The top trend colour for 2014 perfectly combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquillity of blue and has a richness that reminds us of shimmering tropical waters. Reflecting the overriding trend of unlocking, this muted teal has a gentle character and is a favourite in the world of design.
This year’s colour is surprisingly versatile and works well with other colours. Our current favourite is a minty-teal tone that adds a freshness to a clean black and white base. We often talk about how important it is to keep a clean base- the base of the canvas, and black and white is always a good idea if you love that contemporary Scandinavian feel! Creating a solid base makes it easy to then add on a trendy colour or tone without having to make any drastic changes.
We’re feeling really inspired by the combination of a black wood floor such as Kährs Oak Castle with a minty-teal wall colour and white/high gloss decorative details. An ultra-calm and soothing, yet fresh and crisp feel.
Sometimes, you just need to keep it basic. But basic does not have to be boring. Sticking to basics in your home will actually give you more room to be creative- room to change and evolve as your personal preferences naturally do over time. Your space is a representation, a reflection, of you.
Keep your space basic and classic with a natural Swedish 3-strip oak floor such as Kährs Oak Siena. A natural wood floor with strips selected to provide a calm appearance but still with certain degree of variation in the grain. Kährs Oak Siena is readily available in stock in Dubai for immediate installation.
Decorate with whites, pastels and neutrals for a warm, modern and welcoming home. A combination of mild pastels, neutral earth tones and neon pops of colour will add interest to any white base. A winning combination, for sure!
Keep your base white, starting with your wood flooring! Select Kährs Oak Crème for a more rustic look with its distinct white hue on a naturally colour varying oak; or opt for Kährs Opaque for a sleek, contemporary look with its white semi-transparent stain and a high gloss lacquer.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the versatile and fun objects is the IKEA Frosta stool made out of birch plywood. It can be used for anything from seating to storage to a fully-functional transportation device. I even have a pair that I use as bedside tables.
Yes, it is strikingly similar to Artek’s classic Stool 60, but at AED 39.00 per piece, this stool can definitely become a fun DIY project and be converted/remade in a series of ways at a really affordable price.
If for example you simply want to “pimp” the stool to make it a personalised contemporary piece of furniture, you can simply do so with the help of a little bit of paint and a roll of masking tape. Here are a couple of great examples, as shown by Trendenser:
Another great idea is a little bit more complex, but totally cool and fun for kids: a dandy horse! Known as the forerunner to the bicycle (sans pedals), a dandy horse is a really fun toy and transportation device that kids love. Here’s a great DIY tutorial by Instructables (full instructions here), using two Frosta stools:
When in doubt about combining colours, I always say it’s best to look to nature for inspiration. And why shouldn’t we? After all, nature is associated with harmony for a reason. Vibrant, manmade colours might be great for accents, but for a base that you will never tire of and that will certainly never go out of style, nature’s own colour schemes (and textures) are truly the best, and most sustainable, source of inspiration.
Combining soft greys, dusty-olive greens and rich cocoa brown patinas for your base, you will create a classically elegant combination that will definitely bring harmony to your home. Depending on your personal style, you can calibrate the masculine-to-feminine feel to this colour scheme – the key lies entirely in the finishing touches.
A beautiful wood floor such as Oak Ulf by Kährs Founders Collection is the perfect tone of olive/grey/brown. Handcrafted and deeply brushed to enhance the beauty and specific characteristics of each and every board.
This minimalistic apartment in Berlin, Germany is a real beauty. We love the high ceiling, neutral interiors and large windows, all adding to the overall airy feel. While the diverse areas are separated by walls, creating depth and intrigue, the neutral colour palette throughout enhances and ties this beautiful home together into one large space.
The “greige” (a cross between grey and beige) colour of the wood floor is very modern and creates a very cool, contemporary feel. The wide and long planks also elongate and enhance the room. Select Kährs Espace Oak, a floor with 2.8 meter long planks, smooth handscraping and a whole lot of grandeur that both looks and feels heavenly underfoot.
Images by Fantastic Frank / Berlin
We have seen an increase in requests from our clients to “do something” about their existing staircases at home. And we completely understand why.
The standard pre-finished staircases that usually come with a house or apartment are typically either in tile, marble or dark rosewood. And what better way to create an airy flow throughout your home than to also clad your staircase with a Kährs wood floor?
This client in Green Community sets a perfect example of how to modernise a staircase. By adding a highly contemporary-looking glass panel instead of a classic handrail and clad the steps with Kährs Oak Limestone wood flooring (the same wood floor as seen throughout the rest of the villa) – they have successfully created a perfect transition between the villa’s two levels while also enhancing the staircase as an important decorative element in the home.
To view more images of this villa’s über-cool interiors, click here.
Ash is a strong, hard wood species, even harder than Oak. This wood species is pale in a typical Scandinavian way with fine, brown streaks and few discreet knots. It has a relatively long grain and ambers over the years. Ash is used to make tools, wood flooring and furniture. Some of Kährs Ash floors have strong color variations that really bring them to life.
This cozy villa incorporates classic Scandinavian 1-strip Ash wood flooring with impressive ceiling heights, graphic Moroccan tiles, sleek &tradition stools, a large dining area and an overall rugged-yet-contemporary style to the home.
On the first floor, we find Ash Sandvig – a light, exclusive 1-strip floor. Nature’s own design with knots and a lively structure. A characteristic is its bi-colour pattern with a soft white matt lacquer, giving the otherwise rustic-looking floor a contemporary and airy feel.
On the second floor we find a very similar, yet different 1-strip Ash wood floor. Ash Gotland makes a bold statement and gives a warm and cozy feel to the more private family space upstairs with its darker core that creates fantastic patterns.
Though these two Ash wood floors are very similar and harmoniously create a common theme throughout the home, the finish is what differentiates them not only in appearances, but on the overall affect they will have on a space. Brilliant!