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Time to head to the centre of Besançon, to an 18th century building housing a 70m2 apartment. Its last renovation? During the 1950s...For this investment property, architect Camille Bernard was able to let loose with colours! The result is a cool and chic flat, contemporary yet with a unique look. The open plan kitchen is a deep green, the pretty period details such as original mouldings and fireplaces are highlighted with a lick of pain and door frames act as punctation throughout the flat. A balance of shades, subtle details and more : discover it all with the founder of LalaHome. Follow us!
Goodbye partition walls and run-down kitchen and bathroom. To give a total makeover to this apartment, Camille reorganised the layout of the rooms, opening new perspectives and choosing a bold colour to dress up the open-plan kitchen. "I wanted a colour that was simultaneously strong, rich and timeless. Created by Plum, these matte lacquered fronts in their Olive shade, were the starting point for a tonal palette for the whole flat".
A second shade takes pride of place in this apartment: our Moka paint, used by Camille to colour plinths, window frames and wooden detailing. "A milky coffee shade with a touch of pink, this colour calms the intensity of Olive, whilst also warming it up. Used mostly in the living room, you can also find touches of this shade in the kitchen, to continue the theme". Ocre tiling, a walnut table and touches of black: it's these design-driven details that really bring a creative touch to the kitchen and pull everything together!
Squeezing in as much storage as possible, without overcrowding the space: therein lies the challenge of an open-plan kitchen. Mission accomplished thanks to this ingenious balance of colour. Camille shares her secrets: "shallower than columns, and covered with fronts in Plum's Lin colour, the floating shelves extend this streamlined effect." With drawers on one side, a bar on the other and a generous worktop, the two-toned kitchen island works a treat with the dimensions of the room and offers a cosy dining spot.
With just a tiny hint visible in the kitchen, our Moka shade comes into its own in the living room. "Neutral, but still with a bit of personality, I found this the perfect shade. It tones down the intensity of Olive in the kitchen, but still creates a cosy, warming environment." On the curves of the custom claustra, to the wooden detailing and the alcove, this colour adds some depth and rhythm to the apartment and links original features with modern elements.
A cute niche, wall mouldings and wainscotting: all it took from Camille was a lick of paint and a touch of wallpaper to bring this space alive! However, the issue of a big empty wall remained...the answer? Even more storage! Mixing Ikea cabinets with frame design Plum fronts in Moka, the lower storage units blend in with the deco. Above them, a combination of floating tablets made from MDF creates a perfect TV spot and bookshelf. A tip to create a built-in look: use different size shelves and opt for rounded ends!
The secret of balancing a palette of different colours? "Use a common basis, here a creamy off-white, and then consider how each colour you add to that works together with the rest. That way, you will avoid any last minute faux pas." But don't forget a few flicks of personality! In the master bedroom, a Glacier blue adorns the wooden detailing and ceiling mouldings, bringing depth and perspective to the room. Khaki green, ocre and electric blue, the kids' bedroom echos the main room, whilst still being child-friendly.
A full renovation doesn't always mean eliminating everything original! "In the master bedroom, I decided to highlight the period elements, giving them a new personality or purpose". Slightly lightened, the original pine parquet floorboard reminds us of Scandi floors. Painted in a bold blue and highlighted by Bejmat tiles, the fireplace gets a whole new look! The cupboard has been removed, replaced by a niche and a small desk, all in the same shade as the original wood.
We spotted it from the master bedroom, this kids' space blends seamlessly with the rest of the appartment. With just enough cheeky style, thanks to the fun parrot wallpaper. To solve that ever present question of storage, Camille once again mixes makeovers of orginal features with modern creations. Result: a custom-made shelving unit mixes slots into a corner area, and the fireplace makes a perfect toy store.
Covered in our Straight design fronts in matte lacquer colour Sable, two Ikea cabinets measuring 60cm provide the decor in the bathroom. Real Terrazzo covers the floor and a graphic pattern tile adorns the walls. Camille opted for impactful textures and materials, to add some charm to a palette of nude tones. An exercise in pretty subtlety, where attention to fine details makes all the difference "quieter than white, which would have popped too much alongside the rest, I went for beige grouting which works nicely with the overall colour scheme".
In this compact bathroom, the curved shower cabin is a real feature! For this room, Camille chose to play with organic shapes, hiding for example the washing machine behind a tiled partition. Practical and pretty! The architect even turned her attention to the glass screen, having it cut to order as well as the little step, designed to facilitate the shower plumbing.