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2 Gorgeous Attic Apartments That Use Grey As Base

You can’t go far wrong in applying a modern neutral grey as a base for your decor scheme – or can you? Actually yes you can. Too much of a good thing can become monotonous or dull, too little and your interior design may come across as half-hearted and wishy-washy. So, what to do? These two beautiful attic apartments have achieved the perfect balance, using high volumes of grey balanced out with brightest white and base notes of black. Accessories have been carefully curated into interesting collections to make the schemes appear anything but boring. Take these two home tours to look and learn how to hit it just right.


Visualizer: Rohit Aurora  

The visualizations of our first interior were made based on an actual home. A grey gallery wall has been created down one side, where a flat screen television blends in with a menagerie of frames that are each a different size and depth. The picture frames contain monochrome art prints and photography to meld with the palette of the room. At the end of the gallery wall a concrete planter adds another shade of grey.

To balance out the shade, large areas of white have been used on walls, ceilings and accessories. A couple of chocolatey tones warm things up a little here too. Over the sofa, a small mirror reflects natural light from an adjacent large window.

Indoor plants provide the only splash of vibrant colour, and they are threaded at regular intervals throughout this apartment layout.

There are many, many home accessories inside this apartment; from the large gallery of pictures to random decorative vases and stacks of books. The smooth grey colour scheme holds all of these items together neatly as one cohesive and sophisticated collection.

Between the busy living room and a kitchen/dining area there is an area of calm. This is a home office spot, equipped with a simple black desk and chair.

The kitchen itself is made up of modern flat-fronted charcoal coloured cabinets, with a grey countertop and backsplash.

The dining suite comprises of a round black table encompassed by six light wood Scandinavian style chairs. The Wegner style Wishbone chairs sit atop a textured grey area rug to clearly define the eating area.

Above the table, a wire framed dining pendant light further anchors the eating zone in place.

Another flourish of light wood tone is found in the form of a full length entryway mirror and a small bench. Around the corner is the master bedroom.

Inside the master suite we’re greeted with more grey and black with live green accents.

Heavily patterned wallpaper over one small section adds a little flourish to the scene. A bedroom wall sconce introduces a flash of metallic at each side of a classically tufted and winged grey headboard.

Grey tiles provide durable flooring at the front doorway.

Grey kitchens are a great base for contemporary white fixtures like this solid white faucet.

The kitchen sink has a matching white finish too.

Gold fixtures add richness to a grey and white scheme.

A neat nook holds a set of coat hooks.

The wood flooring has a greyish hue to the grain.


Designer: Design Rocks  

Attic apartment number two gets added oomph from a large dose of honey coloured wood tone over it’s industrial grey base. Concrete living rooms provide a strong and edgy approach to a grey palette.

A ceiling mounted fireplace acts as an unusual focal point at the head of the room, but a bespoke storage unit with wooden cabinet doors competes for attention. The unit holds a stack of logs for the adjacent wood burning stove.

Two swing arm wall lamps stretch out over the dining area creating an unusual look.

A long breakfast bar is installed as a second eating area, above which a length of wood tone disguises the underside of an overhanging mezzanine level.

The wood cladding continues down over and around a door.

The bathroom is a more subdued affair, to promote relaxation.

Beyond the black and grey breakfast bar, the kitchen has notes of brown.

Beyond an glazed wall we can spy a multitude of indoor plants.

A few plant specimens have made it through into the main living area to become part of the scheme.

The indoor garden makes a tranquil sitting area with the introduction of a bright teal accent chair.

This lighting scheme draws attention to a textured wall and a set of handy wall mounted storage cubbies. The bathroom basin also has an interesting texture to its outer edges.

A wooden hallway takes us to a wood staircase, guarded by lion head wall art.

The balustrade is a wood and glass combo.

The staircase leads up to the mezzanine balcony where we find an extensive row of white gloss closets beneath black ceiling beams.

At the end of the closet run, a master bedroom reveals an interest in the equine, with monochrome horse murals applied over concrete walls.

A series of wood panels have been applied across the headboard wall to create an attractive feature. The same design has been implemented on a partially dividing wall at the foot of the bed, which also holds a built-in TV screen. A simple black wire frame table acts as a bedside unit. A trio of industrial lights are suspended above it.

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40 Beautiful Bedroom Chairs That Make It A Joy Getting Out Of Bed – Or Not Want To Go There At All!

