Design Lessons From Berlin's Hottest Design Firm
Gisbert Pöppler isn’t afraid of color. The Berlin-based architecture and design studio fearlessly combines old European architecture with exquisite midcentury furnishings and rich jewel tones in a completely unexpected and unique way. Keep scrolling for our favorite spaces Gisbert Pöppler and find out what they taught us about design.
Weathered wooden beams, chipped plaster moldings, damaged hardwood floors uncovered under an old carpet… When possible, embrace these treasures that are original to your home instead of fighting them. You may be pleasantly surprised with the result.
Collecting art doesn’t have to be expensive. I’m willing to bet your local flea market has some buried treasures to uncover. The trick is to know how to mix them with pieces that are more of-the-moment. An old oil portrait, for example, can pair well with a graphic black-and-white print.
There should be a visual correlation between adjoining rooms in your home. Here, the sage-green tones in a painting are reflected on the walls in the next room. It’s subtle but it ties the rooms together.
Are you a fan of white walls? We are, too. If you’re unsure about painting your virgin walls, experiment with the ceiling instead. A pretty pale blue can work wonders in a light and bright room.
Introduce weathered pieces with history in your décor. Even just one distressed chair can add flair and depth to your room. Bonus: You can often get these pieces for a steal at local vintage stores and flea markets.
I got sucked into watching an episode of Untying the Knot for the first time recently, in which the couple dividing assets unfortunately found out their entire collection of midcentury furniture was fake (womp womp). If you’re looking to invest in collectible pieces from centuries past, do your research first and only buy from reputable dealers.
White kitchens are overrated, especially when dealing with countertops that are less than stellar. I’ve never been a fan of dark-green marble counters, but in this space it looks intentional, and even dare I say good!
The art of mixing in colors is in the shades you use. Not every pink and green would look good together, but a soft salmon pink with light emerald-green creates quite the showstopping combination.
Even in a room that looks like a curated gallery space, put some thought in the space’s comfort and usability. No one likes a room that’s off-limits to anyone.
Especially when dealing with bold colors, stick to a restrained color palette of two or three main colors. You can add smaller accents here and there, but sticking to a few colors will keep the craziness at bay.
If you feel like your space feels a little monotone, try introducing a bold print, either in curtains or a pillow. It will instantly lift the space and give it a new life.
Some midcentury pieces are actually quite affordable. Do your research to find out which designers and models are the least pricey. You might be surprised!
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