Homes

Dark hues and architectural lines transform this London home designed by Direct Painting Group

SEP 5, 2020 | By Aneesha Bhadri
The living room features a leather sofa with cushions and throws by Jane Clayton, vinyl wallpaper and bold abstract art pieces; Photographs by Anthony Robert
Another perspective of the living room reveals wall-to-ceiling windows lighting up the monotonal space; Photographs by Anthony Robert
An artistic wooden partition is pictured here in front of the wall clad in vinyl wallpaper; Photographs by Anthony Robert
Close-up of the contemporary shelving unit near the textured wall; Photographs by Anthony Robert
The bathroom adjoining the home office is furnished with an antique style wallpaper and metallic light fixtures; Photographs by Anthony Robert
Close-up of the powder room; Photographs by Anthony Robert
Bespoke furnishings by Roundhouse Design characterise the kitchen; Photographs by Anthony Robert
Another look of the minimalist kitchen, where the monochrome palette continues; Photographs by Anthony Robert
Creamy hues dominate the master bedroom, which is covered in vinyl wallpaper. Dark hardwood flooring is balanced out by quirky furniture and lighting around the bed; Photographs by Anthony Robert
Patterned cushions by Jane Clayton and throws decorate the master bed in beige tones; Photographs by Anthony Robert
Metallic accents, contemporary artwork and rich materials infuse this bedroom with understated luxury; Photographs by Anthony Robert

This 2,520 sq ft home in Knightsbridge, London, is a dramatic play of monochrome hues and modern design. A muted colour palette threaded with antique bronze, greys and blacks sets a theme of understated sophistication.

Designed by Direct Painting Group, this property celebrates functional design and minimalist living in a contemporary setting. The entrance reveals the open-plan living room that is divided into the lounge and dining area.

Beyond the dining area lies the spacious kitchen replete with bespoke design. “This was the most enjoyable part of the house to work on. The dark-toned cabinets are balanced out by the marble countertop and backsplash,” says Rocco Falzon, co-founder of Direct Painting Group.

On the opposite side of the hallway is a study with its own bathroom, while the bedrooms and ensuite facilities are located on the upper floor. The muted palette and modern design elements continue into the private quarters, re-affirming the overall theme of understated luxury.

“Integrated furniture is a reigning design trend this year. From the living room through to the kitchen, it is one of the leading elements, with incorporated shelving and cabinetry. And it reinforces the home’s modern appeal,” adds Falzon.

Complementing the contemporary furniture and dark palette are warm accent shades and plush materials. These bring out the richness of the palette. On the other hand, wooden flooring with metallic fixtures highlight the elegant look of the house. With a focus on colour, shape and space, the interior overlays darker hues, natural tones and clean architectural lines to create a modern aesthetic of clean lines and sleek finish.

An outdoor seating area with wooden fencing is bathed in the same dark colour scheme as seen in the interiors, albeit counterbalanced by green shrubbery. Rattan furniture by Beds UK decorates this cosy space.

“I believe that great design should observe and respond to the way we interact with our homes. From inbuilt shelves in the living room to the breakfast bar in the kitchen, this home is built around instinctive design for a more convenient living experience,” explains Falzon.

A space curated for entertaining with functional accents, bold furnishings and bespoke lighting—this abode expresses itself through a modernist lens inspired by Japanese design.