I’m not sure about you but, when it comes to interiors, I love seeing the grungy before images as well as all of the glossy, Insta-worthy images.
SO, we’ve decided to introduce a new feature to our Journal where we’ll be doing exactly that - showing you the unglamorous at best before shots from some of our projects. NB To avoid ugly-ing our feed, the afters will come first.
Along the way, we’ll also give a glimpse into the design process with a few tips on how we achieved the look.
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Industrial, lived-in loft.
The starting point for the design of this whole apartment actually came from a photograph of a London loft-style kitchen. We maintained an industrial, lived-in feel with painted cabinets, natural wood tops, metro tiles, mixed metals and mismatched accessories.
The U-shape was reduced in width to create additional space in the rest of the open plan living area, whilst actually creating a more user-friendly kitchen space with reduced distance between prep space, sink and oven.
The number one stipulation in the sitting room - a sofa bed. Sounds simple enough, but narrow doorways mean huge restrictions. In the end, we went for one where the back falls totally flat and turns into a double bed. All without compromising on style.
We really layered up on the textures in here. Tactile cotton on hardy jute on warming parquet. Relaxed linen on worn leather on distressed metal. The mix of textures adds warmth and the consistent palette maintains serenity.
The only way was gut for this bathroom. Although a really good size for a two-bedroom city apartment, the space lacked lustre (to put it politely).
Simple changes like wall hung sanitaryware and keeping finishes to a minimum, creates an airy feel. Picking up on the metro tiles used in the kitchen creates a feeling of cohesion, whilst changing the formation adds interest. We kept the styling to a minimum for a clean aesthetic.
When I first walked into this room, it felt totally claustrophobic. You walked into a chest of drawers, stumbled over a poorly positioned bed and were faced with a row of wardrobes. By reconfiguring the layout, we were able to introduce bedside tables which not only makes the room feel more luxurious, but also creates a way more practical space.
The ceilings are really high, so we added a bold headboard and wall hung bedside lights to balance out the room. The dark accents add depth and warmth. Oh, and how effective is the contrast door and woodwork?
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