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SUMMER RED

Sarah

As we accelerate into “Summer 2013” mode, we are feeling inspired by the famous Scandinavian summer cottages typically seen by the sea coast. Combining red and white is not only extremely classic and elegant, but also timeless and cozy.

Combine red and white hues with a whitewashed rustic oak floor such as Oak Oyster for that authentic beachside/summer house feel.

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A CONTEMPORARY COUNTRYSIDE HOME

Sarah

This beautiful countryside home in southern Sweden is a true inspiration of our favourite interior design scheme: fusing the rustic with the modern. The owners of this spaceous 500 sqm house have managed to beautifully combine wood floors in three different colours by keeping a common thread – the rustic, knotty finish – which makes the transition from floor to floor very elegant.

Kährs Founders Collection pays tribute to the pioneering founding family members behind Kährs. A heavily brushed, hand scraped surface, enhanced by a Nature Oil finish enhances the grain and texture of the wood – reflecting the masters’ dedication to preserving the natural beauty and craftsmanship of wood floors. The Collection consists of six 1-strip rustic Oak floors, ranging from pale to dark shades.

This house features three Kährs Founders Collection floors:

Kährs Oak Olof:

Kährs Oak Johan:

Kährs Oak Sture:

 Images by Skeppsholmen Fastighetsmäkleri & Kährs

 

GREIGE

Sarah

Greige  ˈgrā(zh)
A colour between grey and beige, closely akin to taupe; Unfinished; not fully processed; neither bleached nor dyed.

The graphic black and white interiors that have been popular on a wide front for several seasons has gained major competition from “greige” interiors. This combination of soft grays and dirty beige earth tones, is romantic, timeless, whimsical and beautiful.

Pearl by Kährs Shine Collection is the perfect wood floor with its high-gloss, silver/pearl shimmer finish if you are looking to add a tasteful and contemporary kind of glamour to your greige interiors.

If the rustic kind of bold is more your thing, then our grandest wood floor Oak Espace by Kährs Grande Collection is the one for you. Not only is it beautifully smoked with heavy variations between grey and beige/brown tones, but it is also handscraped and contains knots and cracks for that true rustic feeling best experienced by bare feet.

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RUSTIC MONOCHROME

Sarah

Is there a better description for this turn-of-the-century attic apartment than rustic monochrome?

The large bright living room; the original black beams on the ceiling; a dramatic black wood floor that pops against the crisp white walls; a beautiful fireplace that cozies up the space. This is a winning combination.

If you would like to have a monochrome scheme but fear it might come across as being too cold, then adding some natural materials and textures such as natural plants and wood elements (for example, an oak coffee table with a beautiful brown patina) as well as memorabilia or heirlooms will create a sense of balance. The key to achieving charm and an inhabited feeling ultimately lies in the details.

You can also take it a step further by introducing an accent colour in small details such as cushions or throws, and rotate the colour on a seasonal basis – all while keeping the monochrome base.

As for the floor – if you are interested in a dramatic black oak floor that will last a lifetime – we recommend Kährs Oak Nouveau Charcoal, a 2-strip floor with a brushed, black pigmented, matt lacquer finish.

 Images by Fantastic Frank & Kährs

 

NUDE MOOD

Sarah

Romance is light wood, skin-colored tones and small thoughtful words. Back to basics, stripped down and purified. A renaissance for your soul.

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EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING

Sarah

That first cup of freshly brewed morning coffee. A captivating book that will take you to another world. Breakfast in bed and glittering sun rays streaming in through your window.

Your home should be so much more than just a place to rest your head between a hectic social and work life – it is a feeling, an atmosphere, an environment and space where you can be yourself and unwind. We believe it is important to cherish your sanctuary, and make it a place to be free, with comfort being the key ingredient. A natural wood floor has an extremely inviting warmth that is so seldom experienced with tiles or marble flooring. It will trigger the feeling of an environment where you will want to spend time as soon as you step in through the door. And one that your bare feet will thank you for.

Kährs Oak Weimar is a narrow 1-strip floor in selected, natural oak. With bevelled edges, brushed surface and matt lacquered finish that gives maximum wood feeling. Simply the perfect wood floor.

 Images by Hans Blomquist/Agent Bauer & Kährs

 

TWO HOMES, TWO STYLES

Sarah

In the latest issue of InsideOut magazine, we have two of our residential projects featured in the UAE home section!

The first one, titled “New and Improved” is the home of Debbie Cope (founder of House Hunters Real Estate) which features the beautiful Oak Oyster wood floor by Kährs Artisan Collection. Debbie selected the beautiful floor to complete her Hamptons-inspired home, and what a beautiful match it is! The floor looks absolutely amazing in combination with the relaxed, easy-breezy furniture and silver decorative details.

“Through the Looking Glass” is the second home – a breathtaking penthouse in Dubai Marina that was designed by “starchitect” Victor Udzenija (founder of Viktor Udzenija Architecture + Design). The glamorous home features Oak Nouveau Bronze by Kährs Classic Nouveau Collection. The warm honey-toned floor creates a luxurious and cozy base for all the designer furniture and complements each piece beautifully.

What a difference some wood flooring can do to a home, regardless of style! And with a repertoire of over 160 floors, we can guarantee a floor to suit yours.

InsideOut magazine is now available in stores, as well as for free download as an app for Apple and Android tablets.

 Images by InsideOut

 

THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER

Sarah

We adore this bright and airy Hamptons-inspired Saheel Villa in Arabian Ranches, Dubai. To get this look, combine light linen and cotton textures with Oak Oyster wood flooring by Kährs Artisan Collection. Oak Oyster is a rustic 1-strip floor with handscraping and large knots that together with the white staining gives the product a very rustic yet contemporary look.

View more images of this beautiful home here.

A REGAL HOME

Sarah

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

 

PIET HEIN EEK

Sarah

While strolling around Eindhoven a couple of weeks ago, we stumbled upon Piet Hein Eek’s workshop and restaurant. Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch designer best known for his scrapwood furniture range that he creates using scraps of reclaimed wood. Each piece of beautiful, timeless and unique furniture is lovingly hand-crafted by Eek and is designed and made to last.

Eek is a great source of inspiration and demonstrates many innovative ways to use scraps of wood to give them a new life and function while enhancing their natural beauty. This is definitely a place to stop by if you are ever in Eindhoven. However, this might very well be Eindhoven’s most well-hidden gem, so do check out a location map prior to hitting the road. For more information, visit http://www.pietheineek.nl/en

Eek’s scrapwood chair, among his other designs, can all be seen and experienced in his restaurant.