Whether you’re an organised sort of a person that prefers to lay out the next days outfit on a chair by the bed, or the disorganised type that leaves todays jeans strewn across it, you appreciate that handy chair. You might like to have a cosy bedroom chair where you can kick back and relax with a good book or amble around the internet on a laptop before rolling into bed, or enjoy a cup of fresh coffee at dawn. Whoever you are, whatever you like to do, a beautiful chair makes a great addition to a bedroom. Here’s a selection that covers just about every base and taste.


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Grant Featherston-Style Contour Wing Chair: Looking very suave in this dark dramatic setting, this mid-century modern muted fabric armchair has a sleek curved wingback style. A buttoned back creates a classic look whilst simple wooden legs give a modern flair.


$927BUY IT

Wegner Style Papa Bear Chair: Goldilocks wouldn’t have bothered with Baby Bear’s chair if she’d found this Papa Bear Chair first! With linen upholstery and a pleasantly angled wooden frame, this is an attractive modern classic lounge chair with a matching ottoman. Pairing two of these sets together creates a cosy bedroom sitting area.


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Saarinen Style Womb Chair: Another bedroom chair with matching ottoman, this one is upholstered in premium cashmere and high density foam over fiberglass. Originally known as the Wombat Chair, Eero Saarinen created it in 1948. Saarinen designed with the human body form in mind, resulting in organic shapes that are as comfortable as they are curvaceous. This mid-century scandinavian chair is available in an array of colours, including: red, orange, brown, oatmeal, light grey, baby blue, and purple.


$599BUY IT

Finn Juhl Model 45 Style Chair: From an original model created in 1945, this is an iconic piece of mid century modern furniture design. Like the original by Danish designer Finn Juhl, this reproduction features a solid timber American Ash wood timber frame. A complicated piece to reproduce due to numerous crucial details, this piece has been intricately handcrafted to maintain the integrity of the original design.


$1000BUY IT

Eames Style Lounge Chair: A bedroom lounge chair with real ‘wow’ factor. This white Italian Aniline Leather and plywood chair with ottoman set is a premium quality reproduction of the iconic design by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames.


$65BUY IT

Eames Style Shell Rocker: Modern rockers make great bedroom accent pieces, they are quirky and relaxing to sit in. They also tip gently forward to allow you to easily put on shoes! This one is a stylish modern twist on a classic. Heavy duty smooth plastic and edgy architectural support bars make these ideal for use as teen bedroom chairs too.


$335BUY IT

Tufted Bedroom Rocking Chair: This cosy rocking chair has a tufted back and deep cushioning. Swaying back and forth in this whilst lost a good book you might never go to bed.


$321BUY IT

Chaise Lounge With Storage: Bedroom chaise lounge chairs add a splash of elegance and this one is not just fancy but functional too; a storage compartment is concealed in its microfiber covered base.


$590BUY IT

Comfortable reading chair: You almost don’t need a bed when bedroom lounge chairs are as soft as this. If you have the space for a large marshmallow of a seat then check out our comfortable reading chairs post for some more ideas. This one comes in a multitude of colours, patterns and fabrics to suit any scheme.


$292BUY IT

Arne Jacobsen Style Egg Chair: Made with soft velvet material, this swivel chair is a fun 1970s throwback. A sturdy steel base holds a comfortably contoured seat that cocoons the occupier.


$178BUY IT

Bertoia Style Diamond Chair: Harry Bertoia experimented with open forms and metal work, “If you look at the chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture,” said Bertoia. The original design is also available here.


$800BUY IT

Platner Style Chair: Available with velvet or linen upholstery, these mid-century modern bedroom chairs make an elegant statement.


$410BUY IT

Acapulco Style Chair: A pear-shaped frame of woven vinyl cord gives this modern chair great breathability. The weatherproof design can be used indoors and outdoors and comes in a choice of black, green olive and orange colour ways. There are also plenty of cheaper versions of this style of chair available.


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Wegner Style Circle Chair: Triple sanded solid hardwood forms the strong and smooth frame of this bohemian-chic chair. It has been crafted by hand, and wheels have been added to the back legs to allow the piece to be moved with ease, without damage to floors.


$246BUY IT

Wassily Style Chair: As far as cool bedroom chairs go, this one rates high on the charts. Black bonded leather pieces connect the chrome frame of this contemporary piece.


$549BUY IT

Wegner Style Shell Chair: Gracefully curved for an artistic finish, slightly reclined seating promotes relaxation. Built without compromise to original specifications, these are durable mid-century design reproductions.


