This Paris Apartment Reno Is a Mix of Swedish and Mediterranean Influences

“Our client absolutely wanted to have terrazzo countertop, so we chose one with pastel stones and then defined the color of the kitchen cabinets,” says Hélène and Julien. “We used a light blue and some white 3D tiles for the island to have a Nordic atmosphere that we decided to warm up with brass shelves to add a Mediterranean touch.”

Creating a soft and uncluttered look, but with plenty of personality and contrasts, was the goal for the project.

After four months of design and the same period of work on-site, the project came to life just a few months ago, becoming the first dream home of the recently graduated artist, where she can relax and get inspired in a discreetly refined space.

BEFORE: A fresh coat of white paint was the main remedy for the dark and dated bedroom.

AFTER: Pieces by Scandinavian brands and designers such as Menu, Louis Poulsen, and Muuto adorn the main bedroom. The large closet hides two sliding wooden doors with brass handles.

“The apartment is both soft and bold with an arty style,” describe the interior designers. “Geometric shapes, such as arches and triangles, were also an important part of the design.” Original materials including porcelain stoneware tiles combined with birch plywood, pastel hues, and abstract volumes characterize this quiet apartment. Mastering the art of contrasting cold and warm elements, and feminine and masculine colors to shape timeless interiors, Hélène and Julien have already developed a unique visual language. “The architecture is a way to find concrete solutions to facilitate daily life but also to bring a little bit of poetry to it.”

BEFORE: The space on the second floor had a lot of potential—it could be used as an office or a second bedroom.

AFTER: The arches bring a touch of originality to the space and act as a nod to the geometric shapes distilled throughout the apartment. Plus, they bring in extra light to the stairway.

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