Whenever we think of romantic escapes, or couples holidays, it usually involves a villa on the beach or a hotel room with an incredible city view. Why is it that these factors automatically deem a holiday to be
romantic over any other regular accommodation? Perhaps it is the glittering city skyline in the dark, the glistening reflection of historic buildings on a canal or simply the notion that it is just you, the ocean and your loved one.
Whatever the occasion, a view over the River Thames in London is both prized and charming. For the lucky occupants of this two bedroom apartment duplex, the view of a city skyline is within reach everyday and, when coupled with romantic Scandinavian interiors, they have access to the perfect pocket of release from city life.
There is very little that needs to be said about this photograph. It is one of those rare moments when no caption is required to sum up what you see. Just imagine if, everyday, when you opened your eyes, this is what you saw. Modern design often leaves a stark and somewhat sterile existence to space, and despite the fact the view is the focus of this room, Hartmann Designs has paid particular attention to ensuring the occupants not only fall in love with their scenery each day, but can also relax in the peace and calm created by the muted colour palette.
When space is at a premium, mirrored walls and surfaces are both a whimsical and clever way to bring additional depth to a room. Causing an optical illusion, the area automatically appears longer and wider. Again, the designers have paid particular attention to retaining the warmth and intimacy of the space. The chocolate brown cupboards balance the kitchen and living space exceptionally well. We love how a standard six-seater kitchen table is the centre point for the lounge/diner here.
Nothing speaks elegance and class in a kitchen more than a piece of marble with magnificent veining. Not only is marble durable, but its aesthetics speak in volumes. The mirrored wall to the left helps to extend the view of the marble further, making this kitchen worktop appear to be never ending. This is a fantastic spot for those who love to have their preparation skills on display, or for those who enjoy spending hours in the kitchen with access to a marvellous view.
Before we speak about the pictured furniture, we would like to draw your eyes up towards the back-lit coffered ceiling. A relic of the 50s, this type of ceiling design has made a huge resurgence in interior decorating in the past five years—and we're really glad to see it again. A ceiling need not be an expanse of white with a lamp dangling down for light. There are far better ways to illuminate a space over spotlighting—you can completely change the overall ambience of the space with subtle lighting effects.
The chocolate brown from the kitchen has been carried through to this corner sofa and also in the ornate base of the coffee table. With every element, a touch of a modern retro style is on display.
A beautiful apartment would not be complete without a beautiful bathroom. Reminiscent of a powder room in the art deco era, the curved mirror and ornate basins add a charming aura. The subtle additions of darker tones to a sandy coloured space creates warmth and intensity. To top it off, the studded pouf and bronze trinkets create a wonderful sense of harmony between old and new world designs.
A wall of mirrored tiles—what a plush and exciting element to a stairwell. A reoccurring element in the home, the mirrored surface continues to give. Mixing polished steel and frosted glass with a structured and geometrically shaped staircase adds a bold, minimalist element to the apartment. No stairwell would be complete without art and, to retain the simplicity, soft art.
It is the bane of many homeowners to have a dark and poorly lit stairwell. This is not the case here—the area is bathed in natural light which floods in from the skylight. And, for when night falls, small downlights have been positioned above and below this set of stairs to ensure you can always find your way.