«Ma vie, mes règles» (“My life – my rules”) – this phrase, uttered in French, one can often hear from residents of the Fifth Republic. The owner of the apartment that we will visit today is guided by the same principle. The apartment is located on two floors of an old house in Paris, hiding from the hustle and bustle in one of the city’s historic districts.
One look at the interior of this French apartment and you can tell for sure – two design directions were involved in its decoration: retro and loft styles. This proper combination of stylistic trends contributes to the achievement of the desired effect. These interiors are typical for people who are directly related to the creative elite and for freedom-loving individuals who know their true value.
When finishing the walls the simplest technologies and materials were used in every room: leveled surfaces are painted in noble white. Some rooms fully retained their original surface texture and shape ceilings. The main floor covering for all rooms, except for the common areas, is parquet. This decorative material was completely replaced by the owner of the apartment during the restoration of premises while maintaining all the best features of wood – its ability to create a sense of comfort and warmth.
The layout of the apartment as a whole has not changed much too. The most notable changes were made in areas such as kitchen, bathrooms and toilets.
First level of the apartment
The lower floor of the old apartment houses several rooms. The most spacious of them is the living room having two different functions. First, the owner of the apartment rests there on a daily basis and regularly receives guests. Secondly, the room has a dining area.
This space includes, in addition to a steady wooden table, two pairs of soft armchairs of the brownish color, artificial fireplace, decorative panel in blue colors, and several light fixtures. With this comfortable dining table, provided for in the interior of the room, the owner of the property can eat both in the kitchen and in the living room. In addition, the table surface is occasionally used by the owner for reading books.
Guest part of the room provides for:
– two different sofas;
– several coffee tables of unusual shape;
– original cabinet resembling a safety deposit box;
– floor lamps in different designs.
One of the sofas has leather upholstery, the another one is covered with a soft cloth. Various coffee tables, placed in the guest area, create convenience and comfort. The table standing in the center of the recreation area is perfectly complemented by a low wooden chair of unusual shape.
In addition, a metal bookcase is located near the soft sandy-gray sofa.
The room has several color accents. The brightest spot in the room is a red decorative panel, hanging over the soft sofa. Motley bluish-crimson carpet covering the living room floor does not catch the eye at once.
Natural light enters the room through the large windows occupying one wall of the room. Carved decorative antique elements serving as handles look intriguingly at the window frames. Openings are decorated with simple sand-colored curtains to match the soft couch.
The kitchen occupies a small space in the Paris apartment. This area has a quite modern look, thanks to the new plumbing and functional electrical appliances.
The main priority here is given to white, beige and blue-gray tones. A small kitchen table with a round countertop and three metal chairs is well below the window level.
One of the bedrooms of this Paris apartment, provided for in the project, is also located on the lower floor.
The interior of this room, in addition to a spacious bed, has a small closet with lots of drawers, a dresser for storing larger items, a comfortable sofa, open shelves for books and several table lamps of various shapes and colors.
In addition, the lower level of the apartment provides for a modern bathroom with shower, decorated in retro style.
Second level of the apartment
You can get to the top floor apartment of French using stairs with wooden steps and white railing.
This floor houses another bedroom, bathroom and several other rooms.
The bedroom, located on the second floor of the apartment, is a bit similar to the one on the lower floor. However, here you can see more unusual architectural elements. The headboard is decorated with antique moldings. The room has a somewhat asymmetrical appearance as the designers didn’t make significant changes to the original layout of the apartment.
The bathroom has a very unusual design. In this room, as well as in the bedroom, all the features of the old house were used, so that the interior of the room has natural light entering the bathroom through a small window opening. If necessary, you can use the lamp, hanging above the sink.
The bath itself does not take up too much space, which allows placing a sink and a colorful laundry basket in the area. In addition, the room has a built-in cabinet with mirrored doors for storage of personal care products and an urn with floral ornaments.
One would think, what so special can be about the interior of an old French apartment? So many of these houses are lost in the narrow alleys of Paris! And only by becoming a guest of this old apartment, it becomes possible to give a precise answer: its owner managed to implement an almost impossible thing – the apartment got a chance for a new life while retaining all its elegance and charm.