$100BUY IT

Eames Style Moulded Plywood Chair: Small bedroom chairs don’t have to be short on style. This little retro beauty is made from thin sheets of veneer that have been organically sculpted to fit the body. Available in black, natural, red, walnut and wenge finishes.


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Eames Style Molded Plywood Chair With Steel Base: From the mid-century chair that was cited by Time magazine as the best design of the 20th century. This replica of the Eames has a 7-layer plywood molded seat with durable American walnut veneer.


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Wegner Style Wing Chair: If master bedroom chairs should appear masterful then the strong and unmistakable Danish modern stance of this design definitely looks the part; originally created in 1960 by designer Hans J Wegner.


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Patricia Urquiola Style Husk Chair: How about this blissful setting to house cozy bedroom chairs? Is it the fabric cushioned chair, the roaring fireplace or the woodland view that sets us aglow? We can’t be sure, better work on all three.


$241BUY IT

Butterfly Sling Chair: This simplistic brown leather chair could meld with many bedroom schemes. Here, a cosy faux sheep skin enhances the look.


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Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair: Shaped like a raindrop, this chair comes in colours storm blue, stone grey, black and white. If you find these modern bedroom chairs a bit pricey, cheaper replicas are available here.


$135BUY IT

Saarinen Style Tulip Chair: A sleek minimalist design on a pedestal base, the seat has a comfortable organic shape that also works well as a desk chair or at a dressing table. The original is available here.


$150BUY IT

Salt Chair: A modern design with country cottage charm, the Salt chair has a compact footprint making it ideal for small spaces. Finished in water-based opaque paint colours black, white, oak, red, or grey.


$310BUY IT

Black Wishbone Style Chair: Looking right at home in this monochrome scheme, this chair has a black wooden frame with a light natural papercord seat.


$265BUY IT

Swan style chair: A retro-inspired design on a metal frame that can be adjusted in height thanks to a hydraulic lift function. These make great teen bedroom chairs with their bright pop of colour.


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Beetle Side Chair: Fans of experimental design, Danish designers Stine Gam and Italian architect Enrico Fratesi were inspired by the aesthetics and movement of a beetle when creating this chair. But it’s not even the remotest bit creepy, or crawly.


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Eames Style Patchwork Chair: A great one for an eclectic setting. This upholstered chair is also available in plain fabrics in just about every colour of the rainbow.


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Mid Century Style Velvet Bedroom Side Chair: The most comfy bedroom chairs have plush fabric and a supportive back, this chair has both. A broad high back makes this a comfortable option for those on the taller side too.


$111BUY IT

Vintage Style Walnut Finish Bedroom Side Chairs: A bedroom table and chairs arrangement forms a nice spot for a coffee and a chat. These vintage mod chairs have an attractive wood frame in rich walnut finish that can be easily matched with a side table.


$159BUY IT

Fabric Barrel Chair: Make a colourful statement with a bright tub chair. This particular one with button tufted back comes in orange, blue, grey, and beige.


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Thonet Style Chair: A cafe style chair inspired by Michael Thonet’s classic. This new take is a metal version that honours the timeless beautiful curves. It is also stackable.


$138BUY IT

Clear Polycarbonate Chair: A ghost chair is a great option for smaller spaces or within minimalist decor as it has a barely-there appearance. It’s also suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.


$220BUY IT

New York Papasan Chair: The curvaceous iron frame of this chair makes it an attractive accent piece. It could be teamed with a cushion for extra comfort.


$875BUY IT

Aldama Chair: This update on a classic was co-designed with young talent in the Coyoacan neighborhood in Mexico City. A wider seat, more reclined angle, thick natural leather (instead of the classic beachside plastic) takes this patio staple upmarket and indoors.


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Bedroom Hammock Chair: Hanging chairs for bedroom schemes create a dreamy look, especially when used as girls bedroom chairs in a softer setting.


$707BUY IT

Rattan Swing Bedroom Chair: This indoor swing chair comes in natural rattan or white.


$160BUY IT

Papasan Bedroom Chair: Stretch out over this spacious 42-inch design with a luxurious feeling micro suede fabric cushion.


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Double Papasan Chair: Even more space to lounge!


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Bedroom Bean Bag: Well, we couldn’t forget a this classic – the beanbag!

