In the housing market today, it's rare to find a home that hasn't had some stamp of the past upon it. Fortunately, for both the designers and owners of this seven year old apartment in Tunbridge Wells, they had the chance to envisage a home from scratch, catering to their personality and needs without having to deal with the mistakes of former tenants. Smart Style Interiors have created a serene and elegant interior fit out for this home, mixing contemporary and antique pieces together to great effect. What you will soon see is a home that oozes with charm and individuality, ensuring even the finest of details have been considered. Take a look…
We begin our tour in the living room which showcases distinctly classic and modern elements together. The sleek fireplace looks very much at home without a mantle, and works exceptionally well with the other shiny bits of furniture such as the glass table. The curvaceous, ornate form of the couches and round chandelier add a touch of opulence, brought into the 21st century with the knitted pouffes. The melange of materials in this room is extremely pleasant for our sense of sight and touch, so it comes as no surprise that we'd want to reach into the photograph and run our hands over each of the different material textures.
The hallway too, is ornately decorated like the living room. A mixture of vintage and modern pieces of furniture can be seen here. The antique timber sideboard feels right at home against the pointed silver wall lamps, proof again that the designers have absolutely no problems cleverly mixing a range of styles together. We do have to say, the pattern on the matching chairs is a stand out!
Inside the first bedroom, we find a fairly monochromatic colour scheme, yet with a punch! The large chandelier, which in our opinion resembles a freshly picked dandelion, makes its mark in the space. The designers have worked cleverly with the formation of the ceiling and walls, as you can see, they've added a strip of wallpaper in the junction between the floor and ceiling slope. The thin, wrought iron bed looks romantic and elegant, creating a setting that is very much conducive to relaxation and calm.
Peeking in through the image above is the en suite bathroom. The intricately tiled floor is a real feature, complementing the pale grey walls and stark white ceiling. Though this is not a large bathroom by any stretch of the imagination, the layout, colour scheme and light access points have been considered in such a way that the room feels spacious. The contrast of the horizontal slate grey shower tiles works wonderfully against swirls and curves of the floor, continuing the colour scheme to a very different effect.
The second bedroom has an artistic ocean theme present, thanks to the mixture of seafoam green and that interesting tri-coloured sculpture hanging above the bed. Even the wooden boxes, which double up as a storage units, have a nautical theme about them, bringing back childhood memories of pirates and treasure chests. There are various, highly detailed decorative elements in this space, and despite their obvious differences in era and material quality, they work together very well.
The last room we see before we finish our tour is the second bathroom. Very different from the first, it's a mixture of beige and white—a combination of colours that is forever in fashion. Fresh and airy, the frosted glass allows for maximum light penetration while privacy is still maintained. The room is also cleverly divided by a wall which doubles up as the shower partition, housing the taps and handheld showerhead. Two other features which cannot be missed are the framed mirror and in-built square storage holes.
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