Client living room & guest bedroom makeover moodboards
Over the past few weeks i’ve been working with a client on furnishing and designing their living room and guest bedroom. They have just finished renovating a 2 bedroom apartment built in the 1990’s in central London, and were looking for someone to help bring their space to life.
As part of the renovations, they completely stripped the floors, walls and all kitchen units. They went for a monochrome aesthetic with black kitchen units and marble countertops, on top of a light grey polished concrete floor. As the living room and kitchen are completely open plan, I wanted to try and infuse a bit of warmth in the living room to help make it feel cosy, and a place where they can relax and completely switch off. From the get go, I absolutely love their black kitchen, and if your room has enough light (which this one does due to the floor to ceiling south facing windows), it’s such a elegant and bold move to make.
As you will see from the mood board below, my starting point was devising a complementary colour palette around the existing colours they have, black from the kitchen, white from the walls and light grey from the floors. I didn’t want to overload this modernist minimalist style with too many colours, so I just added some wooden notes for warmth as well as some subtle elements of brass and coloured glass (on decorative items such as the Menu Echasse Bowl to offset the coolness from concrete and marble and tan leather upholstered Series 7 Fritz Hansen chairs)
As concrete is such a lovely texture and colour, I wanted to suggest quite reflective items that would allow the light and grey hues to bounce around with items such as the Hay mirror Slit side table and smaller decorative items such as George Jensen’s pitcher and Menu’s GamFratesi vase. I also suggested simple line artwork and ceramic structures to add a bit of romance and texture.
For the guest bedroom, as they have painted it with the beautiful Monkey Puzzle green by Farrow and Ball, it was the perfect opportunity to play off this dark jungle green with some burnt oranges, contrasting elements of black and a touch of pink for a feminine touch. Depending on how you want the space to feel for you, I would recommend either smoked oak bedside tables like the Come Here side table from Danish design brand Woud (this is one of my favourite pieces and have been coveting it for a long time myself) or a black little number like the black stool from Kristina Dam Studios. There is a lot of debate around whether a bedside table with a draw is better or not, but personally I always feel a lot more inspired by not being constrained to the classic bedside look. What I love about stools for this function is exactly just that, functionality - as it’s completely multipurpose if one day you’re feeling like you want to put it next to the sofa or in the hallway and put something else next to your bed side then it’s perfect. Not having a draw is also in my opinion, the best way to make sure you don’t just hoard and throw in useless items that you will forget about later down the line and then ultimately struggle to close. I have suggested white draw units to not make the room feel too small as it's not very large, and Kabino draws from Normann Copenhagen are just the perfect size and look for the space. I can't wait to see how these spaces turn out!
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All thoughts and opinions my own. All images in the mood board are from various sources, either directly from the brand or pinterest.