“Simplicity and subtle sophistication”
This contemporary style of interior is defined by simplicity, subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture, and clean lines. By focusing on color, space, and shape, contemporary interiors are sleek and fresh. The furniture pieces in this home are simple and uncluttered, without curves or decoration.
Neutrals, black, and white are the main colors in this contemporary styled interior. The dining area is punched up with a bright and bold pair of striped, resin artwork. The homeowners’ love of African art is showcased throughout the apartment. These pieces are intentionally placed around the apartment, with an arrangement of African masks in the living area, collected from their trips to Africa, Kuba pillows on the sofa and a Dogon door placed near the entry.
This open layout apartment was separated into “zones” with each area designed based on function. The area closest to the kitchen was designated as the dining area, creating functionality because of its vicinity to the kitchen. A stunning, Ligne Roset table and Design Within Reach light fixture gives the space visual texture while still maintaining clean lines.
Creativity was employed with the wall-mounted dining cabinet. Rather than purchase an expensive piece to go along with the dining table and chairs, an Ikea cabinet was selected and upgraded by wrapping it with white, glass, on the top and sides. An oversized, rustic, Restoration Hardware mirror contrasts the clean, modern design of the floating, wall cabinet.
The Family and Living Room areas are within feet of each other, each showcasing their defined style while maintaining a cohesive look with each other. The Family Room functions as a more conversational, hang out area while the Living Room is for lounging and tv watching. I like to include my own custom artwork into clients’ homes and was able to do that in the Living Room. The base of the art is unfinished plywood, with acrylic paint in oranges, whites, grays, and blacks thrown onto the wooden canvas. With Jackson Pollack as my inspiration, I was able to give this family a one of kind piece without the investment of a real Pollack.
Simplicity Is Key
Simplicity and layering were key in the Master Bedroom. The darker fabric on the Ligne Roset bed contrasts the neutral, textured rug and crisp, white bedding. An industrial vibe is introduced with custom made nightstands, adding into the layered look. Subtle color is introduced in the seaside painting over the headboard, with muted blues and ochres.