A Berlin Home of Many Colours

Guten morgen! I hope you're feeling fiiiine? Looking through the survey responses a few weeks back I noticed the request for more 'colour' (gulp!). You know me - I'm kind of colour shy. I think it comes from living in Sweden for 14 years! Don't get me wrong, Scandinavian homes often feature colour - but it's often exercised with a huge amount of restraint, and hues tend to be of the muted, earthy variety. Done right however, splashes of bright hues and accent walls can put a real spring in your step and make your home that more interesting. A fine example of this can be seen in the Berlin home of Franziska. I caught up with her to find out more...

 The green in the kitchen is a mixed 'Schöner Wohnen' color, code 04.031.02

I love the use of colour in your home it's subtle yet bold in equal measure, do you have a go-to paint brand?
I love the colors by Farrow and Ball. The color choices at Jotun are great too, but unfortunately they are not available in Germany.

The green is carried through to the hallway to give the flat a cohesive look. I once styled a home with a black hall (for The Scandinavian Home) and the owner told me the darker colour does wonders to hide a messy entrance-way. Got to love that!

It's fun to see two different accent walls in one room. How did you choose the colour combination?
My all time favourite colours are blue, green and pink. To these, I combine 'playing colours', for example in the form of pillows, pictures or flowers that change frequently. Everything inspires me: films and series, art, fashion, nature...

Franziska's home office is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Hague Blue' and Jotun 'Warm Blush'. A zingy yellow eames chair adds another dimension to the colour scheme. 

Do you have any tips for anyone looking to introduce colour into their home?
In order to choose a color you always have to consider the light, the room and the surrounding colors. That's why I would use a large color sample, pinning it on the wall and watching it change over the course of the day. Otherwise: Just try it! A wall is quickly re-painted and gives the room its own character.

The dusty rose bed linen (source similar here) and ochre cushion (this is similar - and budget friendly!) look pretty against the calm Farrow and Ball 'Light Blue' wall.

Where did you get the painting your bed, it's so beautiful?
It's a photo from Billy and Hells, two photographers from Germany. I bought it from Lumas.

And finally, what do you love most about your home?
The cozy, relaxed atmosphere in which I can live my creativity. The apartment is so beautiful with its high ceilings, the old large windows, the hinged door and the floorboards, that it is the perfect canvas that looks good with everything.

All photography ©Franziska / Lieblingsblicke

I especially love the tip to just go for the colour - as it can always be re-painted. Words to live by indeed!

Here's a summary of the key colours used in Franziska's home: 

From left to right:  Schöner Wohnen' color, code 04.031.02, Farrow and Ball 'Hague Blue', Farrow and Ball 'Light Blue' wall and Jotun 'Warm Blush'.

You can see more snapshots of Franziska's lovely home over on her instagram feed Lieblingsblicke

Thank you so much for inviting us into your home Franziska!

Looking for more colour inspiration? This archive has tons of it (if this home pops up first, you know the drill... just scroll on passed!). 

Have a härlig dag!

PS If you're intrigued about what's going down at Milan Salone del Mobile it's all on my Stories!


  1. I crave colour. Where I live (Toronto, Canada), we have grey dreary winters. If we get sunshine in the winter, it usually means that it's really cold! As much as I admire the Scandinavian style, I need more colour in my home otherwise I go stir crazy.

    1. I totally understand your need for colour Susan! I hope you enjoyed this home tour :)

  2. This home is a proof that you don't need expensive furniture to make a beautiful home. I like it a lot.

  3. I think part of the reason why modern day homes in Scandinavia are so pale in color, is because a lot of us grew up in the 80's and 90's, in homes painted in all kinds of color. Burgundy walls, mustard yellow, dark green, floral wallpaper in the same colors... Burgundy walls with mustard yellow trim was quite common. And lots of pine furniture. I still shudder at the thought. The colors coming out now remind me a bit about these, but the new ones are more subdued and the paint is ususally a more matte kind, making it a bit less intrusive. This home does look great, though. And I have actually painted part of my hallway blue myself!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this Rita - so interesting!

    2. Hi Niki,In german,you write Guten Morgen insetad of Guten morgen. Greetings from Warsaw.Margareth

  4. Color is King!! I totally agree with Roxanna. If you use creatively color in a design scheme, then you don't necessarily need expensive furnishings.

  5. Looks simple and stylish. You know, I am writing a paper about Scandinavian style, so I if you don't mind, I'll borrow some content and include it in some parts of an informative essay. Have a great day!


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