A room with a view indeed. It is easy to see how the architects of this modern house were inspired by the beautiful plaza of Covent Garden. Steeped in history and endowed with a strong cultural heritage in the capital, this square has always been known as a center of activities, living with the bustle of the city. So when a London-based interior design and architecture studio Ward & Co, received an apartment project located in a Grade II listed building on the edge of the market square, the inspiration for the project was obvious.
âOur mission for this project was to create a space that reflects the listed status of the building, the cultural heritage of the place while respecting the archetype of the Covent Garden resident. explains Rosie Ward, Creative Director at Ward & Co.
âEvery element of the design, from the choice of materials and furniture to textures and colors, has been selected to reflect and celebrate these elements while considering the fabulous look and view of the historic Piazza. We worked with local artisans to capture the elegance and essence of the place with a vibrant touch and contemporary touches.
The living room
The color scheme used throughout the apartment consists of strong blues, soft grays, warmer brown tones, wood accents, and mustard yellows. The program was chosen for its classic ‘British’ feel which was current and fresh but also had longevity.
In the spacious reception room, which functions as both a living and dining room, there is a magnificent bespoke built-in library. But this bookcase isn’t just for show or storage, it’s a subtle nod to the Piazza from which this house draws its inspiration.
The craft library houses 400 books. Each book was chosen to honor a year in the history of Covent Garden, since its inception as London’s first modern square in 1630.
The dining area looks like its own ‘room’ placed behind the sofa, to create a separate area in the open plan space. Again, deep blues meet warm dark woods to give a very traditional and regal feel and yet the shape of the furniture, with its clean lines and Mid-Century look, gives the space a modern touch.
A small living room provides a more intimate space to relax away from the main living space. Here, the decor is fresher, more modern and less formal. Above the sofa is the nod to this piece in Covent Garden, a pair of oil paintings, commissioned for the project that reflect the views of the adjacent Piazza and the constant movement of the Market Square.
The same deep blues and wood tones can be found in the kitchen. White stone countertops and soft, off-white walls enhance these darker hues to keep the space always bright and inviting.
Bed and Breakfast
A bold blue four-poster bed fills the guest bedroom, but its simple, slim design means it doesn’t overwhelm the room. The blues are warmed by the gold accents of the wall sconces, mirrors, and small touches found in the white marble console table and matching nightstands.
The warm tones and textures continue in the master bathroom, which has been clad in natural stone. It provides the perfect backdrop for the unique Picasso resin freestanding bathtub, which has been elegantly lit by understated lights and all of those honey tones were offset by gunmetal brasserie.
The master bedroom has a charming and luxurious feel with a symmetrical design, plush headboard and sumptuous colors.
All the textures and warm colors make it cozy and inviting, so the smaller proportions create a cocooning space.
Ensuite master bathroom
The large adjoining master bathroom is modern and fresh with large marble wall tiles and a spacious walk-in shower. Again, a hint of warmth is added to the wood cabinetry and blue also comes into this room with the cushions used on the window seat, so the space remains consistent with the other rooms.