Good morning, friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I’m feeling completely revived after a visit from my sister – and a trip to the forest and a sauna / dip in the sea (all in all, a very Swedish weekend!). I thought I’d kick off the week with some Danish style colour inspiration. I’m not talking all out riot, more subtle, yet vibrant touches that will lift the home and put a smile on your face in an instant!
Maria Harmuth, who lives with her husband Morten and son Billie, has been renovating her beautiful, old apartment in Copenhagen. She started out by creating a timeless backdrop in warm, neutral shades before furnishing it with some wonderful Scandinavian classics. But what really stood out to me is how Maria has then added a layer of colourful accessories in shades of baby blue, lavender and sherbet as well as bright pops of tomato red and deep Klein blue to bring the look bang up to date.
Here are 12 simple ways for even the most colour shy among us, to add colour to your home this spring:
2. Throw in a curveball: add a funky touch with an item that breaks off from all the other pieces. Here, an ornate candle holder fitted with candles in a lavender shade gives the kitchen a unique touch.
3. Tomato red chair or stool: a classic Scandinavian trick – and one of the Danish colours of the year, this vibrant shade screams ‘look at me’ and adds heat and energy to the open-plan living space while also working well with pastel shades. The trick is not to overdo it – a single fiery red chair, stool or a pendant lamp is all that’s needed.
5. Ceramics: colourful ceramic mugs are having a moment and designed to be on display like art (as well as used, of course!). Go for mix and match colours and styles for a playful touch.
6. Rugs: the rules are: there ain’t no rules! Especially when it comes to the rug in this picture. The bright green and white cheques totally break off from the rest of the room and the size defies everything the rule books say about size. So, get experimenting and don’t be afraid to do something different. It’ll add a cool funky off-beat touch to the look!
7. Cushions and blankets: Klein blue is so popular in Copenhagen right now (both in the fashion world and home). This Klein blue cushion, baby blue striped blanket (stripes are BIG right now) and brown suede combination livens up the corner and looks divine!
11. Flowers and vases: probably the simplest way to revive any space and brighten up your day – whether you go for a single bloom or a large bouquet in a riot of colours. Throw in a coloured vase for good measure!
12. Small storage: it’s common (and wise) to stick to neutral, timeless looks in the bathroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t funk it up a little with some colourful accessories. Storage trays, toothbrush holders and towels offer a great opportunity to add a vibrant touch.
How fabulous! And so achievable too!
I hope you found these touches of colour inspiring.
Would you like to see a few other homes with pops of colour? I love:
By the way, ‘funk / funky’ is a very usual description in British English to describe something cool in an off-beat way, but while writing it I couldn’t help feel a little nervous that it might mean something completely different in the US or other English speaking countries (gaaaah!). Can you help me out here?
Wishing you all a wonderful start to the week!