Take a look inside a dark, dramatic apartment

Who says white and minimal is the recipe for small space living? This compact apartment breaks all the rules to surprising effect. See inside real readers' homes with Livingetc

Big pieces of art take on extra drama in a small room like this. A huge Venetian glass chandelier makes another focal point.

1/5 Dramatic living area

living area with white wall and flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Alistair Nicholls)

The painting is by Andrew Gadd. Try Rainbow for a similar chandelier

2/5 Grand marble kitchen

kitchen room with white wall and dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Alistair Nicholls)

The kitchen is tucked into a neat corner of the open-plan space, with an Italian marble worktop and splashback taking centre stage.

For similar units, try Magnet, and for a marble splashback, go to London Marble

3/5 Quiet corner

living area with white wall and frame on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Alistair Nicholls)

Carefully selected pieces of art are left to shine against the neutral backdrop in the living area.

Design House Stockholm does lamps in a similar shape. The sofa is from Pierre Frey

4/5 Wardrobes and library

wardrobes and clothes and books

(Image credit: Future PLC/Alistair Nicholls)

Glossy black sliding doors open to reveal acres of wardrobe space along the length of one wall. With floor space limited, full use has been made of the wall height by creating a library on a mezzanine level, accessed by a ladder.

Neville Johnson could make a wardrobe like this


bedroom with white wall and bed

(Image credit: Alistair Nicholls)

The bedroom has been kept simple, with only the things needed for bedtime. A leather floor lends the small space warmth and texture.

The bedside lamp is by Christophe Delcourt. For a cowhide rug, go to citycows.co.ukBenson Design sells leather flooring

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.