The first thought that came to mind when seeing this one-bedroom apartment in central Stockholm was: urban tropic. That’s how I feel is the best way to describe the style of this funky home. What makes this home so interesting is that there is a clear mix of vibrant classic caribbean colours (the wallpaper behind the bed kind of also gives it away) and muted urban vintage/hipster accents. Not necessarily a combination I would have thought possible to achieve in an aesthetic way, but this homeowner has pulled it off marvellously.
This goes to show that dark wood flooring does not necessarily need to be limited to large, open spaces filled with windows and light. A dark floor does not necessarily darken, or make a space feel smaller, if done in the right way. The key lies, as always, in the foundation – the base – of the apartment. All mouldings and major finishes are in pure white, and the contrast of the dark wood floor gives the space depth and warmth, and the space is successfully feeling airy and cozy at the same time.
Kährs Oak Lava is a 3-strip floor with a brushed, black pigmented, matt lacquer finish, and is currently available in stock in Dubai. Visit our showroom today for a consultation with one of our Wood Flooring Specialists and to experience the wonderful world of Kährs wood flooring.
Images by Fantastic Frank
We LOVE this apartment’s masculine interpretation of 1950/60’s “Retro-Modern” style. A very hipster, yet glam feel, highly reminiscent of what is seen in the hit TV series Mad Men (yes, we are currently imagining Mr. Draper deep in though, sitting in one of those armchairs).
As you might know by now, our favourite combination is black + white + wood, so this apartment definitely scores high in our books. By keeping the palette basic, and focusing on creating depth and interest with diverse textures/textiles and decorative objects, this home has an beautiful and timeless elegance to it.
To achieve this look, opt for Kährs Oak Nouveau Charcoal, a 2-strip wood floor with a brushed, black pigmented, matt lacquer finish. Bevelled 4-sided to create the effect of a beautiful 1-strip plank.
Walnut: a dark, medium hard wood species. The wood is straight grained and patchy. The heartwood is pale brown to dark chocolate in colour. Unlike most wood species, walnut turns lighter over the years and becomes golden brown.
Seen in this simple yet cozy apartment that nods to a modern take on suave retro design (perhaps even slightly reminiscent of a Mad Men-esque era). We love the combination of monochromatic and wood furniture, gold/silver details and a rich walnut wood floor, such as Kährs 3-strip Walnut Hartford – a dark brown floor with natural variations in colour and structure resulting in beautiful depth.
Palm Jumeirah’s coastal qualities and the villa’s seafront locale influenced the look of this home. Every inch of this vibrant 6,500 sq. ft. Atrium villa on Palm Jumeirah is full of contemporary and retro furnishings, memorabilia, sculptures and art that achieve a finely tuned balance, which is both elegant and engaging. “This is a villa by the beach. I wanted to preserve the elements that define it, such as the colours of the sand, the sea and the garden, while injecting a sense of unpredictability”” says the homeowner.
“The only challenge that arose was that this villa is a rental, rather than privately owned, so the ‘wow’ factor had to come from the furnishings and decor and not from any dramatic structural changes, which were not possible” says interiors stylist Devjani Cox. That is why Kährs Oak Dome wood flooring was the obvious choice for this home.
The 7 mm thick stained oak floor in a warm white tone from Kährs Linnea range is a wood veneer floor, created using Kährs’ patented three-layer parquet technology. Kährs floors are ideal for people renting their homes, as it is installed in a floating manner on top of any existing tiles or marble flooring without the use of any nails or glue, thereby eliminating the risk of damage to the subfloor.
Read the full interview with the homeowner and stylist here.
In the latest issue of InsideOut magazine, you will find a feature on one of our clients’ apartments in Dubai Marina. Mr Wilfred, who lives in the apartment with his two adorable dogs Pierre and Chu Chu, selected the beautiful Ash Gotland wood floor from Kährs Nordic Naturals Collection. Ash Gotland is a light, exclusive 1-strip floor with nature’s own design showing through its dramatic knots and a lively structure. A characteristic is its bi-colour pattern. The darker core in Ash creates fantastic patterns and makes this a very special floor.
Here is a sneak peak from InsideOut magazine’s app version for tablets. Don’t forget that you can download the app for free today to read the full interview with Mr Wilfred to find out about his story and thinking behind his eccentric home.
This apartment in the Dubai Marina not only has a breathtaking view over the infamous Palm Jumeirah, but has an interior that is beautifully balanced between dramatic and harmonious with its classic-modern/European Renaissance decor. The stunning floor, Ash Gotland, just adds to its overall perfection – a better suited floor could not have been chosen for this home’s personality.
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Images by Nordic Homeworx