Forget the current economy crisis. Nothing gets in the way of style, even if it means a tinier home makeover budget.
The occupant's brief for this small apartment is to achieve an inviting and tranquil ambience. The original look within the 30-year old apartment is dated (and that's an understatement) and all the existing fittings are in extremely bad condition. The design proposal calls for a total overhaul of the formal areas, 3 bedrooms and the kitchen.
In keeping with the need to keep costs down, things have to be kept to the bare basics, yet meeting the functional needs of the occupants. The combination of old and new furniture also gave the home a fresh look.
In the living and dining areas, the original dirty terrazzo flooring was overlaid with white ash timber laminate boards. This contrasts sharply with the grey-silver tones on the walls. For visual interest, spots of colors were introduced via the deep red throw cushions and the lemon grasses at the customized planter box, which also doubles as the entertainment unit. Works at the dining area continued the black-grey scheme, with the large black hanging lamp taking centerstage.
In the kitchen, the original dingy wall tiles were refinished in sophisticated shades of silver and black. New slate-like tiles in black cover the unsightly mosaic ones on the floor. The cabinetry was also rebuilt.
In a matter of 4 weeks, the interior was radically transformed. Seriously, can you recognize it?