40 Shades of Grey – Monochrome but cozy home

40 Shades of Grey – Monochrome but cozy home


This red brick house in a Copenhagen suburb
dates from 1915. With her update nearly a century later, interior
designer Lene Halse Hornemann transformed the former clinic into an inviting family
home. “Hello, welcome. Welcome to our house in Copenhagen. I would like to show you how we live… Welcome inside. Follow inside! Come dogs!” Deploying a nuanced palette of gray with defining
accents of black, the designer created a space that is at once serene and dramatic. For Lene Halse Hornemann, color is more than
a decorative element – it’s emotional. “Colours is very important. It takes you on a journey. It reminds you of places and it gives you
imaginations of stories, where you wanna be or what you would like to. And that’s why there’s no white colours in
this house. Only the ceilings is white.” Despite the use of steely gray hues, the rooms
exude warmth. Light is key in creating that effect – large
new windows were put in to let daylight stream deep into the house. The fireplace is the heart of the living area
– and lamps, both designer and flea-market finds – create a sense of coziness on long
winter evenings. “I was trying to achieve the feeling in
the house of this is the place you wanna be. You only have this second, you only have this
moment and if you have to feel where is the best place to be I wanted to create that. Not for myself because I don’t live here by
myself. I wanted to create that for my family.” Lene Halse Hornemann lives here with her husband,
two children and three dogs. The kitchen is where the entire family comes
together. The designer has built a career on designing
kitchen islands for clients. She wanted her own kitchen to be as beautiful
as it is functional. “It’s a kitchen, but it’s not just a kitchen. It’s more than that because the granite here,
the tabletop, is brushed. So it has like a softness, it’s not polished
and shiny. It’s more soft on the surface. And it goes really well together with the
cabinet which is made out of wood. And it goes from one drawer to the other drawer. And when you push the drawer it comes out
and it’s electronic. So it’s practical, it’s beautiful, but it’s
also functional.” The house boasts 400 square meters on three
floors, but despite its rambling size, it maintains an intimate air. Space is important to the Hornemanns – and
they use every inch of it. “Your house is your castle and you surround
yourself with things you enjoy and you make it cozy. You know the Danish word for hygge which is
coziness. So I think that’s a big part of Danish culture.” “We still bring a lot of friends and families
back to our homes. So we have to open up our homes and maybe
that’s why we really consider how we live, with beautiful things. And not just beautiful things like shapes,
but also good quality. Danish people like good quality. And that makes it a little bit more fun.” This isn’t the first house that Lene Halse
Hornemann has bought and renovated for her family. But given how comfortably they’ve settled
in, it may be a while before they move out of this gloriously gray home.


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