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Home Tour: How to Add Colour, The Danish Way!

It's fun to see more colour in homes right now (even in Scandinavia!). But this doesn't come without its perils - for colour-shy people like myself, adding even the most subtle of hues can be a daunting prospect - and I've even spoken to interior designers who say the same! If done right however, colour can breathe life into a space and yet still feel calm.  This vibrant 1940's Danish apartment is a fine example of this. Located in Frederiksberg, a leafy area of Copenhagen, the home belongs to Sofie Amalie who works at a design agency as a service designer and runs the instagram @thusthefuss and her boyfriend Niels. Sofie Amalie has always been passionate about colourful interiors and thrift shopping, and this shines through in their lovely home. I caught up with Sofie Amalie to find out more about the subtle injections of blues, yellows and pinks - as well as their collection of contemporary art.

 Louis Poulsen Enigma 425 Pendant Light, Arne Jacobsen Rosewood Coffee Table, paint Jotun Lady ‘Sval Sjø’ 5262

Tell us a little more about your apartment?
The building is from 1942 and the apartment is 114 metres square (1227 foot square) with a pretty awesome terrace.



The paintings in the dining room are both vintage: the smaller one is by Danish artist Helle Thorborg and the larger one by Tom Wesselmann which the pair found in a second hand shop in Tokyo. 

What renovations have you carried out?
We've lived here for 1.5 years and spent the first 8 months completely renovating it. The final details are still a work in progress. Nothing had been done for 30+ years, so everything needed stripping down. We lived there throughout the renovations (which meant no bathroom, kitchen or even running water for 5 months!).

Painting on the floor by Farshad Farzankia from Exhibition A gallery. Montana shelving

It's refreshing to see so much colour in your home, is this something you've always been passionate about?
Before moving, we had just renovated our old apartment (not as extensively) and played around with different colours, which we loved. So we decided to be even bolder with colours in our new apartment.

How did you decide which colours to use?
All our paints are from Jotun, they make great colours and have an inspiring selection - also I love their super matte finish. We spent a lot of time deciding on our wall colours and thinking how they would suit one another, which I think is important.







I love the light blue tone, was it tricky to find the exact hue you were looking for? 
We knew we wanted the living room light blue, but struggled to find the right shade without risking it looking like a nursery. In the end we went for Jotun Lady ‘Sval Sjø’ 5262 and it is perfect! Just the right mix of fresh and colourful, yet calm and comforting.

A poster by Hilma af Klint purchased at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Dining chairs by Rex Kralj, DOCKSTA table from IKEA. 

I spy some white walls in your home too...
We kept the bathroom and kitchen white (to my surprise). We wanted to let the tiling and the lovely oak of the kitchen shine on its own. But maybe it will get a splash of colour too at some point :)


Kitchen cabinets by IKEA, Jielde wall lamp, Le Creuset jug, Stelton Vaccum jug.

Pendant light by Broste, Georg Jensen alarm clock, this velvet cushion is similar. 

I love the cocoon like feel of your bedroom - what colour is this?
My boyfriend chose the color for our bedroom: Jotun Lady ‘Deco Blue’ 4477 and we love it. The dark and rich hue is soothing, perfect for a bedroom.
 
A vintage lithograph by Tom Krøjer adds a splash of colour to the bedroom. 

I love the glass details - are these original or something you added?
Most of the glass details are original. The building is from the architectural period of functionalism, so the small window details above the doors have a practical function to allow more light to flow through the space.

Can you tell us about the other colours in your home? 
For the miniature hallway between the bedroom and dressing room, we used a green-blue leftover from the other apartment called Jotun Lady ‘Prismegrønn’ 5341. And the dressing room is painted yellow in Jotun Lady ‘Velvet’ 10246. It was a bit of an odd one out, but I just loved the color samples and wanted to try it out. You can so easily repaint. But so far it is still a keeper.



I also love the pink in the hallway!
I really liked Jotun Ladys ‘Deco Pink’ 2782 and knew I wanted it somewhere. We ended up choosing the huge main hallway, which opens up to the living rooms. We were a bit concerned about the light blue vs. light pink right next to each other, but they complement each other well. Also, we have decorated the hallway with items in dark wood to even out the girliness, and actually think that my boyfriend is even happier with the result than I am!


Do you have any tips for anyone looking to inject a little colour into their own home?
Choosing colours was not easy. I used pinterest and instagram a lot in the colour selection process , so I could see pictures of how they looked in real life peoples homes and changed with the light. That was a big help in the process.

Thank you so much for showing us around your inspiring home Sofie Amalie! I love the use of colours, the unique furniture, the art - just everything! You've also made me feel a little more bold about using more colour into my home!

Does anyone else feel this way?

Colour guide:


1. SVAL SJØ 5262    2. DECO BLUE 4477   3. PRISMEGRØNN 5341  4. VELVET 10246   5. DECO PINK 2782

You can see more of Sofie Amalie's lovely home on her instagram feed @thusthefuss. And there's an archive dedicated to colourful homes here (hop over this home if it rocks up first - unless of course you'd like to look at it again, which I'd fully understand!).

Since it's a pubic holiday here in Sweden and I've got a man and two little girls waiting for me, I'm going to rush outdoors into the sunshine. I hope you don't mind that I won't be stopping by tomorrow to make the most of a bit of family time.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and see you Monday!

Niki

All photography Sofie Amalie 



LATEST COMMENTS:

  1. A truly lovely breath of fresh air. This flat subtly, annnd bravely, sings. What a joy to see the lighter, wonderfully colourful side of life, lived!

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    1. I love your comment - what a wonderful description. I totally agree!

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  2. I love all of the color in this home! She does a wonderful job making all of the colors come together in a beautiful way! Enjoy the sunshine and happy weekend :)
    -Felicia
    wwww.casalibrablog.com

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    1. I agree - colours are not easy and she’s totally nailed it! I hope you have a happy, sunny weekend too!

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  3. I love this house and the use of colour! I am not afraid of colour, and we have a lot of colour in our home, so this is something after my own heart.

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    1. Happy you enjoyed the colours Susan, I found her home really inspiring too :)

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  4. That pink is so lovely. Making me re think my white walls. ;)

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    1. I LOVE the pink. It think you should go for it!

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  5. Nice post! We don't have Jotun here in Lithuania. Is ir possible to to get RAL from Jotun? We would simply to get Sval Sjo 5262 locally. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Sval sjø has the NCS-code S1005-B20G. We don't use RAL in Scandinavia, normally, so I don't know if you can find that code. But your lokal paint dealer should be able to convert it for you. Or you can contact Jotun.

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  6. Wow, colors in MSH. :) Lovely apartment, so fresh. And I am very glad to see those dining chairs from Slovenia! But may I say that you write it wrong. :) The designer is Kralj (which means King in our language), so the chairs are Rex Kralj. :)

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    1. I know! I’ve been pushing the boat out lately and adding a little more colour (as requested in the responses to my blog survey!) - and I’ve even started adding them to my own home, can you believe it?! Thank you for the tip in the name, I’ll correct it ASAP! Have a lovely weekend Roxanna!

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  7. Such a lovely space. I absolutely loved the colour scheme bright yet so subtle and soothing to the eye. I absolutely loved the idea of connecting the bench with the dining console, such a perfect idea for what i could in my tiny apartment that begs for an extra seat.

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    1. Yes! I forgot to mention the bench so I'm so happy you pointed it out. it's a really clever idea!

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  8. Such a gorgeous apartment it is. Well played with usage of colours. Such a wow factor. I love it .

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  9. "Pubic holiday" sounds funny��. Love the colorful homes on your blog!

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