When a young professional couple moved into this four story townhouse in London, they were charmed by its 1970s feel. But because the original layout was cramped and dark, they knew they had to seek help from designers who could give their home a refresh while still embracing that unique vibe.
The couple had two main requests for their new home. One was for a contemporary, steel, open-tread staircase with a glass railing. The other was for a master bathroom with fascinating design features.
Let’s take a walk around their vibrant space filled with quirky design elements.
On the first floor, we see a playful living room area with pops of yellow and orange. The designers chose a statement Papa Bear armchair with hairpin legs and a burnt orange sofa brought together with a black and white zigzag area rug. In contrast to vibrant furniture pieces, a distressed metallic drawer and brick effect wallpaper were added for a variety of texture in the area.
Don’t be fooled by the brick effect wallpaper, which gets away with authenticity given the low level of direct light reducing glare on the walls.
On the second floor, the steel staircase opens to a cozy sitting area and dining area. Compared to the first floor, this area features calmer colors such as soft cream, yellow and pale blue. Despite a narrow L-shaped layout, the room feels spacious thanks to the glass railing which visually expands the room.
L-shaped seating was incorporated to fit the corners of the room in both the dining and the living area. Even the cushion covers mirror the colored rug and the art hung above the sofa, creating cohesion in the space. The matte black pendant lamp and retro floor lamp give in to the 1970s vibe of the home, yet keep the space fun and trendy at the same time.
In order to maximize the space, the designers opted for an L-shaped seating paired with two pieces of artwork to define the space. The round table softens the room’s corners, and though the area seems compact, it can sit six people comfortably.
Even the kitchen echoes the calming hues of the living room and dining room, with a cream colored countertop and pale khaki storage system. We love the contrast offered by the dark bronze subway tiles that also act as a backsplash.
To the satisfaction of the young couple, the master’s bedroom features an open plan bathroom which removed the need for a dividing wall, and led to an overall larger area. However, the designers were able to create distinction between two areas with the use of textured porcelain wall tiles and cool blue bathroom floor tiles.
It’s worth noting that the bathroom area was deliberately designed with a “bedroom” aesthetic to make sure it integrates nicely with the rest of the bedroom. We can see this in the use of bathroom tiles that mimic the format of a rug pattern, as well as bronze mirrors that complement the room’s ceiling.
With such a lovely refresh of this townhouse, we’re not surprised this home won an award as the ‘Best Interior Design for Private Residence in London’. Despite the home’s narrow layout, the designers were able to make the most out of the space, resulting in charming interiors with plenty of energy.
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