Artworks have the power to inspire, lift or transform a space, and in the case of this contemporary two-storey, four-bedroom home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, art provided a significant starting point for the house’s redesign.
The owners possessed an amazing retro art collection and required a bold, modern setting that worked with and highlighted their precious pieces.
A David Bowie print was the inspiration for the formal living room, where a large tufted leather lounge taps into its ’70s vibe. But the room’s layers extend beyond that era, with an elegant Kelly Wearstler carpet echoing the legs of the dining to deliver modern glamour.
Against that, graphic-patterned wallpaper on both walls and ceiling give the room a vibrant buzz while also cocooning it and keeping it intimate, personal and special.
A black and white Marilyn Monroe print anchors the family room, where bold blocks of monochrome are punctuated by pops of pink. The polished sheen of a round coffee table brings the contrast of curves to the graphic squares of the rug below and the blocks of surrounding furniture.
The palette of the house was changed from brown to black and white, a transformation that immediately brought a more contemporary feel to the place, while creating a backdrop that allows the artworks to take centre stage. Amidst the monochromes, carefully chosen injections of intense colour reflect and offset the artworks, almost acting as art in themselves.
Rich, luscious colour lifts the formal dining room via two watermelon-bright Baxter armchairs, which echo the tones of a sculpture by Dion Horstmans on the wall.
Alternating black and white give the kitchen its dramatic appeal, where the grey vein running through a white marble island softens the white surfaces elsewhere, and oversized silver doorknobs accentuate the black cupboard doors.
In the main bedroom, the use of colour is rich yet subtle, opulent yet soothing, as lilac soft furnishings are enhanced by silk hand-painted lilac wallpaper. In counterbalance to this are clean white lamps and furniture, sleek grey accessories and a graphic black and white carpet, which adds detail and interest.
The eclectic artworks of this contemporary house are highlighted and celebrated thanks to a sophisticated black and white background and considered injections of luxe colour throughout.