The makeover of this open plan living space is once again testament to the power of paint – and what you can do in a rental home! When presented with the space (a big open box with dark floors and white walls) it completely lacked soul and personality.
The fireplace, while necessary, was also unfortunately plonked in the middle of a strategic wall in the room, thus limiting layout options in the space. The very dark unit also became a bit of an eyesore against the all white walls. .
By extending the darkness from the floors, window frames and fireplace through the walls, the room immediately felt warmer and more purposeful, more considered. The dark wall added a little extra luxe to the room too.
Since we discussed making the space darker, style wise our clients were happy to go for a more masculine feeling in the space, with bigger pieces and darker finishes. They also wanted / needed the room to feel quite open, as they have two small children running around and playing everywhere. While they aren’t too precious about things getting dirty or covered in small fingerprints, they preferred pieces that could be wiped clean (until the next time).
Location: Cape Town
Interior Designer: Karen Steyn