London Design Studio
London Hyde Park Apartment

This lateral apartment designed by Katharine Pooley, that overlooks London’s Hyde Park, perfectly illustrates how to make the most of a smaller living space.

A pair of mirrors and large light coloured artworks instantly create a spacious feel. I added mirror side tables, polished nickel curtain poles and murano glass and nickel chandeliers for a fresh contemporary interior.

Ensure pipe runs and downlights are positioned to the perimeter of each space. A coffered ceiling will then allow maximum height to the centre of the room for a statement pendant or chandelier.

Maximise your door openings. A tall set of double doors opens the entrance hallway into the living room creating one expansive space.

Linear furniture shapes with slender legs add form without bulk – this is critical in a narrow dining room.

In a smaller kitchen keep all finishes tonally similar. Add detail and interest with architectural ironmongery like these bronze linear handles.

Ribbed glass pendants are a beautiful addition, while bronze capped stiletto legs to the breakfast bar stools take up little floor space.

Consider polished plaster for walls, here I used white Italian stucco which gives the feeling of much more generous space. An inset Nero Marquina contrast inlay draws the eye down the hallway to the room beyond.

A combination of crystal lamps and wall mirrors hung above each bedside table will help a bedroom feel much more spacious and create a pleasing symmetry to the eye.

The smallest details can make a big difference – cushions and accessories in light colours and reflective finishes work well.

Crystal wall lights, mirror panelling and diffused recessed lighting around the vanity and below the bath all create a serene and light-filled bathroom.

I always prefer a textured wallpaper over plain paint finishes for a petite guest bedroom. A silk wallpaper adds warmth and the subtle sheen will move the light around the space.

Brass and fabric wrapped panels ensure this wall of joinery sits elegantly within the master bedroom suite. Joinery can overpower a smaller space so keep finishes light and detailing subtle like this elegant recessed handle.

In the guest bedroom, a joinery wall disguises the entrance to the en-suite. I designed a curved fluting detail to the veneer work to match the bespoke vanity unit beyond.
If designed and considered with the utmost care a bijou apartment can seem wonderfully generous.

The last few months have reminded us all that every inch of space is valuable. Make the most of what you have – my team and I are here should you require help.