Houzz Tour: Natural Textures and Earthy Hues Make a New Flat Cosy
Layering soft green, mushroom and plaster pink with tactile natural materials has turned a white box into a restful home
Having transformed countless properties for clients, this was a chance for him to think about how he wanted to live. “As you can imagine, as an interior designer, when I finally got my first place, I wanted to put my own mark on it,” he says.
His brief to himself? A place that was a calm retreat where he could disconnect and relax. Take a look at the before and after images to see the total transformation.
The walls and woodwork are painted in a pale mushroom colour, which works nicely with the oak flooring.
Omar chose a Samsung Frame TV, which looks like a picture when it’s turned off, and designed a media cabinet, made by his carpenter, and also painted this in mushroom. “The pink really works with the mushroom – it’s almost as if they’re the same tone,” he says. “So I decided to paint the woodwork the same shade, so it all blends in. There aren’t that many colours [in the room], so it’s very calm.”
He’s also brought in soft curves through the furniture. “The sofa was something I liked because of the cloud look – you just want to jump on it,” he says.
Walls painted in Mushroom, Little Greene. Armchair, West Elm. Engineered oak flooring, Ted Todd. Marenco sofa, Arflex. Soda side table in Amber; Soda side table in Petrol Green, Miniforms. Brass lamp, Cult Furniture.
The mirror echoes the arch in the living area. “I originally bought it for the bedroom, but when it was delivered, it was propped up there, and I decided I really liked it there – it just seems to fit in the space,” he says. “I was toying with the idea of having shelving there, but then thought, I don’t actually need it – it’s just extra clutter.”
The flooring was standard straight planks, so he went for light washed rustic oak parquet in a chevron pattern.
Afteroom dining chairs, Menu. Vuelta pendant light, Ferm Living.
A padded headboard runs the length of the room behind the king-size bed. “The black trimming just gave it a nice urban look,” Omar says.
Walls in Greige 01, Lick. Bedside tables, West Elm. Art, Lana Matsuyama. Bouclé throw in Khaki, Tom Dixon.
And the icing on the cake? A wall cabinet dedicated to his favourite fragrances.
Marble-look tiles in Alpine Green, Kayastone. Sasso Volakas marble countertop basin, Lusso Stone. Tap, Crosswater. Walnut vanity unit, Drench. Mirror, Mirror For You. Wall cabinet, Ferm Living.
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