In the combining of two apartments into one, Berlin-based Karhard Architecture and Design created an open, loft-like setting that’s almost entirely white. By introducing complementary color combinations here and there on walls or floors, the architects defined the spaces, created connections between rooms, and wove some energy into a surpassingly calm setting. The next time you’re thinking of introducing color to your home, why not follow their lead and spin the color wheel?
Above: A refreshing sky blue anchors the kitchen space.
Above: During the renovation process, the architects preserved a section of exposed wall as a divider between the kitchen and living room.
Above: Small touches of orangey-red are used to complement the blue wall. A selection of Eames chairs (Wire Chair with Bikini, Molded Plastic Eiffel Side Chair, and Aluminum Management Chair) surround the table.
Above: A view of the living room on the other side of the divider shows art displayed on white walls and, in the corner, a white Panton Chair.
Above: A glimpse of the living room reveals a feature wall in orange, the opposite and complementary shade on the color wheel to the kitchen’s sky blue.
Above: A vista from the kitchen to the living area and through to the office. The architects used the same stained-white floor boards throughout the public rooms to promote the flow of space.
Above: Just as opposites attract, contrasting colors reinforce each other. Pairing orange with blue helps tie the overall space together, while also creating two distinct zones in the living area and kitchen.
Above: White walls and floor lend a calm to the office, even while books grow in unruly piles.
Above: The complementary colors introduced in the living area and kitchen reappear in the office’s S. Vert’s Paint Bomb Curtains and desk chairs
Above: Furnished with an Ikea PS Havet sofa bed on wheels, the office serves as an extra bedroom.
Above: Glass block brings borrowed light into a shower stall lined with dark mosaic tiles.
Above: A light blue mosaic tiled bathroom reflects the light from the window.
Above: The color wheel, the age-old tool for singling out complementary shades.
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