Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

From Teahouse to Dove; The Beauty of Grey

Interior spaces, Places & Faces

The Beauty of Grey

When we first walked into this Victorian terrace in Sydney’s Inner West, it was bland and dark and not functional. Working together with the client and their architect, we came on board to help transform the space into an adult, glamorous and elegant space which would stand up to the owner’s new baby and the many nieces, nephews and small friends who came to visit regularly.

The front of the house was left in its original condition and was largely transformed through the use of paint and furnishings. The formal lounge and dining room were painted a sultry shade of Dulux Teahouse Grey and to ensure that it wasn’t too heavy, all the timber work and the beautiful original cornices and skirting were painted white, Dulux Lexicon Quarter. We also chose to replace the worn original floor boards with new limed smoked oak floorboards which help to make the room feel light and airy despite such a dark and dramatic wall colour.

The back of the house was completely rebuilt to include a spacious kitchen and family room which opens out to the terrace and pool. This is where most of the action happens and is a comfortable space for family to gather and socialise which, in typical Australian style, blurs the line between exterior and interior living. The new extension was painted in Dulux Lexicon Quarter White to differentiate it from the rest of the house and element of the room such as the incredible Cararra splashback and stone flooring tie in the grey colour scheme. To create a sense of continuity we chose to use a limed and smoke oak veneer on the kitchen joinery to tie in with the flooring of the front of the house.

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Moving upstairs to the master bedroom we continued the grey walls in a shade lighter of Dulux Timeless Grey. The grand proportions of the terrace allowed us to choose pieces that were over-scaled such as the Jonathon Adler king size Woodhouse bed and Ventana 3 tier chandelier. Ordinarily these pieces would be too large to use in a bedroom but we needed to make a grand statement worthy of the room.

Up to the third level, where there are 2 more bedrooms and family bathroom, we chose to go a shade or so lighter again and used a softer grey called Dulux Milton Moon. It is the perfect dove grey colour and was suitable for the smaller proportions of the guest bedroom. To compliment the many shades of grey used throughout the house, we chose a fresh colour palette of navy accented with pops of brilliant green.

Greg Natale will be hosting two sold out Design Sessions at the Coco Republic Design School in October where he will be giving participants an inside look into his impressive portfolio. To find out more, visit the Coco Republic Design School.

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