This lovely apartment in central Stockholm is not more than a large studio apartment, but with some creative styling, these owners have been able to transform the home into an airy 1 bedroom apartment. We’ve seen an increase in inner walls/partitions made from glass with black trims that creates a divide for privacy while allowing for the space to feel open, airy and bright. The black trim not only has an aesthetically edgy feel, but also serves a safety purpose (I think we’ve all walked into an all too clear glass partition once or twice in our lives, right?). For added privacy, one idea would be to hang a curtain or blind on one side of the glass partition that can easily be drawn closed or open.
As for the colour scheme, this is an extremely important element when working with smaller spaces. Maximising natural light is key, and creating an illusion of added height and depth is something that will certainly make all the difference in enlarging a space- something which is perfectly portrayed in this apartment. The colour palette is muted, the walls and main elements are white, the “fuss” is kept minimal and all the focus is on the 1-strip wood floor (such as Kährs Oak Cornwall), which visually helps to elongate the room by directing the viewer’s eye toward the natural light source. Installing a wood floor in this manner will also enhance the look of the wood grain and maximise the natural wood feeling, as it causes the light to bounce off the floor beautifully. Et voilà, you have a larger space!
Images via Fantastic Frank
Emaar’s Hattan villas are an elegant collection of luxury villas, integrating the best in Arabian architecture with modern luxuries. Found in Arabian Ranches, The Lakes and The Meadows, we’ve seen a steady increase in wood flooring demands for these beautiful villas. Besides installing Kährs wood flooring, Hattan owners have been undertaking full renovation projects to customise their villas.
Gardens are being fully feng shui’d with beautiful seating and water features; bi-foldable doors or large windows are installed to create a smooth transition between the out/indoors; walls are knocked down to open up spaces and create an airier feel, and painted in light tones for a calm, harmonious ambiance. Light, natural toned wood flooring adds a strong coziness factor underfoot as well as an overall brightness to the home. Below are two beautiful examples of Hattan villas where Kährs wood flooring has been installed.
Hattan, Arabian Ranches – Kährs Oak Cornwall by Kährs European Naturals Collection:
Hattan, The Lakes – Kährs Oak Dew by Kährs Harmony Collection:
Photography by Studio Zee for Nordic Homeworx
Decorating in neutrals is beautiful but can also be hard to achieve. When working with neutral colors (gray, brown, white, beige), it is important to add plenty of living plants for a space to be balanced and not feel too flat. Green plants make any living room more welcoming. A green plant and a splash of green accent here and there creates a more homey feeling and adds freshness to the room.