With great effort, the cottage in Kragerø was refurbished. The three-color interior has bright, summery colors.
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The cottage is located high and free on Langholmen in Stølefjorden with views of Kragerø Skærgården and the bustling boat traffic. It was built in 1985 and is architectured with excellent solutions and materials of high quality. Nevertheless, the couple felt that it might need a boost.
All walls and ceilings were three-white and had yellowed over time.
Hytteliv’s interior expert Siv Brenne prepared in collaboration with Jotun a color palette for living room, kitchen, hallway and three bedrooms.
All walls and ceilings were ground and painted. The kitchen was spray painted and the worktop was sanded and oiled. The living room and bedrooms got new curtains, bedspreads and bed sheets. The bunk beds were painted. The coffee table and side table were stained,
The result is a wonderful cottage in a bluish summer dream with dense pastels and renewed old details. The colors pick up all the tones from the area around.
– We were going to piss up anyway, but then the results would not have been as fun. We would probably paint a lot of white, but Siv Brenne in Hytteleviv challenged us to choose colors. Now we see how wonderful it has become and how delicious it is when all the color tones are correct, says cottage owner Bente.
But some simple jobs have not been. All surfaces had to be ground and painted twice. Both Easter and the weekends in winter went along. With the fence full of paintings, the cottage owners wandered through deep snow fountains, folded up their sleeves and worked hard with the paint cost. As a reward for the struggle they have got a completed and beautiful cottage that they will never travel from.
– It has been great fun, but also tiring. Now we can finally enjoy the cottage, the cottage owners say while admiring the beautiful archipelago. There is something special with sea views. It gives your very own tranquility and it becomes like a recreation for body and mind to be here.
Even though the interior is new, emphasis is placed on reuse. The owners have felt it important to preserve some of the old ones.
– It’s nice that things have a story to tell. Several of the furniture we had before, and something was left in the cottage when we took over it.
Interior designer Siv Brenne was concerned that the cottage owners should keep what they want. Everything in the cottage is painted except the floor. And eventually, cottage owner Bente took some independent choices and got rid of the paint costs. An old sofa was, among other things, colored in that process.
– We were told that it was just painting. And within this color range, it all fits, so we could really play ourselves with the paint costs.
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