This gorgeous interior has been thoughtfully designed for a style-savvy family. It combines an eclectic mix of pieces with luxe, on-trend materials such as marble and brass, and works beautifully as relaxed hang-out or smart entertaining space. Underpinned by bold, sexy black, the colour scheme combines a brave mix of tones, from lush green to soft pink, with flashes of gold and brass. Clever storage and comfy seating tick the family-friendly box and are teamed with statement lighting and exciting mirrors, art and wallpaper, for a home that takes family living to new, stylish heights.
Clearly zoned spaces give this apartment easy functionality, with one area devoted to relaxed entertaining or watching TV and the other for cooking and dining. To link both, the same shades and shapes flow throughout. Black is a signature colour and the dark splashbacks and dining furniture are complemented by the sofa and photography in the living room. A mix of retro, contemporary and traditional pieces sit harmoniously together, teamed with quality materials for a glamorous feel: think brass taps, a statement chandelier and luxurious marble on the kitchen worktop and coffee table.
What a difference wallpaper makes! It takes this dining space from understated to glamorous, surprising and slightly quirky — just right for a family home. Alcoves by the chimney breast are typically lined with shelves, but here an exciting wallpaper transforms them into works of art. Minimal, slim console tables will not obstruct the pattern but provide a handy surface for sculpture or lighting, while the black dining furniture is a chic complement to the bold colours. A statement chandelier brings a glam retro edge while two pendants over the breakfast bar cut a more contemporary silhouette and continue the black and brass theme.
Generous in size, the dining area is sociable and versatile. The table, in the scheme’s trademark black, can comfortably seat eight people, ideal for formal entertaining or relaxed family get-togethers. Notice how its legs stem from each corner, creating maximum chair space. Alongside, a simple breakfast bar provides space for children to do homework or friends to enjoy a drink while the host cooks. A clever mix of lighting helps create the right mood, with the statement chandelier illuminating the table in flamboyant style and pendant lights over the bar producing a more intimate glow.
The living space feels light, airy and relaxed, with its plantation shutters providing privacy and lending an almost tropical feel. This is picked up in the playful pineapple lamp with its leafy shade, while animal print cushions add a safari feel and some tongue-in-cheek glamour to the sofa. Marble and brass crop up again here, on the curvy side tables and contemporary coffee table, while notes of green and black feature on the seating, vase and photographic art, ensuring the living space is linked thematically with the dining area and works beautifully with it.
Stylish but inviting, the living space features lots of generous seating. A deep contemporary sofa provides snuggle-up space for a whole family, while armchairs create additional seating, ideal for entertaining. The generous coffee table can be reached from any seat and will happily play host to magazines, drinks or popcorn during movie nights. It sits neatly on a pale rug, chosen to exactly match the width of the sofa, but this strong symmetrical arrangement is softened by the side tables with their curvy lines and circular tops. A mix of wall, pendant and table lights offer versatile lighting and a pale oak parquet is a beautifully modern take on traditional flooring, and runs throughout as a light and elegant backdrop.
The alcoves in the living space work hard, making this side of the apartment extremely family-friendly. Two sideboards provide ample storage, concealing tech and leads and storing toys or DVDs. Above, useful shelves stand out against bold black walls and create display space for treasured finds, books and photos, ensuring this contemporary scheme feels personal, too. The huge pendant light is a playful touch that children will love and its shape is echoed by the round mirror which, just like its black counterpart in the dining area, hangs above an understated and gorgeous contemporary fireplace.
The open-plan configuration of this apartment means the dining furniture will be seen from the far end of the living space, so it’s important that it looks perfect. The table and chairs are beautifully bold in black, but their clean lines prevent them looking heavy. For variety, a comfortable classic armchair stands at each of the table, chosen for its sinuous shape and open design, which allows long sight lines from the living space through to the far wall. The gorgeous fireplace is complemented by an oversized convex mirror, a real statement piece in striking black, but these dark accents are softened by luxurious curtains in dusky pink teamed and gauzy white drapes which give privacy without blocking light.