Interior designer Vincent Cullane was asked by his client to create a contemporary look for a riverside house in London, reflecting the design preferences of a working mother in finance and a teenage boy obsessed with Manchester United. “They were moving from the nation to a converted construction by the Canary Wharf and wanted their house to reflect their easygoing lifestyle,” states Cullane.
The developer didn’t seem too much for inspiration. He began at the kitchen and chose with Andrea, his customer, the kitchen backsplash should reflect her child’s eyes. “We extracted the color from a photograph to get the blue just right,” he states.
in a Glance
Who lives here: Andrea and her teenage son
Location: Wapping area of London
Size: 1,506 square feet
Besides reflecting the teenager’s blue eyes, the color is also a nod to the maritime history of the city of Wapping and the home’s riverside location.
Glistening white cabinetry hugs the walls also functions with the substantial beam in the kitchen. Oak flooring and a raised wooden breakfast bartop warm up a contemporary kitchen that’s frequented by a cadre of football-mad boys.
Backsplash: Essex Safety Glass; light: Intalite
A wall that is black provides a stunning and manly feel to a room which could grow with the son. Patches of the wall area that is expansive fill.
Splashy bedding in red and blue add color and visual interest to the sleek space. “We worked with Andrea in every last detail of the layout — all the way into the bed linen,” states Cullane.
A personalized shelf juts out from the cabinet wall and exhibits a audio player and a speaker system.
The home’s contemporary identity is juxtaposed here with its industrial context. The house is on the Thames River and is near the industrial heartland of the area, the Docklands.
The feel of an exposed brick wall contrasts nicely with all the polished surface of the dining table and other sleek furnishings.
A closer look in the brick wall reveals its weathered look.
Cullane shows us a simple method to declutter bookshelves: Hide the spines and reveal only the neutral pages in white, ivory and beige. Even though it is not a look many subscribers adopt, it is perfectly suited for the styling of this contemporary area.
The designer maximized the narrow master bedroom with a customized wardrobe that’s flush into the wall. Blue and white background in a flowery print divides the neutral color scheme.
The strong horizontal lines of the bedroom lead the eyes at the direction of the balcony, which houses a little herb garden for the “cooking mother” in the house.
A dressing table mirror reflects the background printing, developing a sliver of routine play at the otherwise sharp and primitive visual plane.
Cabinets, vanity: custom by Increation
The unadorned flooring let us enjoy the consequences of the timber grain, also within the closet drawers.
This bathroom countertop has room for only soap and hand lotion, but the custom medicine cabinet has plenty of shelving to keep toiletries.
A rain shower is soothing in the sleek bath and simulates a tiny waterfall.
Slate tiles: Increation; bathroom: Claygate