Dark heart

Australian House & Garden - - TOP 50 ROOMS - Brooke Aitken Brooke Aitken De­sign, Ul­timo, NSW; (02) 9212 6262 or brookeaitk­ende­sign.com.au

38A cosy coun­ter­point to the light-filled liv­ing area, this fam­ily/TV room is a much-loved re­treat for a Syd­ney fam­ily. Brooke de­vised a dark-hued scheme to evoke “a night-time co­coon” that would still feel com­fort­able in day­light hours. Fea­tur­ing a re­vamped fire­place and am­ple seat­ing, it’s a win­ner for the whole fam­ily. Black sisal wall­pa­per makes the screen (at left) ap­pear to re­cede into the wall, plac­ing the fo­cus on the fire­place hearth with its tex­tured tiles. “It’s a monochro­matic de­sign, but im­bued with plenty of tex­ture and ma­te­ri­al­ity, which soft­ens the mon­u­men­tal­ity of the black el­e­ments,” says Brooke.

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