These ten private homes in Copenhagen prove that cool, elegant style comes effortlessly to Scandinavians. Although each of the ten private residences are wildly different from each other, there are style takeaways we can take from each of them.
Even better, each of these fabulous homes is available to rent – and we've provided the details.
1. BLANK CANVAS
White walls and relatively sparsely decorated rooms help to highlight this home owner's collection of curated antiques and artworks without making the mish-mash appear cluttered.
The owners have decorated with restraint, with a muted palette and as much floor space freed up as possible, and the effect is a calm and considered interior – despite plenty to look at.
Meanwhile, the height of the double space is emphasised through the owner's choice of lighting; a single pendant hangs down from a long, thin wire, while two extra long wall lamps are angled down from a height.
The building actually used to be a parish hall – the living space (with its six-metre-high ceilings) was an auditorium where the local church choir would perform. Today, it’s a lively mix of family heirlooms and art with a gallery-like vibe that’s so mesmerising that you’ll want to stay forever.
Enquire online: Choir Song,Copenhagen
This laidback-luxe Copenhagen apartment exudes a kind of tranquillity that’s hard to find in any kind of bustling city. Even though it is an apartment, it feels a little like a castle in the south of France, and every corner tells a different story. Clean Scandinavian lines mix with Spanish-style tiles, stucco detailing on the high ceilings, Moroccan baskets, and olive green walls that are reminiscent of summers in Italy.
We particularly love the painted floor boards, relaxed linens, rustic wood pieces and the way that artworks and the mirror have been casually propped up against the olive-green walls.
Embellished wood panelling, herringbone parquet floors in the dining space, elegant design pieces and clever details like this ultra-thin painted radiator keep this space feeling luxe.
Even the dining space strikes the perfect balance between elegant and relaxed.
Enquire Online: Cinderella's Twin, Copenhagen
3. GO BIG OR GO HOME
A wild contrast to the typically restrained Scandinavian style, this property mixes in classic design pieces with random objects, bright walls, neon signs and traditional panelling. And oddly, it works.
This residence feels more like an art gallery, with things catching your eye at every turn.
This home is experimental to its bone, and it directly calls into question what art is. From artworks by Sophie Calle to the unique table by JO Nagasaka, this home is a visual feast for the eye.
Enquire Online: Technicolour Voyage, Copenhagen
4. INVESTMENT PIECES
A 1920s villa, this suburban Copenhagen family home is one of those homes that seems to have come straight out of a Livingetc magazine. Brimming with bright, natural light, it packs marble floors in the bathrooms, a regal staircase, and a mix of modern and classic design furniture.
Again, the approach to the interiors is considered, with simple rooms so that the statement investment pieces – from sculptural floor lamps to designer furniture – can shine through.
Enquire Online: The Art Director, Copenhagen.
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5. CONTRAST OLD AND NEW
This two-bedroom home has a grandiose and illustrious feel, with original wood panelling, an ornamental fireplace and lots more period features – the perfect backdrop to more modern furniture pieces and lighting.
The combination of the lively colour palette – including bubblegum pink in the bedroom – and the contemporary Scandinavian design mixed with lavish textures makes this a one-of-a-kind home in the centre of Copenhagen.
Another contrast of old and new is the way in which wall panelling has been highlighted in gold paint.
Enquire Online: A Royal Affair, Copenhagen
6. PATTERN CLASH
This Copenhagen home is a lesson in pattern clashing. It's a treasure trove of eclectic pieces, vintage finds, fun upholstery fabrics and Farrow & Ball wallpapers.
There's a funky mix of contemporary art, vintage furniture and colours all set in a lovingly restored 18th-century building. Part bohemian sanctuary, part design gallery, this home is one of a kind.
The host has spent years handpicking everything from the distinctive 20th-century folk art to the artworks by Tómas Saraceno, Nathalie du Pasquier and François Halard. There's print and pattern at every turn.
Enquire Online: In Full Bloom, Copenhagen
7. MIXED MATERIALS
Grand and luxurious, this Copenhagen home boasts high ceilings, adorning stucco details as well as Danish design furniture.
We love the mix of materials; marble on wood, blue velvet on brass, rustic wood table tops sitting above polished parquet floors, and brass fittings in the marble bathroom.
The Yves Klein blue details throughout the property really pop.
Enquire Online: Artichokes, Copenhagen.
8. STATEMENT LIGHTING
In this striking Copenhagen home, inspiration comes at you from every angle, with a creative mix of bold, bright colours, Danish design furniture, picture-perfect green plants, and beautifully restored period features.
The striking apartment feels simple and uncluttered, letting a few key pieces like this trio of sculptural pendant lights do the talking.
Enquire Online: An Apple For The Teacher, Copenhagen
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9. MUTED PALETTE
Not only is this Copenhagen home incredibly stylish with its high ceilings, elegant design, and cosy corners, but the building also has a fascinating history. Built in 1687 as a winter residence for the Holstein family, the mansion later belonged to the royal family for forty-five years. Today, it’s a listed building found in the heart of Copenhagen. One of our favourite things about the interiors is the muted colour palette – the Danish owners have found the perfect shade of off-grey paint.
All of the interiors feel cosy, modern and elegant, largely owed to the stone-y shades, the luxe materials and Scandinavian design.
Enquire Online: Princess Alexandra, Copenhagen
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10. HALF 'N' HALF
We love how this entire apartment has a strip of olive green wrapped around the bottom of the walls, unifying the space and making it feel cosier.
The paint runs through into the kitchen, and even flows over onto the front door. But this property has other cool ideas too, like the Crittall-style walls that aid a flow of natural light, but with velvety curtains providing privacy when needed.
We also love the hanging headboards – hung up by equestrian-style buckles.
Enquire Online: Doing Good, Copenhagen
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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