This apartment sits on the upper floors of a brand new development overlooking the river at Chelsea Harbour. Its owners divide their time between London and Singapore and both lead busy, professional lives. My brief for the apartment was for something modern but comfortable, precise but not minimalist, with a mix of old and new styles.
I started with the walls and chose a white paint colour with quite a lot of grey in it (Slate III from Paint and Paper Library), which works well in this bright, south facing environment. I have deliberately used this colour throughout the apartment (with the exception of the master bedroom) to tie the scheme together, so that the rooms to flow into each other. Similarly the flooring throughout is either blackened wood or natural sisal. This unified approach creates the perfect calm backdrop for the furniture and accessories, allowing all the objects in the apartment to come to the fore without it ever feeling cluttered.
The large living/dining room is the principle room in this apartment and it was important to get it right: clearly defined spaces are the key. Here I created a sitting area by using an L-shaped sofa and upholstered chairs gathered around a large coffee table. The dining area was given a separate identity by using darker toned furniture and by hanging a large, feature screen on the wall, as art. A mature Olive Tree also serves to divide the space, acting as a baffle that obscures the view through to the dining area when you enter the room.
Console tables are a fantastic decorating tool, practical and beautiful and in my opinion woefully under-used. Their narrow width and small footprint makes them extremely adaptable and they are ideal for creating a focal point, for example at the end of a passage. I often use them with a pair of lamps or to display a vase of flowers, photographs or a piece of sculpture.
I chose our Patok fabric which features a fabulous large-scale print on raw tussah silk. The gold of the print chimes with the gold of the Lantau side tables and dressing table and when set against the blackened wood floor and the dark wallpaper makes a real focal point of the bed. I deliberately didn’t use a valance, to create an unfussy look, and instead wrapped the uprights generously with fabric and created a simple, but generous canopy.
High ceilings are a great bonus in any house, contributing a sense of space and airiness, but they do need to be carefully considered when decorating and steps taken to ensure that things are in proportion. For example here we chose to hang the studded Zamindar headboard on the wall to give it extra height, othewise there was a risk that the bed might have got lost within the room. Similarly we have hung the Magritte mirrors lengthways in the hall to make full use of the wall height.