What colours did the Vikings paint their houses?

Archaeologists in Denmark are busy building one of the largest experimental archaeology reconstruction projects. But what colours would the Vikings have used?

Reconstructed Viking Long-House

Photo: Sagnlandet Lejre

Did Vikings paint their houses white or red? Which colours were popular, and when?

These questions were the focus of a furious debate among researchers during a seminar entitled “Colourful Vikings” hosted by the Centre for Historical-Archaelogical Research and Communication in Denmark (as also known as Sagnlandet Lejre).

Archaeologists at Sagnlandet Lejre are currently reconstructing a full sized royal Viking hall.When finished, it will measure 60 metres long, be slightly oval shaped, and built from planks of oak. But exactly what colours the original hall was painted with, remains a mystery.

Source Science Nordic

Carl Kylberg: With colour beyond the surface

Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
18 June – 25 September, 2016

Den flygande holländaren

Den flygande holländaren

Flowing brushwork and vibrant colours distinguish the Swedish artist Carl Kylberg’s (1878-1952) paintings of landscapes, figures and still lifes. He combined his artistic practice with a spiritual quest that imbues his oeuvre with an existential dimension. The dissolved shapes in his works were debated in both art and politics.

This exhibition shows parts of Kylberg’s entire body of work, from the early paintings and cartoons from the 1910s, the children’s books and more colourful paintings from the 1920s, to his famous classical motifs from the 1930s and 40s. Kylberg’s breakthrough to the wider public came late, but he is counted as a key figure of Swedish art since the 1930s. The exhibition highlights the artist role and puts his paintings in the context of the period before, during and after the Second World War. For more information, please click.

Oomph – The women who mad Sweden colorful

Malmö Konstmuseum
4 June–4 September 2016

Design Viola Gråsten

Design Viola Gråsten

An exhibition about the women who made revolution in the linen closets, the living rooms, the textile and clothing industry and put Sweden on the international design map. With designers such as Viola Gråsten, Monica Bratt, Katja of Sweden, Astrid Sampe and Greta Grossman.

Design Monica Bratt

Design Monica Bratt

Georgia O´Keeffe retrospective

Tate Modern: Exhibition
6 July 30 October 2016

Visiting London this summer. Don´t miss Tate Moderns Georgia O´Keeffe retrospective. A rare opportunity to see over 100 remarkable works by this pioneer of twentieth-century art.

Georgia O’Keeffe is best known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls, and New Mexico desert landscapes. This exhibition includes important works, such as Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932, the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction.

Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986 Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932 Oil paint on canvas 48 x 40 inches Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas, USA © 2016 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/DACS, London Photography by Edward C. Robison III

Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986
Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932
Oil paint on canvas 48 x 40 inches
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas, USA
© 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/DACS, London
Photography by Edward C. Robison III

Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie's II 1930 Oil on canvas mounted on board Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Burnett Foundation © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II 1930
Oil on canvas mounted on board
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Burnett Foundation © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum


Stockholm Museum of Modern Art & ArkDes
11.6 – 11.9 2016

Yayoi Kusama’s (b. 1929) remarkable artistic practice has fascinated the public for over six decades. Like few other artists she moves resolutely between painting and sculpture, between art and design, and between East and West.

Yayoi Kusama – In Infinity is the first major retrospective presentation of Kusama’s oeuvre in Scandinavia, spanning her entire artistic career from the early 1950s until today. The exhibition features a rich selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures, including spatial installations and performance-related material, paying particular attention to works from the late 1980s, after Kusama’s return to Japan. It is also the first comprehensive exhibition featuring Kusama’s interest in fashion and design. On view are works never shown previously, as well as a series of paintings made especially for Yayoi Kusama – In Infinity.

How are we affected by colours?

Does the colour of the room really affect our mood? And If so, is the effect universal?

Kokpunkten action pool

Kokpunkten action pool

Most of us have colour preferences and we reflect those preferences in the clothes we wear, the colours of furniture, floors and walls in our homes. Interior designers love to tell us that the colour of our surroundings plays a big role in our emotions, our productivity and our personality type. And often they refer to research as the basis for these claims.

But what does science really say about how colours affect us? And do they have the same effect on all of us? Find out at Sciencenordic.com

Prisad Färg 2016

A color design competition for students of design, architecture, visual communication and art in Sweden.

Prisad färg logo 2016 7x4cm


  • How does a colour experience taste?
  • Does yellow, red or blue smell?
  • Can you hear a colour tone?
  • How does a colour taste?


More info coming soon

NCS Colour Trends 2016+

This season´s  breakdown of colours  has shifted from soft, light shades; towards  the extremes  of more chromatic, darker , neutral and dramatic colour areas.

NCS Colour Trends 2016+




Equatorial & Energetictrend2
This trend is inspired  by the exotic flora & fauna  found in the tropics; celebrating the  energy of the equatorial regions.





trend-talk-at-imm-cologne-Raw & Atmospheric
The settings are becoming even more rustic  and this trend intensifies the rawness of the industrial direction.



Aquatic & Mystifying
This trend plummets into the watery depths to find inspiration from a fantastic spectrum of

trend_rich_sensual2Rich & Sensual
Triggered to brave women, this trend adds a feminine touch to the traditional colours of power.