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Interior Design Around Walnut Wood Finishes: 3 Great Examples

Walnut is a hardwood with a rich and inviting tone, and can range in shades from mellow to dramatic. It has long been a popular choice for flooring. It’s also prolifically used as a style of veneer over kitchen cabinets, which can be either matte and understated or luxuriously glossy. Walnut is highly versatile and increasingly used not just for floors and furniture but as interior wall cladding too. We’ve sourced three beautiful modern homes that are abundant in walnut finish, which also demonstrate how this warming wood tone can be complemented by other room decor. Let’s explore walnut friendly upholstery and paint colours and carefully considered lighting schemes.


Visualizer: Andrey Kabanov  

First up is a 140 square metre apartment that uses wide panels to create walnut accent walls. The rich dark tone is extremely striking and has been balanced out with a generous amount of white space around the rest of the room. A mid-grey sectional sofa sits in front of the wall, teamed with a gold floor lamp. The precious looking metal adds a lovely warmth to the setup. A peppering of black accents complement the weighty wood tone.

The interior doors of this home are of a matching dark walnut tone to the wall panelling.

A large wall clock add interest to a pale expanse that spans the upper half of an entertainment wall. Beneath this is a light grey marbled section that backs a black wall-mounted console unit.

The window blinds and curtains are a deep bottle green, and these are matched by a throw pillow on the sofa and various plants and flower foliage around the open plan living scheme. This natural tone works beautifully with the earthy walnut.

The flooring here appears to be a lighter walnut heartwood. The light floor keeps the home looking spacious and airy despite having large areas of deep brown over walls and a large walnut dining room table.

Six beige chairs with dark legs surround the long dining table. Over in the kitchen, flat fronted handle-free walnut cabinets hold an integrated mirror finish oven. The reflective surface works beautifully against the woodgrain.

Base cabinets, kitchen sink and countertops are black in contrast.

In the master suite, the contemporary design of the bedroom pendant lights looks sharp against a wooden accent wall.

The opposite wall is a soft and relaxing shade of grey.

A home office continues the quiet grey palette across walls, desk and a stylish ergonomic chair. We find a pop of green brought through from the living room scheme here too.

One more green cushion is resident in a sitting nook in the hallway. The nook is completely covered in dark walnut, making it stand out from surrounding white cupboards.

A floor to ceiling mirror adds light and sparkle behind a small white console.

The bathroom scheme is predominantly charcoal grey marble tiles, paired with softer grey.

An espresso coloured heated towel rail echoes a walnut door.

The cloakroom pulls from the same look book as the master bathroom.


Visualizer: Hilight  

Wonderful walnut infused home number two is a predominantly white scene with just a sprinkling of black to keep things sharp and anchored.

The accent colour in this home is a bold teal, seen here in the area rug beneath the monochrome modular sofa and oversized white floor lamps.

All of the walnut in this open plan has been applied across only one side of the room.

The wood cladding encompasses two separate volumes.

The volume on the left hold a fireplace on one side, and continues around to form part of the kitchen.

A chunky white dining table sits below a white dining room light.

The wooden volume to the right is the hallway. A built-in seat and a cool lighting scheme make this a truly bespoke space.

A new colour is introduced in the games room. Three deep red bean bags sit ready and waiting in position.

A set of bookshelves behind make this a reading area too.

There is also book storage in and around stairs in this home. The staircase has beautiful walnut treads and sides.

Up in the attic space there is a home office decorated in teal and white.

The master suite has chocolate brown woven bedroom pendant lights. These ones are Random light.

The bed is upholstered in charcoal grey.

In the bathroom, soft lighting illuminates the perimeters.

Light lifts the edges of a textured wall.


Visualizer: KK Architects  

Our last walnut rich interior is lifted by the introduction of mossy green, like this velvety sofa.

Beige curtains work well with the warmth of the walnut feature wall.

White cabinets lift the look of walnut in a kitchen, as does a clever LED lighting scheme.

Adjacent pale concrete gives walnut an edgy look.

The black cut-through design across the kitchen is echoed by an installation of black shelving.

Perimeter lighting showcases natural woodgrain.

The bed in here repeats the mossy look of the sofa out in the lounge.

A gold planter adds a fun yet sophisticated feature, as well as a touch of visually warmth. The plant itself adds a little colour and life.

The bathroom is a pale, clean scheme with no dark walnut present at all. Though the soft lighting around the mirrors over the vanity does provide continuity with the rest of the apartment.

A second bedroom introduces a splash of red, via a large piece of artwork. The vibrant tone gives a much needed blast of heat to pale grey and white decor.

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