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The husband-and-wife owners of this London house enlisted the help of a long-term friend and interior designer to create a home with ‘modern elegance, high quality finishes and a neutral palette’. The couple wanted the interior to be a blank canvas for their expanding collection of art. ‘While the decoration is demure, it’s the art that really pops,’ says the owner. Touches of graphic design in the contemporary rugs and the pastiche of the London Underground Map add pleasingly busy notes to the streamlined scheme of the smart living room.
One wall of the extended living room is adorned with tactile, petrol blue cladding. The deep tone allows a graphic Coca-Cola graphic canvas to burst out of the wall with stunning effect. Two sumptuous velvet armchairs and a matching cushioned ottoman cements the scheme, creating grown up elegance.
The couple decided to keep their existing oak kitchen with its sleek glass splashback, but created a cosy banquette eating area for relaxed meals. A practical peninsula separates the kitchen from the eating area, with an impressive satin pendant light creates the right ambience for relaxed evening meals.
With its letterbox-shaped window, dark woods and cool tones, the dining area evokes images of the Captain's dining room of an 18th-century ship-of-the-line. Innovative lighting, contemporary artwork and built-in wine storage all make an impression.
The owner calls the upstairs study his 'man cave'. Like the rest of the house it is streamlined, with a desk and storage designed to suit individual needs. 'We didn't want design for design's sake, but beautiful things that happen to be useful.'
The owners wanted the main bedroom to have a chic hotel feel: 'no dressing table, no superfluous decoration - just super simple,' says the owner. The inviting neutral palette with warming caramel textures allows the bright artwork above the bed to stand out. The smart bench has a discreet shelf for additional storage.