creating white interiors – part 1

A few months ago I visited an apartment with my client. The space had been rented for several years to people coming and going and because of this, its previous renovation was done in the quickest and cheapest way possible.

The potential was all there. The building is an elegant and beautiful 1930s construction. The spaces are bright and well proportioned. Most of the original features were still there: the parquet, the moulding on the ceilings, the authentic wooden doors. However, a big part of the apartment seemed ugly and hopeless.

My client liked white interiors with a feminine touch and I thought that that was exactly what that old apartment deserved.

So we started working.

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The challenging parts were the entrance hall and all the “service area”.

The entrance hall (which is the room that gives the first impression!) had a ceiling with different heights and was not welcoming at all.

We decided to make the ceiling even, but couldn’t do so everywhere because the doors were not of the same height. So we created a recessed space that will host some pendant lights that will generate a “wow” effect when coming in.

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The other challenging part was the whole “service” area composed of a narrow corridor leading to bathroom, toilet and kitchen. All these spaces felt outdated and cold.

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Here we redesigned most of the spaces to create an extra shower-room, a laundry corner, proper storage and a more balanced bathroom. We changed interior volumes, layout, colours and materials and obtained a totally different feeling.

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We also changed the cheap bamboo floor with elegant tiles that matched the style idea and colour scheme that my client had chosen.

She liked the total white interior look but wanted also some feminine elements and colours here and there.

For the floors, we chosed the new Minoo serie from Bardelli that combined all these qualities and kept a neutral white background with occasional touches of more sophisticated and dark colours.

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In the new shower room we have a ton-sur-ton effect with beige tiles and beige wall with a surprise effect in the alcove.

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All renovations come with surprises but the one we had here was spectacular! When we removed the old kitchen cabinets we discovered they were hung on… a door!

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For a moment I thought we had found a secret (extra) room! Then we realised that the door was a secondary entrance leading to a service staircase probably used by maids in the past.  And I imagined that same apartment eighty years ago and wondered how people lived in it and how much life it had seen.

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The renovation is almost finished and the apartment will be given back its original beauty and elegance taken away by many years of carelessness.

Stay tuned to see the final pictures and if you have bought a property whose potential you cannot really see, contact us at info@standingrenovation.com to discuss how we can help you.

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