BLUE NOTES

Strik­ing wal­nut stor­age helps to zone the din­ing area within this large liv­ing space

Homes & Gardens - - DREAM DINING ROOM - DE­SIGNER Re­becca Leivars, Leivars, 01243 785508, leivars.com.

CAN YOU DE­SCRIBE THE PROJECT?

This Thir­ties prop­erty in north Lon­don was part of a huge house be­fore it was sliced in two by a de­vel­oper. The main liv­ing space in­cor­po­rates the din­ing and sit­ting ar­eas, as well as the kitchen. The sit­ting/din­ing area was orig­i­nally painted white, mak­ing it a cold, ster­ile space, with a wall of glaz­ing and large, con­crete-ef­fect ce­ramic tiles that made it echoey.

HOW DID YOU AP­PROACH THE SPACE?

I needed to tone down the hard de­tails in or­der to give the room a softer feel. It was im­por­tant that the client would feel com­fort­able din­ing here alone. Key to this was zon­ing the dif­fer­ent ar­eas, so for the din­ing space, I wanted to use strik­ing join­ery to cre­ate a large-scale fo­cal point that would add in­ter­est and warmth, while im­prov­ing the acous­tics.

CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE JOIN­ERY?

I de­signed a fea­ture wall of floor-to-ceil­ing slid­ing doors made from slat­ted wal­nut. The rich tones of the tim­ber help warm up the space, while the ver­ti­cal slats are great for ab­sorb­ing noise. Doors con­ceal shelv­ing that houses the client’s col­lec­tion of chi­nois­erie vases. The shelves have been painted an inky blue to com­ple­ment the sofa, which the client brought from her pre­vi­ous home and I re­uphol­stered in a dark indigo linen.

WHAT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT THE COLOUR PAL­ETTE?

The walls are painted a deep blue with a soft laven­der ac­cent to it, which brings in­ti­macy to the space. In the sit­ting area, there were orig­i­nally two large rect­an­gu­lar al­coves on ei­ther side of the tele­vi­sion, which I in­filled to make them slim­mer and cre­ated shelves painted the same blue as the walls so as not to de­tract from the tim­ber stor­age fea­ture. Mus­tard yel­low works well against blues, adding a punch of colour. It also con­tains a hint of brown that ties in with the wal­nut.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHOICE OF PIECES IN THE DIN­ING AREA?

We wanted to cre­ate a Six­ties Eu­ro­pean feel. This is beau­ti­fully en­cap­su­lated with the pen­dant light, which has a brass fin­ish that works per­fectly with the mus­tard and wal­nut tones. I was con­cerned that a round ta­ble would en­croach too much on the walk­way through to the liv­ing area, so I sug­gested a rect­an­gu­lar de­sign with curved edges in­stead. The low-level chairs are bril­liant high-street buys that ref­er­ence the shape of the ta­ble. They have just the re­laxed, vin­tage look we tried to achieve.

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