BRINGING PARISIAN ART-DE-VIVRE TO A LONDON PENTHOUSE
The French idea of art-de-vivre is similar to the idea of mindfulness. It’s about living life to its fullest and enjoying the present as it happens. Art-de-vivre influences both life and interior design all over France, but is it is particularly well expressed in Parisian apartments. If you want to bring this vibrancy and energy to a penthouse in London, there are several ways you can channel Parisian art-de-vivre. A penthouse across one floor is ideal for this, as it allows the creation of lateral harmonious living. De Rosee Sa’s recent penthouse project in Ladbroke Square in London was inspired by Parisian art-de-vivre. And with that in mind, here are some ideas to transform a London penthouse with Parisian-inspired touches.
Make It Light and Bright
To create a penthouse that’s light and full of life, it should feel bright and airy. There’s no need to use lots of bright colours, although some brighter accents can help to offside darker furniture. In addition to being inspired by Parisian interiors, take a note from Scandinavian countries and start your design with white walls. Whether you use traditional wood paneling or simply paint the walls white, it gives you a blank canvas to build on and keeps the space light. Clever use of mirrors also lifts up a room, helping not only to emphasise light but they also give the impression of more space.
To create a penthouse that’s light and full of life, it should feel bright and airy. There’s no need to use lots of bright colours, although some brighter accents can help to offside darker furniture. In addition to Parisian inspiration, take a note from Scandinavian countries and start your design with a white base. Whether you use traditional wood paneling or simple white painted walls, it provides a blank canvas to build on and keeps the space light. Clever use of mirrors also enhances light and gives the impression of space.
Emphasise Your Beautiful Views
In a penthouse apartment – being above the city – there’s a good chance of stunning views from at least one of the rooms. Whether it’s a London skyline or something a little greener, it’s essential to make the most of those views. Parisian art-de-vivre is about bringing in the world around you, and living life to its fullest. So if you have beautiful views from your home, you should make the most of them and enjoy them as often as possible.Whilst it might take some extensive work to reconfigure a penthouse to make more of the views – new windows that allow a clear line of sight, and even balconies, could be additions to consider and that will open up your space and bring the outside in. The creation of rooftop views evokes an exhilarating sense of being on top of the world.
Choose Natural Materials
Using natural materials is a fantastic way to create a more mindful space, one that facilitates thoughtful and enjoyable living. To create a sophisticated home with a quality feel, select your materials carefully. Natural stone is an excellent choice for a timeless look. Timber floors will add a feeling of warmth, the grain of the wood adding texture to every room. Furniture can also be used to bring in natural materials, from woods of different colours and textures, to rattan and leather covered pieces.
Enjoy Lateral Living
Many London penthouses are structured across a single floor, allowing for lateral living on one floor. Without the disruptive presence of stairs or steps, a single level keeps every space connected. This type of living helps to promote a more social home, with free-flowing spaces. No area will feel cut off from the rest if the layout is open plan. And even rooms where you might wish for more privacy, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, can still maintain a connection to the rest of the space.
Custom Pieces to Complement the Interiors
By having custom furniture, you can help create greater flow and harmony. When you design a stunning space that features pieces of bespoke furniture and artwork that have been created to fit perfectly within the environment, it will take the space to another level. If you can consider the choices you make for your interiors overall, before deciding how to best use bespoke pieces that will complement the existing design, then you can commission just what is needed.
Make Features of Life’s Essentials
Creating a penthouse that evokes the art-de-vivre feel of a Parisian home is about not hiding the markers of life being lived but making them features, for example showing off glassware, crockery and other items in glass-door cabinets, on sideboards and other places. Storing firewood in a stylish basket or box, instead of out of sight. Ultimately, art-de-vivre is about emphasising life well lived.