We end this week as we came in with a property that, while not beige, is definitely at the warm end of the neutral spectrum. Let’s see what you think. It’s a one bedroom apartment on a tree-lined avenue in West London and is on the market with The Modern House for £695,000.
The colour palette has been kept deliberately simple by the architects Kin Ho, with the polished plaster walls mixed with a warm chalky neutral and accents of black and greenery to stop it all fading into one. A couple of antique chairs (remember the return of brown furniture from the interiors trend piece the other day) also punctuate the space and add character.
What do you think? I would make one change and that’s the paint this dividing door between the bedroom and the sitting room in a dark colour. Look at the image below and see how the dark bathroom at the end looks more dramatic with the dark walls around it. In what is essentially a (large) single room that has been cut in half to make two rooms, it’s a good way to divide the space. After all it’s one one open plan room that needs zone but two distinct rooms that need their own character. Dark woodwork would do that while tying it to the dark bathroom at the end of the corridor.
Here is is seen more closely. Plants are another really good way of adding character to a space and while I agree that real living ones are nicer than faux, a shrivelled brown one is never going to look as good as a green fake, so you need to decide if you are plant nurturer or murderer and choose accordingly. I have a mix (some of which are quite brown) but the pride of them all – my fiddle leaf fig – is often accused of being fake as it’s so tall and healthy so you can’t always win.
Some of you will feel that there’s too much pink in these plaster walls but the black definitely helps. This is a small bathroom and it looks like the owner opted for a glamorous bath rather than a shower but that would be easy enough to change. Sometimes a large walk-in shower is the best solution but there may have been layout issues here which made that tricky.
Finally the bedroom, which is kept light thanks to the internal glass doors which divide the room. I might have been tempted to make them even taller so they approached the lofty height of the windows but but it’s quite a faffy job if you don’t do at at the start of a project. On the other hand, if you are starting something this year, then it’s worth considering. It does make everything feel taller and loftier and larger.
So, do we fancy this as a little pied a London terre? Weigh in in the comments below with your thoughts.