A lack of natural light is often a problem in apartments. This is usually because the urban landscape is clusters of tall buildings that block out available light. One way to deal with the problem is to design an interior that plays up the drama of the location.
With this inner-city apartment, designer Geoff Thomas chose to use the lack of light to create a living environment that replicates the night sky.
This he achieved by painting the walls and the ceilings of all the rooms in the same colour anthracite grey. Thomas chose the colour to complement the night-time view from the 15th floor apartment.
He then enhanced the overall design by using lighting to provide vignettes into the rooms when passing by.
Throughout the living areas, the floor was already a grey marble. While not a finish of choice, the designer says his night-time theme works with the polished hard surface.
"In the evening, with the right lighting, the floor is a fairly rich colour. It adds depth to the space, being a textural contrast with the matt walls and ceilings," Thomas says.
The curtains are also in the same tone. These are drawn at night to divide off spaces and add fluidity to the otherwise straight lines in the rooms.
"I like to take a colour and use it relentlessly. The only way I alter it is in the use of textures," he says.