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How This Couple Gave Their Decades-Old Home a Modern Scandinavian Makeover

The transformation looks gorgeous!

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In 2018, couple Christian and Jelyka moved to Norway from the Philippines and bought a 1920s home, where they could settle in. "It was a fixer-upper house," Jelkya shares in an email interview with Real Living. "but since we didn't have that much budget for a more modern house, we decided to take on the challenge of [giving this home a makeover,] one room at a time." Naturally, the Norway-based couple envisioned a Scandinavian design for their new living space.  

Master's Bedroom 

"The first room that we tackled was the master's bedroom," she shares, which used to look a bit dull and gloomy. "We painted one accent wall to give the [white] room some dimension." The couple then went for a muted palette for the rest of the space to balance things out. "We also bought decorations and spray painted some old stuff." 

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Bathroom

The bathroom looked very outdated, according to Jelyka, but all it needed was some fresh paint to look modern and sophisticated. "We [painted] the tiled walls white, which was a long process. Then, we painted the cabinets in a matte black hue." For an elegant contrast, they finished it off with gold cabinet and drawer knobs. 

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Kitchen 

After painting the walls and cabinets white, Christian and Jelyka's old dark kitchen now looks more airy and spacious. "We also removed one upper cabinet [since] it was making the room look heavy." 

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Entryway

To make their entryway more inviting, the couple painted the walls in a cheerful, sunset-like orange hue. They also decorated the small area with a large round mirror, which helped open up the space. 

Living room 

The new color on the walls instantly transformed the couple's living room! 

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