04 Sep Tropical colour for new build apartment
Miya, a dental surgeon from Trinidad, had bought a new-build apartment by the river. She was desperate to introduce colour and called me in to help. The room was not quite square but trapezoid, with kitchen units along one wall. Though the shape was a little awkward the light was fantastic. Up high with a balcony painted in glaring yellow I knew I could make this space into the perfect home. She told me her likes and dislikes and showed me a few of her favourite pieces; some art glass, an embroidered footstool, a few pictures. From these I was able to take my inspiration and design the room with flexibility in mind.
‘Cottons, linens and silks,’ Miya said. ‘I want it homely and warm, not bland.’
The open plan area of approximately 27 sq meters needed to provide a welcoming atmosphere for entertaining and at the same time be a relaxing place for Miya after a long day at work. An L-shaped sofa is the key item of furniture in the lounge and a custom-made round rug from Interiors by Element fits snugly on the floor beside it. In the dining area a chunky table with four luxury leather chairs add a touch of style, especially charming when the floor-to-ceiling drape is drawn. Evening meals can be light and bright in the summer and romantically cosy in winter. The choice of fabrics was based on the colour scheme. Teal velvet hangs from a metropole track, a system that ensures the folds in the curtain are evenly spread as you open and draw it. Roman blinds cover the two tall windows and are made from Harlequin’s lively ‘Tembok’ pattern, a design which uses a variety of textures. Jon at Cambridge Interiors supplied and fitted the window dressings.
As this was a brand new apartment we didn’t need to change the lighting or the floor covering but a softer lighting scheme was introduced. The Charlie floor lamp from Heals and the Moja table lamp from Maja at The Bespoke Boutique fitted my concept perfectly. The silk cushion from Anna Jacobs looks right at home.
And of course, the mural. The mural is from Surface View. It’s the wow factor! Miya put her trust in me and we are both chuffed to bits with it. When you start an interior design scheme with a wacky yellow balcony you just know it’s going to be fun.
Client testimonial: ‘Yasmin certainly achieved the brief and made me think outside of the box – a magnificent dramatic wallpaper mural, the furniture placement and her choice of beautiful fabrics and textures made for a grown up, well put together look which I would have struggled to do on my own.’
If you would like to add warmth and colour to your home get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org, 07831 231 664.
Images: I took the ‘before’ photos. All others by professional photographer Georgi Mabee.