London-based interior designer Blanca Sanchez was called upon to redesign a stunning and spacious family home in Surrey. Here she talks us through the project and we take a look at the stylish rooms she created...
What was your vision for this living room and how did it come together?
In this area, and in the adjoining dining room, the client had gold, silk curtains that she wanted to keep. In order to give the room more of an edge, I added charcoal grey as a contrast to the gold. This was echoed in the feature wallpaper on the fireplace and in the short pile-velvet of the sofas. Meanwhile, the round mirror on the fireplace connects with the round coffee tables and the motif on the scatter cushions on the sofas. The Waterfall Porta Romana lamps on the bespoke console add a sense of drama and all the colours are brought together by the large Robin Eckhardt artwork above the console.
What kind of impact were you trying to create in the entrance way?
With its classic stone staircase, the hallway set the tone for the rest of the house. We softened the staircase and made it more family-friendly with a carpet runner and contrast dark edge. The impact was created via the use of the feature light chandelier. The beauty of the hallway is enhanced by the way it connects to the open-plan dining-room area, which then extends the eye to the garden outside.
Tell us about the materials and colours you’ve used in the kitchen?
The kitchen palette focuses on dark oak wood units, complemented by smoke mirrors and simple and stylish composite worktops. The backs of the chairs were upholstered in a blue cut velvet, which complements the kitchen and connects to the scheme in the ope-plan family area beyond.
Every girl wants something like this walk-in wardrobe and we especially love the centre piece. What tips do you have for anyone hoping to recreate the idea in their own home?
The shoe display joinery is a bespoke piece created specifically for this space. It combines frosted perspex (central tube), clear perspex (shelves) and spray lacquered mdf to tie in with the rest of the dressing room. To create something similar, you would need a designer to draw it up, a specialist joinery company to manufacture, liaising closely with an electrician to bring the electrical supply to the bottom of the lit base. It's perfect for displaying favourite shoes and accessories on top.
The bathroom, as with the whole home, is minimalistic yet luxurious. What did you do to get it so right and what is the key to making sure the features don’t overlap or make a room look too busy?
The key in the master bathroom was to ensure that the room fulfilled the brief – giving a large, double-shower area and incorporating two basins, lots of storage and a feature bath while ensuring a spa-like look, working around the large skeiling (the straight sloped part of the ceiling) in the room. We started by deciding that the bath was best placed under the feature window, to make it a focal point in the room and imbuing a sense of calm and tranquillity in the room.
The key to ensuring that the room didn’t look too busy or the features overlap, was to work with the skeilings and not against them, by making them a feature and not trying to minimise them or box them in. The vanity unit was placed opposite the window to grab the light cast by the window. The bespoke unit was made from an Antique Brown stone slab, dark stained quarter-cut oak and bronze detailing on the mirrors and recessed light panels. We also kept the main floor finish understated and pure, by the use of light Sofya Beige marble on the floor. The shower was then tucked behind the vanity unit, giving a large space to shower in. The darker space was enhanced by the use of large bronze tiles on the wall, down lit by LEDs to enhance the moodiness of the space.
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Keya Modessa, ACHICA Features Writer
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