First, the designers extended the property at the rear to facilitate a spacious second sitting room. The designers also knocked through a wall separating the existing kitchen and utility room creating a substantial kitchen-diner. The designers made extensive use of stone tiles, using a slab finish. A tranquil, earthy color palette was used throughout, with the emphasis on naturally occurring shades, but with a luxurious finish and detailing subtly enhancing visitors’ experience. The centerpiece of the design ethic, in a home that was about subtlety not centerpiece, was reached in the dining room which is dominated by a piece of artwork we sourced and manipulated to suit the space. The designers played off the picture using a stone dining table, keeping with the natural but luxurious aesthetic, the ripples in the stone subtly echoing the rocky paths in the picture. Subtlety of experience meant carefully considering the harmony of all the
elements within the home, none more so than the lighting. With a natural, flat palette of colors used for the walls and soft-furnishings, there was a danger of understatement becoming lack of statement and we felt lighting was the key to preventing this. To this effect, the wall art in the dining room was washed by down lights ensuring prominence, when the rest of the room’s lighting was delivering an intimate feel. The bedrooms used table lighting rather than down lights to create a tranquil effect conducive to relaxation. The designers used layers of light in the kitchen with down lights, wall lights—washing light up and down— and pendant lights over the breakfast area, these being primarily decorative, with a concrete finish to continue the natural look. With the kitchen space being light and bright and dominated by clean lines, the designers also added a bit of chaos with Philippe Starck Masters chairs in black to break up the order and add depth.