Karen Akers Designed by Karen Akers,
McMahons Point, NSW;
(02) 8920 9018 or karenakers.com.au
A splash of cobalt blue is a winning touch in this sophisticated, sun-filled dining nook at the rear of an inner-city Sydney home. Karen Akers has transformed the once-squeezy room that leads to an outdoor terrace into a functional, practical and elegant space. Looking to the Hamptons and Ralph Lauren for design cues, Karen used a mostly monochromatic palette of white, black and marble. For extra zing, she painted the banquette and adjacent cabinetry in Dulux Blue Lobelia, and had the chocolate-brown floor tiles laid in a smart herringbone pattern. Both work beautifully with the steel-framed windows. “All these elements add personality and texture to the space,” says Karen.