For even the most talented of designers, it's hard enough to execute one design style in a home, let alone three. This renovated and refurbished house in London by architecture firm Coupedeville, employs a brilliant mix of contrasts and originality; fusing industrial, classic and modern themed rooms all together in perfect harmony. What sounds like an obvious recipe for disaster for some, as you will soon see, is anything but. A brilliant team of architects have managed to establish an incredible balance between such a diverse range of decorating styles to great effect. Take a look…
Photography by Simon Kennedy.
Before entering the home, it is only right that we take a look at the external appearance of this little gem. From this angle, we see a picture perfect example of modern design peering out from the inside, operating against classic English scenery. The accordion doors in black, provide the ideal framing for such a scene, contrasting beautifully against the old bricks and courtyard made from old wooden planks that have been worn over time.
Crossing the threshold of the transparent wall seen above, we find ourselves in a light filled open plan kitchen and dining area. Besides the fantastic illumination provided by the flow of natural light from outside, we find delicate spotlights employing a more intimate type of light over the kitchen workbench. Here, industrial chic has been played out in all its strengths; through the concrete kitchen island, to the exposed black lacquered beams. The low-hung industrial style lamps have been positioned cleverly above the table, letting diners know that even in a sea of beautiful things to look at, that this is where their attention needs to be placed.
On the other side of the kitchen island, we can see that well-hidden storage solutions have been put in place. The exposed brick on the rear wall is really something special, adding character and charm, and reminding us of the original appearance of the home. The polished concrete kitchen island is a sculptural marvel, acting not only as a partition between the two areas, but also playing a pivotal role in the industrial style evidenced throughout this space. The dining area is illuminated from many different angles; above via a set of skylights, immediately overhead by the lamps, and finally, to the right from outside. All these clever strategies put in place ensure that both occupants and guests have the best dining experience possible.
Moving into the living room, we are surprised to see a totally different design style in this space. The elegant contours of the ceiling and bay window give this room a very distinct classic shape, yet the designers have employed an exciting and eclectic touch. The fireplace, sofa and retro chairs have all been positioned in a traditional sense, yet with a brilliant combination of decorations and colours. The freshness of the white walls complements the luscious greenery, which is then highlighted by the warm timber floorboards and richly coloured furniture. The chandeliers both on the floor and hanging from the ceiling, touch on the coveted Art Deco style, and provide the final eclectic touch in both ambience and decoration to this room.
The freestanding bathtub wouldn't look out of place in a classic interior, yet there are some obvious differences coming into play. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors cover the walls behind it, dispersing the available light cleverly around the space. The sheer patterned curtains, in conjunction with the vibrant potted greenery, tells us that although we are inside a classic home, that fresh and up-to-date interiors can be employed to great effect.
Moving closer to the sleeping quarters of the house, we now find ourselves in a large walk-in-wardrobe. This room is an object of pure luxury, with a stunning spherical chandelier covered in crystals being the stand-out feature of the space. The warm lighting it casts makes this space feel intimate, luxurious and inviting—the perfect words to describe how a dressing room as grand as this should look and feel.
The same light source on display in the walk-in-wardrobe above, can be seen here in the bedroom also, forming a connection and relationship between the two spaces. White and grey tones reign supreme, creating an ambience that is serene, calming and indeed, classic. A third, stunning design style has been executed to great effect, showcasing the originality and creativity employed inside this home. So, why not take note from this wonderful example, and dare to furnish your home in an array of different, yet totally complementary design styles. You may find yourselves pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
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