Located in South Yarra, a vibrant and much coveted residential neighborhood in Melbourne, Australia, this bright Victorian terrace flat has been recently renovated by local interior design studio Fiona Lynch who has drawn inspiration from Scandinavian design to create an environment of eclectic understatement with a touch of Parisian elegance.
The interiors are characterized by a subdued palette of white walls and blackbutt timber floor - an indigenous hardwood of cream colour - harmoniously complemented by the light grey and earth tones of the furnishings to create a relaxing ambience of restrained refinement. Eschewing the use of color, the designers have opted instead to use texture and contrast in order to give the apartment a unique character. Thus, the decor features richly textured light grey fabric for rugs and armchairs, off-white stone for the coffee table and cabinet counters, warm timber for tables and cabinet doors, and tan leather for the living room sofa, whereas the ornate period craftwork of the immaculately restored plaster cornices and ceiling medallions are contrasted with the minimal, modern light fixtures.
Puncturing this neutral-toned base, black splashes have also been cleverly inserted seen through the restored cast-iron fireplaces and Thonet bentwood chairs, as well as other slender details like picture frames and metallic side tables. If the black details are the designers’ idea of graphic punctuation on a white canvas, then the polished gold cabinetry in the kitchen is the renovation’s exclamation point. Featured among a minimal setting of off-white marble surfaces and black and blonde wooden cabinets, the gold both blends in and reflectively pops out, imbuing this distinctively contemporary residence with a sense of warmth and luxuriance.