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.
Inspired by the modern-day graphic gray, white and black decor, this home has a ultra-cool Rock & Roll theme – a cocky attitude and hot pink accents mixed up with warmer earth tones and soft textile components.
As with any project, it’s always best to start off with the foundation/base. Freshen up your walls with white paint and lay a classic 3-strip oak floor Oak Siena by Kährs European Naturals Collection with white skirting and mouldings for a streamlined finish. Decorate with heartwarming earth tones that are in line with your home’s base tones. They do say “a solid foundation is the bridge to success” for a reason after all!
Once your base is set, add a personalized graphic wallpaper by Mr Perswall as well as an unexpected colour for a pop of rebellion (Rock & Roll!) that will add interest without being overwhelming or tiring over time.
Images by Gåspennan/JM Bostäder
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.
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
Give your home instant muted elegance with a white washed wood floor, such as Ash Skagen from Kährs Sand Collection. Ash Skagen combines the naturalness and liveliness of ash with the elegance and lightness of white matt lacquer. The white matt lacquer highlights the wood’s natural beauty, giving the whole floor a soft and pleasing finish. The floor is dramatic, yet not enough so to be distracting from the rest of the interiors.
Seen below is the home of Norwegian blogger Nina Holst, who is also the founder of home decoration community Stylizimo.com. We are loving the combination of the wood floor, monochrome art and furniture, wooden utensils and geometric wallpaper.
Images by Stylizimo and Kährs
Natural wood elements add warmth and interest to a cool graphic or neutral colour palette. Don’t be afraid to combine different wood species for added depth.
A rustic natural wood floor, combined with a contemporary and monochrome kitchen for balance – as seen in this Index Tower apartment in DIFC with Kährs Oak Oyster.
Light oak floors, multiple layers, white walls, splashes of earth tones, iconic Fritz Hansen furniture and an overdose of light through surrounding glass. This architectural dream represents all that is contemporary Scandinavian minimalism.
To get the look, opt for Oak Tide by Kährs Lodge Collection. Oak Tide has a white pigmented, matt lacquered or nature oil surface finish and is a floor of a clean, even grade with no/few knots or significant colour variation.
Images by Jeppes & Kährs
A family home needs to be child-friendly, inspirational and a space for children to be free to play and be creative. By combining cool and quirky decor/furniture pieces with a calm and natural wood floor you can create the perfect balance between the aesthetically pleasing and a safe living environment. Kährs wood floors are very possibly the safest kind of flooring for your child: they are hypo-allergenic, require very little maintenance (i.e. no toxic substances) and have an entirely solvent-free surface treatment, amongst many other factors. With so many harmful environmental pollutants in our day-to-day lives, both in the foods we eat and our outdoor lives, it is comforting to know that a wood floor is completely natural, enabling you and your children to breathe easy.
This home in Norway is the epitome of the perfect family home with a design edge. It is furnished with some classic yet simple pieces in mild earth tones with pops of colour for added interest – creating the perfect balance between the feeling of an adult and childish space. The walls are in diverse textures (married by a pure white wash) and the floor is a lively caramel oak floor that gives the home real character, warmth and coziness.
To get this look, Oak Ember by Kährs Harmony Collection is the perfect match. The 3-strip floor is brushed and bronze pigmented with a matt lacquer (pre)finish, thereby making it a very forgiving floor that can handle heavy usage. And with a 30 year warranty, it is the perfect floor for your children to grow up on.