High ceilings and curved walls, elaborate cornice detailing, and fabulously enormous windows; these were some of the stunning features in this London apartment. With the task of creating a space perfect for entertaining within this backdrop, the home has now been given a sophisticated makeover boasting metal finishes, stone textures, and a riveting monochromatic color palette that evokes luxury and high design.
Along the corridor, you can already get a sense of the owners’ international heritage. The house belongs to a young entrepreneurial couple in their early 30s who spend a lot of time traveling or living in different places. As their first home together they were excited to make sure they had a space that combined their interests in travel, but with a nod towards a warm look that strayed close to an industrial style, but using natural materials.
The kitchen and dining room opens up to a sophisticated and clean look, with plenty of contrast between the white walls and the deep colors of the kitchen cabinets, as well as the accent wall along the one hand side. Plenty of light floods in, and the working fireplace has been retained. While the dark wall could be overwhelming in other spaces, the statement mirror breaks things up, and the marble mantlepiece is an eye-catching element.
Previously the room had been a reception room, but it was the main requirement of the renovation to make this space into a large kitchen and dining room that felt like it could be used for other things. With the plethora of seating, welcoming art collection and the comfy looking chairs, I can see how this room could quite easily become a central pivot point of the apartment.
This round area is one of my favorite parts of the room. Striking with black and white stripes, paired against the softer marble pattern and combined with the wood frame chairs: it’s a great look!
There were plenty of lighting elements also included in the refurbishment, with as much as it was possible to have them all working on dimmable switches. It made the room open to different moods and functions.
Having such an exceptionally high ceiling meant that the room was well suited for a large chandelier or statement piece of lighting for the room. The bronze framed Array pendant by CTO lighting was a great choice, because it can be angled over different elements of the kitchen island and breakfast bar but with its gold inner lining and cotton shades it also emits a warm glow. The black finish looks great with the other dark elements of the room.
Roselind Wilson Design, who oversaw the project, gave a lot of attention to the metal finishes not only in the kitchen but the bathroom too, to make sure different styles were complemented.
A careful mix of antiqued and vintage brass, as well as dark bronze, was specified. Where the exact finish could not be achieved in the piece, such as in the towel rail, it was made bespoke to achieve the exact specification.
The home owners were thrilled with their new, edgy home. A sophisticated apartment where they can invite friends, and embrace modern architecture. It is a dynamic space that creates the perfect setting for their new life at home together.
Project: Belsize Park
Design: Roselind Wilson
Photos: Roselind Wilson