains, which tend to soften a space, but other textures were incorporated to help with that.

Besides having no curtains or rugs, the only other wish the client had was to buy a Bertoia Diamond Chair, which is prominently featured in the living room with a black cushion.

The original kitchen was given a minor update with a new faucet, sink, and cabinet doors, as well as painting the hardware a matte black. They also brought in a Carrara marble countertop to round it out.

Photos by Krista Keltanen.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.