How do you handle a contemporary remodel of an apartment when you have a blank slate? The best people to ask are of course professional interior designers, who can combine their expertise in creating luxurious yet functional spaces, while maximizing space and light.
These are the design lessons we learned from organizing this apartment by O&A London – if you want to make sure your apartment décor ideas are as good as possible, make sure you take note.
We were commissioned to develop a design concept for a three bedroom apartment by a young professional couple with two children. The main focus was an open plan space that united the kitchen-dining area, study room and sitting room. We’ve also transformed the master bedroom and children’s rooms by creating a play area and additional storage solutions, explains interior designer Anna Agapova, who heads O&A London with architect Oleg Klodt.
Currently, the family lives in Monaco and that is why they wanted us to add a Mediterranean vibe to their London apartment. The main request was to separate the space and divide the open plan layout into comfortable areas where the client who works in finance and his wife – a yoga teacher – can feel equally comfortable.
For him it was important to have a study space with a home library while for her it was important to have a comfortable kitchen as well as a light and airy space for yoga. Eventually, the apartment was destined to become the family’s second home, a resting place for every member of the family.
Architect Oleg Klodt and interior designer Anna Agapova head up the design studio O&A. Their 20-year partnership has achieved international recognition for the elegant, sophisticated and timeless interiors they have designed for clients around the world. They have collaborated with Holland & Sherry, Preciosa, Odd Chair Company, Riviere Rugs, Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne and Poeunat.
1. Do you have a sharp eye for detail and calligraphy
Contemporary architecture can lack the intricate details that really make an old property feel, but you can pay attention to smart additions—an especially important element when you’re considering apartment living room ideas.
“We chose soft blue shades for the seating area to meet our clients’ demand for a Mediterranean vibe,” Anna says. To accentuate this aesthetic, we decorated the column with plaster moldings.
To add even more interest, O&A chose living room furniture that was low to let light into the space, and selected pieces with interesting lines and curves that create not only visual interest but a design for the apartment that has a social feel. Sofa, ottoman and armchair by OKHA (Opens in a new tab); Philip Hurrell coffee table (Opens in a new tab); A pot on a coffee table – John Calver (Opens in a new tab).
If you’re looking for apartment dining room ideas, the cool style above is a great inspiration, with contrasting metallic and dark wood wall decor ideas.
Our starting point was the dark wood front door into the hallway. We copied the veneer and echoed a similar theme in the hallway with the texture of the wall. This led us to create a stylish moody space, Anna explains. ‘We decided to use the same dark veneer for the built in dining area bookshelves that connect the two areas. For the wall between the two bookshelf units, we chose handcrafted, dark-gloss wallpaper that is rich in texture designed in collaboration with Holland & Sherry. (Opens in a new tab)“.
Dining table by Roche Bobois (Opens in a new tab); Collinet . dining chairs (Opens in a new tab); Chandelier, bespoke bookshelf and wallpaper from O&A London. Warwick Fuller Painting, Banter and Hall Gallery (Opens in a new tab); Plate on a dining table by Regina Medeiros (Opens in a new tab).
3. Create an interest in functional but exquisite furniture
Whether you’re looking for more ways to make your apartment stylish or simply want eye-catching home office ideas, this space offers a simple lesson in combining materials, finishes, and shapes.
Our approach was to create a comfortable home. The quality of the original materials used in the apartment, the lack of storage and the faceless and gentle original design gave us the freedom to come up with thoughtful design solutions,” says Anna, who cleverly assembled the desk by Giorgetti. (Opens in a new tab) With bookshelf from Pouenat (Opens in a new tab) Floor lamp by Bruno Moinard (Opens in a new tab). Added extra texture with wallpaper by Vescom (Opens in a new tab); Henry Dean’s glass art (Opens in a new tab); Regina Medeiros bowl; and artwork by Egeværk, Ship Gallery (Opens in a new tab).
“We chose the artwork and décor and created a sophisticated home library that we supplemented with a collection of literary greats,” Anna says.
4. Maximize and simplify storage solutions
A combination of storage ideas that meet the needs of the family is the key to the success of any apartment. They range from floor-to-ceiling cabinets to shelves behind glass doors to the eye-catching open shelves seen in the home study above.
“Originally there was only one closet in the master bedroom which wasn’t enough for a family of four,” Anna says. Carefully designed solutions allow us to make the most of rooms with limited space. We were able to create a few built-in wardrobes in the children’s room and in the master bedroom.
5. Choose a color scheme that is threaded all the time
To make a small home appear larger, many interior designers will choose a color scheme for the whole house, and this applies to this apartment which features a soft Mediterranean blue that runs throughout the living areas.
“These muted shades of blue were repeated in the children’s bedroom as well as in the playroom,” Anna says.