Interior design – The courage to use color | Apartment tour

Interior design – The courage to use color | Apartment tour


“Hello, welcome to my home!” The bright orange hallway in Ia Hjarre’s apartment
in Stockholm contrasts with the intense blue of the kitchen cupboards. Colours play an important role in her home. “When we were starting to play how we can
change these white old doors to something a bit more exciting we took out a lot of different
colours. And with my husband being an architect as
well we always disagree on things. But we agreed on this colour. And when the doors arrived and they came up
I was like: ‘Oh my god!’ It was a bit of a shock. But now when you look at the whole room as
a space it feels good.” The dining area is largely white, but features
a wide array of furniture — including a bench built by Ia’s great-great-grandfather. And this classic wall unit by Geman designer
Dieter Rams. “A home shouldn’t be clinical. It’s like something that takes different turns. You end up with a mixture of old and new things,
things you collect. And your children bring home artefacts from
their school. And things maybe my husband wants do get rid
of and I want to keep and vice-versa. That’s how life is. It is a bit of a mess, isn’t it?” Ia’s bedroom is in a discreet shade of grey,
which has a soothing effect. Perfect for a good night’s sleep. Much of the bathroom is grey, too. And not only that: here teak takes the place
of tiles. “The texture of the timber was important. Because everyone always uses tiles or stone
in the bathroom. With this it becomes warm. The warmth together with the quite dark colours
feels earthy. It is an earthy feeling. Very calm. I like this bathroom. Coziness.“ Apart from a few colourful pieces of furniture
and accessories, the living room is mainly white. And that’s not because the architect suddenly
ran out of paint. The idea was to keep this a neutral place
to relax and unwind. It’s one of Ia favourite spots in the apartment. “White is a beautiful colour. I like white. With all our bits and bobs that we fill the
flat with, the red chairs, colourful paintings and other colourful lights… Of course you could have a bold colour on
the sofa but maybe it’s nice that it’s just some breathing space.” Ia and her husband thought carefully about
which colours they wanted where – their spacious apartment is a work of art in itself. “We have obviously looked at all the colours
together. Everything should be in harmony. Although they are quite bright colours, we
feel that it is important that they work well together.” And they certainly do! Ia Hjärre’s apartment in Stockholm’s Old
Town is a colourful and cosy abode.

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