Laws of Attraction: A Paint-by-Color-Wheel Apartment in Berlin by

Issue 93 · Eastern Europe · October 9, 2013

Laws of Attraction: A Paint-by-Color-Wheel Apartment in Berlin

Issue 93 · Eastern Europe · October 9, 2013

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? 

Art and color consultancy by S.Wert and MV Stein. Photography by Stefan Wolf Lucks.

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, light blue feature wall in kitchen, Eames bikini chair | Remodelista

Above: A refreshing sky blue anchors the kitchen space.

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, light blue feature wall in kitchen, Eames bikini chair | Remodelista

Above: During the renovation process, the architects preserved a section of exposed wall as a divider between the kitchen and living room.

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, light blue feature wall in kitchen, Eames bikini chair | Remodelista

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. 

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, living area, white Panton chair, stained white floors | Remodelista

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

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, orange feature wall in living area, stained white floors, Eames bikini chair | Remodelista

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. 

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, orange feature wall in living area, stained white floors | Remodelista

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. 

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, orange feature wall  and carpet in living area | Remodelista

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.

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, office, white Panton chair, stained white floors | Remodelista

Above: White walls and floor lend a calm to the office, even while books grow in unruly piles.

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, office, S.Vert Paint Bomb Curtains, stained white floors | Remodelista

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 

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, office, Ikea PS Havet sofa bed | Remodelista

Above: Furnished with an Ikea PS Havet sofa bed on wheels, the office serves as an extra bedroom.

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, bedroom with dark green floor, red and orange paper lanterns | Remodelista

Above: In the bedroom, the architects shift  to a new pairing of primaries: a green floor offset by a red Panton Chair and Round Paper Lanterns

Karhard Architecture and Design, bathroom with black mosaic tiles and glass block | Remodelista

Above: Glass block brings borrowed light into a shower stall lined with dark mosaic tiles. 

Karhard Architecture and Design, Berlin flat, light blue mosaic tiled bathroom | Remodelista

Above: A light blue mosaic tiled bathroom reflects the light from the window.

Design of the Picture Book Color Wheel | Remodelista  

Above: The color wheel, the age-old tool for singling out complementary shades. 

Want to know more about the subtleties of color? Remodelista's resident paint expert Eve Ashcraft tells us about Gio Ponti Inspired Colors, Indigo, and the Power of Pink. Do you believe that colors can act as mood enhancers? See 10 Happiness-Inducing Paint Colors and let us know what you think.  

 



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