Floor-to-Ceiling Bookcases in a 1950s Swedish Home

A converted boiler plant from the 1950s has been transformed into a characterful four-room apartment with open-plan spaces and floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Architect Boel Losberg Theman designed the conversion of the old boiler plant in the early 2000s, and he let the old construction live on in the large windows and the ceiling height of over three meters, which creates a lovely, airy atmosphere.

The home’s level differences create an exciting floor plan with a large social living space with a clear seating area and kitchen/dining space. The floor-to-ceiling bookcases in the living room bring character to the space and also hide a secret loft reading nook.

The wooden floor and light gray walls create a classic base for the living space, which is decorated with vintage finds, plants, and layered textiles to create a cozy home.

living room with floor to ceiling bookcases
floor to ceiling bookcases with ladder and loft space

The built-in bookshelf, which makes full use of the ceiling height, is as practical as it is stylish interior detail, and at the top, there is an opening to a loft that can be used as a guest bedroom, a play room, or a cozy reading nook.

cozy seating ares with rug and plants

The layered vintage rugs create a cozy vibe to the sitting room.

colorful living room seating nordroom
open plan kitchen living room
open plan living room and kitchen with william morris wallpaper

The living room and kitchen are designed in an open floor plan that invites you to socialize.

round wooden dining table in open plan living space
desk in front of window
the brook wallpaper william morris

The dining space, with its round wooden table and seating bench, is defined by the William Morris wallpaper “The Brook”.

light gray kitchen and round dining table
gray kitchen with white tiles

The kitchen has light gray mirrored doors and drawers with brass handles paired with a graphite gray worktop and white subway tiles. The island has a stylish marble worktop.

scandi kitchen with white tiles
bedroom with red throw
antique dresser

The home has three bedrooms, all are decorated with antiques.

bedroom niche

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styling by Copparstad and photography by Boukari for Historiska Hem