Redleaf Apartment

Redleaf Apartment

The interior design of this harbourside apartment in Bellevue Hill celebrates the owners’ love of colour and art, using both to create exuberant connections throughout. From the first site visit, Briony saw the potential to transform what was an ordinary entrance into a grand space, using colour to make an impact. Walls now painted in a rich raspberry glaze, contrasted by custom shelving in teal, make for a dramatic, immersive experience. Pierre Yovanovitch wall sconces are among the special pieces that feature in the apartment, where custom furnishings and artworks form a vivid interplay of hues.

Pink tones reappear on the dining chairs and again on armchairs in the living room, where corduroy sofas in jacaranda blue pick up the tones of an abstract painting. A coffee table in Carrara marble, oak and brass contributes to the generously sized pieces that make the most of the light-filled space. In the kitchen, the rust-hued vein in the black marble benchtops inspired Briony to introduce brilliant orange tones in the Roman blinds. The curves of the blinds and the Thonet chairs provide softening lines, while cabinetry in Yves Klein blue offers another bold burst of colour.

That same blue enriches the walls of the sunroom, a vibrant space that hugs the curves of the Art Deco building. Despite its spectacular view, the room was formerly under-utilised due to the glare of an all-white interior under the north-west sun. Briony introduced colour to tame the brightness and bring the focus back to the view. Walls painted in Yves Klein blue gloss now meet a ceiling of pale blue-green that exhibits a calming opalescent quality. A curved sofa in teal velour follows the arc of the room, leading to a grouping of barstools upholstered in rust bouclé around a pink Marblo resin table that is perfect for harbour gazing.

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