We were recently tasked to design and furnish up a 3-bedroom apartment at Leicester Road.
If there is a stereotype for contemporary apartments, it could quite possibly conjure up images of rooms that are stark and lacking in warmth or character. But I want people to feel good and comfortable in a room, even if the design approach tends towards minimalism.
Restricted by smaller, narrow rooms, many people will undoubtedly have to make some compromises in their decorating and get really organized, so as to make everything fit nicely. In this case, I opted for clear glass, mirrored walls, extensive lighting and light fabrics to keep the spaces illuminated.
In the living areas, the flat glass contrasts with the uneven surfaces wall panels - laid out in a brick-like pattern - creating a dialogue between smooth and rough. As well as giving a sense of natural imperfection, it balances the interior and provides it with much visual interest. Small bright doses of yellow complete the look.
Efficient storage is an essential and integral part of a well-organized home office. The work area needs to be thoughtfully planned around the type of work one does. For this study room, plenty of storage was planned for the owner's extensive book collection. Taking advantage of the room's configuration and its window bay, a cocoon-like reading nook was created at one corner for some relaxing reading moments. Using striking colors like the deep purple here offers an escape from the 'seriousness' normally experienced in such rooms.
Master bedroom - after
In the master bedroom, the idea is to create an airy space that provides a tranquil environment to rest in. To comply with Feng Shui requirements, one part of the window was sealed up with fabric-wrapped wall panels and the bed positioned against that side. The damask pattern on the fabric gives a twist to the contemporary look. Lighting is a highlight in this room, enabling flexible control of different spots to create various moods.