Mid Century Apartment in the City of LondonTransitional Living Room, London
Living room. Use of Mirrors to extend the space.
This apartment is designed by Black and Milk Interior Design. They specialise in Modern Interiors for Modern London Homes. https://blackandmilk.co.uk
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Go wall to wallIn this flat, the mirrored wall behind the sofa was already in situ when the owners moved in. However, when the builders had to cover it up during the renovation, the designers realised just how effective it was at reflecting light and creating a feeling of space. They decided to leave it in place to open up the living room and make it feel larger.
Reflect yourselfThe star feature in this elegant sixth-floor, one-bedroom flat designed by Olga Alexeeva of Black & Milk Interior Design is so clever, you might miss it at first glance. Ironically, while refurbishing the entire flat top to bottom, it was one of the few details she chose to keep from the original design. Spotted it yet? Yes, it’s that full-wall mirror behind the sofa. “The builders covered it up to protect it during the work and this made us realise how much it actually helped the room, so we decided to keep it,” she explains.
Play with symmetryThis tiny apartment is packed with clever space-saving ideas, not least of which are the two pocket doors shown reflected in the mirrored wall behind the sofa. Two regular doors in a room this compact would have eaten into valuable floor space, impacting the furniture arrangement. But using two neatly symmetrical pocket doors instead provided a much smarter solution. The doors can slide discreetly and efficiently back into the wall to open up and connect the three spaces when required and they also allow a better flow throughout the space.Would you use a pocket door in your living space? Tell us in the Comments section.
Hide it in plain sightAt first glance, this looks like a spacious living room with a regular sofa in the centre. Look again and you’ll notice the sofa is actually placed in front of a mirrored wall, which creates the effect of a much larger room. As the sofa was so central to the room scheme, the designer – Olga Alexeeva of Black and Milk Interior Design – was keen to choose a sofa bed that was as beautiful as it was practical. “The sofa was the anchor for the scheme,” she says. “Then it was quite an organic process of building up the look. There is a large mattress underneath which pulls out. It has a slightly French look to it and it’s also incredibly practical.”View the rest of this one-bedroom London flat
Houzz at a GlanceWho lives here A professional couple who work in the CityLocation The City of LondonProperty An apartment on the 6th floor of a 1990s block Size One bedroom, one bathroomInterior designer Olga Alexeeva of Black & Milk Interior DesignPhotos by Daniel LysenkoThe apartment was completely refurbished, with walls removed, to create a larger kitchen and all the flooring and ceilings replaced. Alexeeva decided to keep a wall of mirrors, original to the flat. “It was there from the start,” she says. “We joked that there was someone sitting behind there watching us! The builders covered it up to protect it during the work and this made us realise how much it actually helped the room, so we decided to keep it.”You can see in the mirror the two pockets doors that give access to the kitchen and hallway. “When you’re dealing with a small space, pocket doors are one of my favourite solutions!” says Alexeeva. “They are an easy option but really help to free-up the wall space that an open door would block.”