It is easy to admire upmarket properties, only to conclude that you will never have the money to own one. However, there is nothing to stop you taking some interior design inspiration from them and adding a few luxurious touches to your home.
Take the Bryanston Mews West property being marketed by Savills in the fashionable W1 district of London as an example. Its seven-figure price tag is largely down to its location, but there is still plenty to learn from the stylish decor and clever use of space.
Kitchen / Breakfast Room
The maisonette’s kitchen is long and narrow, but has been fitted out to give it the feel of a much larger room. The white units provide plenty of storage space and, along with the light floor tiles, neutral walls and ceiling, help to ensure it is bright and makes the most of the sunlight from the window.
There are also some neat features you could emulate in your own home. The breakfast bar is fixed along a wall so that it uses the minimum amount of space possible, but the mirrors help to make it look bigger and the bar stools add a touch of style. If you have children, you could opt for adjustable-height stools with easy to clean leather seats instead of upholstered ones.
Lounge / Dining Room
Open-plan living areas can become something of a jumble unless careful thought is given to the layout. That has certainly happened at Bryanston Mews West, where the designer has managed to create separate dining and lounge areas, but with a single look. The use of white throughout the room means it has a light feel, while the brown rug and furniture provide a stylish contrast. The pictures on the walls and their frames are an integral part of the colour scheme, helping to enhance the clean look of the room.
There are a couple of other clever touches that you could use. The clear coffee table is practical but does not make the lounge space look cluttered, while the spotlights around the room provide soft, direct light without being as prominent as a large central ceiling-mounted fixture.
The master bedroom is a great example of a light, airy room. The white walls, pale lemon carpet and the furniture make the most of the natural light from the window, while the spotlights and bedside lamps provide soft lighting for after dark.
One stylish idea you could take is how the bed has become a feature. A large headboard in a contrasting color to the room’s walls (perhaps in the same shade as the curtains) really grabs the attention and a matching bedspread completes the look nicely.
A great place to relax at the end of the day.
The kids’ bedroom is sweet and organized.
Modern and sleek.
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