Melbourne’s Neometro Design recently teamed up with our friends at Hub furniture to present a masterclass in apartment furnishing to anyone looking for tips on how to live in style in a relatively small space. Held at Neometro’s latest Fitzroy project, George Corner, Neometro Design Director, Jeff Proven and Founder and Director of Hub, Jaci Foti-Lowe shared their insights into the rise in popularity for apartment living as well as advise on how to select furniture for both space and style.
Drawing on her architecture and interior design experience, Foti-Lowe delivered to the audience a master class on apartment furnishing with the overarching message that not all apartments are created equal. “It’s the little things that great developers do that make the world of difference to the resident,” explains Foti-Lowe.
Here we share Foti-Lowe’s tips on how to furnish an apartment for maximum affect for both style and space.
1. Oversized art can make a great feature in an apartment. If the content of the art is muted and calming it can be easier to execute, but bright and bold can work too.
2. Allow for moments of relief by giving visually crowded areas room to breathe and choose furniture that doesn’t ‘boom’ or ‘shout’ for attention.
3. Lighting needs to give you more than one outcome. It needs to be bright or moody but don’t just leave that up to dimmers. Consider lamps, or a pendant light dropped from somewhere unexpected.
4. Choose a palette that you love and remember that, if implemented correctly, bolder colours, such as green, orange and yellow, can work as neutrals.
5. Have a place for everything, and keep everything in its place. If you can’t find the perfect spot for necessary items, such as an ironing board, consider covering it in designer fabric (ie. from Marimekko) and leaving it out on display. Replacing mundane, utilitarian items such as a classic dustpan and brush with beautifully crafted versions, and letting others live out and about, means you won’t need to usher them away.
6. If your living room is on the smaller side opt for modular seating and two layered side tables, rather than one big coffee table. Plan spaces carefully.
7. If you have one living space, it may need to work as both a study and workplace by day and a relaxing place of repose at night.
8. Let nooks and crannies work for you. Look for opportunities to deliver comfort and functionality, even in very narrow spaces that are easily overlooked, such as hallways.
9. Doing away with a full size garden, in favour of a balcony, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice depth of greenery. Achieve the same look, by opting for one big pot plant and surrounding it with smaller ones. When it comes to balcony furniture, go for a seat that doubles as a beautiful sculptural form when not in use. That way you’ll always have something beautiful to look at.
Jeff Proven from Neometro and Jaci Foti-Lowe from Hub.