This apartment in the Trocadero by Rodolphe Parente is seductive. Interesting use of volumes and color, combined with a mix of herringbone parquet floors, bronze and Calacatta marble create a space that is stylish and really Parisian. It’s also huge by Parisian standards (check out the size of the kitchen). Yet, there are some valuable lessons we can take away, so that you can mix and match to improve your own space.
Use color as a ground, connecting rug and sofa (or chairs). This is an effective way to concentrate color, leaving the rest of a room monochromatic. This is an effective strategy if you have a lot of artwork, or own one colorful piece.
Embrace a view by creating window seating. A banquette at a window encourages hanging out, reading a book, doing work and eating, while providing the best views at day and night. An adjustable light also makes the transition from day-to-night possible, setting the right mood.
Maximize the sense of space by creating custom sized furniture. This maximizes function, and the lack of “gaps” makes the space feel larger. Many vendors allow you to specify the size of furniture…choose a size that fits.
Not all built-in need to be entirely built-in, and recessed lighting no longer need to be fully recessed. Sometimes reality runs up against the dream, which requires accommodation. Here the depth behind the wall isn’t enough for a fully functional built-in wardrobe, so the cabinet pushes out. This is celebrated, not fought, with the use of bronze and fabric doors. The same idea can be applied to medicine cabinets, bookshelves, and night stands.
Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors. Mirrors function to expand space in a small room, and help bring light further into a room. It’s worth the investment. Need I say more?
David Bjørngaard, July 2015