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Anna Berner has used an imag­i­na­tive pal­ette of vi­brant colours to bring a tired 1950s house back to life

25 Beautiful Homes - - NEWS - FEA­TURE Karen Jensen-jones | PHOTOGRAPHY Krista Kelta­nen/liv­ing in­side

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

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...

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