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Daring Color Ideas to Steal from the Finn Juhl House in Copenhagen

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Daring Color Ideas to Steal from the Finn Juhl House in Copenhagen

March 6, 2019

We’re always looking to learn designs lessons from the past. Case in point: the house of Danish architect and designer Finn Juhl.

Our friends Juli Daoust and John Baker of Toronto-based store Mjölk recently toured the house during a trip to Copenhagen. “One thing that really struck us was that each room in the house had a ceiling painted in a different color,” John says. “Finn Juhl thought of color as an emotional trigger, just like a painter would. These emotional color triggers can be found throughout the home, some are very subliminal (the red wall in the living room, for instance), or the blue paint wrapped around the windows. There is a rhythm to his color choices, so although in many circumstances they are quite daring, it never feels overwhelming.”

Photography courtesy of Juli Daoust.

For more on the property, visit The House of Finn Juhl.
Above: For more on the property, visit The House of Finn Juhl.
For a honey-hued paint similar to the exterior, try Valspar&#8
Above: For a honey-hued paint similar to the exterior, try Valspar’s Toasted Honey (2006-1B) or Benjamin Moore’s Honeybell. For a bright blue, see Benjamin Moore’s Utah Sky, Route One (254) from Little Greene, and Farrow & Ball’s St Giles Blue.
A painting by Vilhelm Lundstrom hangs above Juhl&#8
Above: A painting by Vilhelm Lundstrom hangs above Juhl’s Poet Sofa designed in 1941, the same year the house was built. In the background, upholstery and a rug by Anna Thommsen reflect the color palette of the Lundstrom painting.
For a match to the mustard yellow ceiling see Benjamin Moore&#8
Above: For a match to the mustard yellow ceiling see Benjamin Moore’s Yellow Oxide, Farrow & Ball’s India Yellow, or Little Greene’s Mister David.
A bookcase trimmed in bright red paint (like Benjamin Moore&#8
Above: A bookcase trimmed in bright red paint (like Benjamin Moore’s Tomato Red or Farrow & Ball’s Charlotte’s Locks).
A painting by Jean Deyrolle sets the tone for the dining room palette of pale FJ48 Armchairs and an orange Poul Henningsen pendant. For a similar ceiling paint color, try Farrow & Ball&#8
Above: A painting by Jean Deyrolle sets the tone for the dining room palette of pale FJ48 Armchairs and an orange Poul Henningsen pendant. For a similar ceiling paint color, try Farrow & Ball’s Skylight.
A subdued kitchen of white, gray, and stainless steel is kitted out with blue and yellow tableware.
Above: A subdued kitchen of white, gray, and stainless steel is kitted out with blue and yellow tableware.
Stairs painted in true blue (Blue Macaw from Benjamin Moore) with a dark royal trim (see Stiffkey Blue from Farrow & Ball).
Above: Stairs painted in true blue (Blue Macaw from Benjamin Moore) with a dark royal trim (see Stiffkey Blue from Farrow & Ball).
The green in the painting by Richard Mortensen is reflected in the Finn Juhl Egyptian Chairs (49).
Above: The green in the painting by Richard Mortensen is reflected in the Finn Juhl Egyptian Chairs (1949).
A glossy red door contrasts with the blue window frame.
Above: A glossy red door contrasts with the blue window frame.

N.B.: This post is an update; it was originally published on June 3, 2016.

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