Loud and proud

Clash­ing pri­mary colours, ex­u­ber­ant state­ment prints and dar­ing Dutch de­signs come to­gether in this ir­rev­er­ently max­i­mal­ist Nether­lands abode

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words TESSA PEAR­SON Pho­tog­ra­phy VALENTINA SOMMARIVA/LIV­ING IN­SIDE Styling and pro­duc­tion ALICE IDA

HOMES

Clash­ing colours bring a max­i­mal­ist look to this Nether­lands abode

says Dutch in­te­rior de­signer San­dra Planken of this 19th-cen­tury canal house in Utrecht, which she dis­cov­ered for one of her clients. A for­mer flute-mak­ing fac­tory, it had been re­de­vel­oped in the 1980s and fea­tured a stripped-back, neu­tral scheme: the per­fect blank can­vas for her avant-garde aes­thetic.

‘Ev­ery­thing looked so clean and cold… it was aw­ful,’ re­mem­bers San­dra, founder of Am­s­ter­dam-based Stu­dio Noun, who was quick to re­place and re­store many of the pe­riod de­tails that had been lost in the pre­vi­ous re­model. The own­ers gave her com­plete free­dom to dec­o­rate the four­storey, five-bed­room home. So, in­spired by the max­i­mal­ist up­hol­stery on a vin­tage Ver­sace sofa – dis­cov­ered in the base­ment soon af­ter the house was pur­chased – she set to work cre­at­ing a bright fam­ily home with an in­fec­tious sense of fun.

With its un­ex­pected palette and in­ven­tive mix of fur­ni­ture, the en­trance hall sets the tone for this home: clash­ing colours and more than a hint of kitsch. In the liv­ing room, the well-worn Ver­sace sofa takes pride of place, set against a fea­ture wall that San­dra cre­ated by lay­er­ing many dif­fer­ent shades of green paint. The rest of the space is dec­o­rated in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Radic­chio’, with op­u­lent gold de­tails, vel­vet up­hol­stery and a bub­ble-gum-pink rug by Pols Pot­ten crown­ing the more-is-more look.

Head up­stairs, and San­dra’s bold, brave ap­pli­ca­tion of colour con­tin­ues, with the main bed­room painted in strik­ing ‘Stiffkey Blue’, also by Farrow & Ball. Op­po­site the cus­tom-made bed is a panel of be­spoke wall­pa­per, also a de­sign by San­dra, which fea­tures large il­lus­trated hands.

‘Us­ing colour is my com­fort zone,’ she af­firms, as if there could be any doubt. ‘Liv­ing with it can in­spire cre­ativ­ity and set your mind free. It’s cer­tainly not some­thing to be afraid of.’ noun-am­s­ter­dam.nl

‘WE KNEW FROM THE BE­GIN­NING THAT THE BUILD­ING HAD PO­TEN­TIAL, WITH LOTS OF CHAR­AC­TER AND PER­SON­AL­ITY’

‘LIV­ING WITH COLOUR CAN IN­SPIRE CRE­ATIV­ITY AND SET YOUR MIND FREE’

BE­SPOKE PAT­TERNS ADD TO THE MOREIS-MORE AP­PROACH IN THIS FAM­ILY HOME

Kitchen The made-to-mea­sure units have been painted in ‘Stiffkey Blue’ by Farrow & Ball. On the floor is the ‘Red Light Dis­trict’ rug, San­dra’s own de­sign for Stu­dio Noun Hall­way The curved wall is painted in the stately ‘Oval Room Blue’ by Farrow & Ball, while Seletti’s ‘The Mon­key Lamp’ is placed above the stairs Stock­ist de­tails on p167 ➤

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