Anna Berner has used an imaginative palette of vibrant colours to bring a tired 1950s house back to life
This striking coastal home in Finland is full of bright colours and decorative details
When interior designer Anna Berner found the ideal family holiday home in the seaside town of Hanko, Finland, it wasn’t the nearby beach that excited her most – it was the chance to decorate using bright, vibrant colours.
‘I love colour,’ enthuses Anna, owner of Textura Interior Design Company. ‘Many of my clients mostly prefer the typical Scandinavian palette of whites, greys and blacks. I come across so many vibrant fabrics, wallpapers and paints and until now I haven’t had the opportunity to use them.’
After buying the house four years ago Anna has completely redesigned the interior, which previously housed the bedrooms on the ground floor and the living areas on the first floor. ‘The location attracted us, but the layout wasn’t logical,’ says Anna. ‘The upstairs was the living area, the sitting room was where our master bedroom is now, while the bathroom was once the dining room, and the downstairs, which is now our kitchen-diner, used to be a garage.’
With her wealth of experience, Anna set about creating a comfortable, easy to live in
SITTING ROOM Burnt orange hues add warmth and depth. Exotic Garden chair fabric by GP & J Baker, £195m, Fabrics and Papers. Orange rug, from £50, Overstock. Oak wooden floor, £35.99 per sq m, Luxury Flooring HALL A cool colour palette allows the rich textures of the colourful furnishings to stand out. Black and white carrara floor tiles, £19.99 per sq m, Tile Choice. For a similar old trunk, from £200, try Scaramanga TV ROOM This striking wallpaper reflects Anna’s love of both nature and colour. Sanderson Picture Gallery wallpaper, £55.20 per roll, House Décor Interiors. African lampshade fabric, from £20 per sq m, Jansen Holland
UNIQUE DINING AREA The artwork reflects Anna’s vibrant style and exotic taste. Artwork by Vincent Bakkum, price on application, saint Justine. Dolomite leather chairs are similar, £225 each, no44. For a table lke this, try la Maison Chic, £700
home truths THE PROPERTY Detached house, built in the early 1950s LOCATION Hanko, Finland PURCHASED 2013 ROOMS Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, TV room, cloakroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘ We also have another home in Helsinki,’ says Anna.