Inspired by natural elements and modern trends, this one-bedroom CALA apartment offers residents a glimpse into the idyllic lifestyle in Aberdeen’s new urban village.
Southbank by CALA, located at Persley Den Drive, is set beside tranquil woodlands on the banks of the River Don.
Eileen Kesson, of Envision Interior Design, aimed to illustrate picture-perfect open-plan living throughout the new show home.
The talented interior designer decided to go for a sleek white, beige and grey colour scheme.
She said: “We used this particular colour scheme in the apartment to help demonstrate how the open-plan space was connected, allowing the colour scheme to flow right through.
“The inspiration came from the stainless steel-effect finish on the kitchen units which created a real statement.
“We complemented this with white stone and continued the theme through other pieces of furniture in the apartment.”
To make the dining kitchen look more cosy, Eileen decided to incorporate both matte and glossy finishes. She said: “We used grey matte and glossy finishes in both the lounge and kitchen/dining/living area to create a sense of flow from one space to the other, so that the rooms were connected.
“I think we’ll see an increasing trend towards matte finishes in kitchens in particular.
“Combining both finishes can help to create a cosy, tactile space.”
The monochrome theme continues in the inviting lounge which features a showpiece fireplace. A TV is mounted above the fireplace, but it’s cleverly camouflaged against back marble.
“We wanted to include a TV in the space but we didn’t want it to overwhelm the room,” said Eileen.
“This worked really well and is a really stylish way to combine a fireplace and a TV by turning it into a decorative element of the room.
“I think the marble/stone trend is definitely here to stay and we’re likely to see variations on it next season with the introduction of earthy colours.”
The luxurious-looking room is perfectly symmetrical with the same stone grey couch on either side of the room, separated by a statement black glass and metal coffee table.
In comparison, the family area of the kitchen and dining space sees a real mix of furniture.
Eileen said: “We have chosen individual pieces rather than sets. For example, the nesting tables incorporate glass and stone and create a really interesting, individual result.”
The designer said another easy way to create a really eye-catching centrepiece in rooms is to use a feature wall.
She said: “The main feature of the master bedroom is its panoramic wallpaper which frames the bed and shows large palm leaves.
“It creates a really high impact and gives the room a soft, vintage feel.
“The rest of the room was developed around the wallpaper. Foliage is a big interior trend at the moment.”
The simple colour scheme utilised in this show home is a great starting point if you want to add pops of colour to any room.
“The beauty of this colour combination is that you are free to incorporate any colours you wish depending on the atmosphere you want to create,” said Eileen.
For instance, by adding soft blushes, Eileen was able to create a really feminine look in one of the bedrooms. She also opted to use a funky fashion print to add a bit of character to the room.
She said: “The ‘Coco Chanel’ print was chosen to tie in with this feminine theme.
“Prints like this are a great way to inject a bit of fun and humour into a room and can be used anywhere in the home to create a personal touch.
“These types of prints are really popular at the moment.”
Completing the stylish accommodation is a bathroom which features contrast metallic glaze faceted tiles that help to create the perfect space to relax and unwind.
Eileen said: “The bathroom in the apartment is a really interesting shape with an alcove in which the bath sits.
“This was the inspiration to create a spa feel in the bathroom and we did this by using platinum glazed tiles which give the impression of liquid silver and the feeling of luxury.”
The interior designer aimed to create a really bright and airy feel in the well-proportioned property.
“One way we have created an airy feel in each of the rooms is to streamline the way we dress windows,” said Eileen.
“We have used contemporary, sleek curtain tracks which help to let in more light as well as Roman blinds which are less cluttered-looking.”