Oftentimes, eco or sustainable design is considered to be a little too left of field for the majority of homeowners. Bold, extruded forms and interesting combinations of materials can overwhelm the average person. However, Iroka have proven that ecodesign can be fresh and contemporary, following along to the many design trends and styles that we've come to love. The task of Iroka was to complete the interior fit out of this very unique eco-retreat at Una St Ives. The brief was to create a theme that resonated with a large audience, was beautiful to look at and of course, was completely environmentally friendly. Everything about this home is eco-inspired; from the paint to the flooring, even to the furnishings. It is a real feat that has been executed with utmost elegance and precision. Take a look…
The modern formation of the exterior envelope is a pleasure to look at, as is the material palette evidenced on the façade. The mix between glass, timber and steel is spectacular, and despite its obviously contemporary shape, isn't overwhelming like some new builds can be. But, appearances can be deceiving! The muted, subdued colours on the exterior are met in total contrast with a colour burst inside, as you will soon see…
Purple is a fantastic choice of colour for a modern living room. It is passionate and exciting, yet blends in wonderfully against neutral tones such as grey and beige. The other point of difference is the range of texture seen in this image. Despite the obvious variances in material qualities, the tone has been kept the same. Whoever would have thought shag-pile and silk would look so good together? The other stellar feature is the wood burning stove which adds a wonderful touch of cosiness and warmth to this contemporary space.
The kitchen repeats the grey, beige and purple colour scheme evidenced in the living room, and due to their close proximity to one another, it's not hard to understand why this decision was made. Retaining an obvious colour palette means that there is a theme, fluidity, and connection between the open plan nature of the combined living and dining area. The other thing to notice is that even though the kitchen is quite small by modern standards, the white cupboards and cabinets, in conjunction with the stark white walls and abundance of windows allows the room to feel spacious and airy.
The first bedroom is a bright and cheerful mix of pink and yellow, which has been given a serious touch through the use of grey and white. The colour palette actively bounces the flow of natural light from the large window, casting an ethereal glow through the space. Though relatively small in size, the white walls, pale biscuit coloured carpet and minimal furnishings allow the room to feel bigger than it actually is.
Inside the second bedroom we see a similar effect with a melange of exciting colours married together with cooler tones. Again, furniture and decorations have been kept to a minimum, allowing the bed to take centre stage in the relatively small footprint.
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