Small and smart apartment interiors
Create beautiful, colourful spaces that you will love to call your home in the sky with these expert tips
Apartment living has a lot of advantages but thesese small spaces can be a challenge to decorate and furnish. Taubmans ambassador (right) shares her top colour tips for high-rise living.
Use rich colours to extend thehe visual width of a room. A great eat way to get impact in a kitchen is to use a strong colour on the walls and use the same colour for the cabinets, creating a completely new personality. I like rich emeralds, aubergine and ink blues, teamed with metallics or granite. Try Taubmans Admiral Blue.
Tonal or contrast
Smaller apartments call for simplicity but this doesn’t have to mean boring. Keep your palette for doors, trims, ceiling and cornices in the same colour family, and then select one main colour for the walls. In the bedrooms you can be a bit more playful, but I recommend the same colour palette, with minimum contrast so it does not feel like a jolt when you walk into the room.
Apartment living does not need to be about stark colour palettes, but too many contrasting colours and patterns can often take over a space. Make sure your colours have a white, grey or blue/green base as these colours reflect light and cool colours recede. Some of my favourite whites are Taubmans Crisp White, Akimbo and Clo Cloudburst. Also, look at ti timbers that are either grey or o oak and pine to balance strong colours, as they add a natural warmth to the space. Th The trick is to connect the larg largest space in the room — the walls — to the second largest impact spa space —the floor. To make the room feel larger, I like to connect similar colour palettes and make the skirting in that area the same colour as the wall, so that the eye travels from floor to ceiling, taking everything in as one big space.
Modern vs period inspired
Modern apartment living has minimal focus on trims, skirtings and ceilings. You can keep the palette quite simple, with the addition of a couple more colours thrown in. Bur older interiors often have many details, so it is best to work out one main type of feature to highlight in colour so the room does not become visually overloaded. Decide which feature you want to draw your eye, like panelling or cornicing and go from there.
White out LookL large
One of my pet hates is the common perception that apartment living needs to be treated as one big white box. Just adding a hint of colour to the walls can take the apartment from feeling clinical to full of life. A drop-leaf table and corner chair (above) from Ikea work well in small spaces, while a wall bed (below) from The Comfort Shop is the ultimate space saver.