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.