Have you ever heard anything about “Tuscan interiors”? Even if not, it’s not hard to guess that this term primarily refers to the color palette of the rooms. What is Tuscany? It is a beautiful landscape based on multiple shades of yellow – from bright sunny and golden to warm mustard and pale sand. And all of this beauty is diluted with light tints of clear blue sky. In a new residential interior design project by RIS Interior Design from Taiwan these beautiful colors are wrapped in a neo-classical-style “blanket”, which embodies the concept of Italian elegancy, sophistication and romance. Such interiors deserve big spaces, and this big apartment in Taichung city with the total area of 161 square meters was a perfect canvas for creating a splendid interior with plenty of beautiful details. Let’s have a closer look at them and traditionally begin our journey from the living room.
The best original feature of the living room is its big ceiling-to-floor windows that let plenty of natural light penetrate into every corner of the space. By taking a closer look at the room you will notice a perfect classical frame that sets such an elegant atmosphere. It is composed of unostentatious beige wall moldings, a few geometrically arranged ceiling medallions, gorgeous plaster trim of the fireplace surround and floor tiles imitating natural stone texture. These elements create a perfect backdrop for pretty contemporary furnishing dressed up with elements of classical décor. Beige and blue draped curtains and throw pillows refresh the room and help the designer avoid the royal-palace look, making it cozier and homier.
But the most original detail is a black marble surround of the TV-set. Perhaps, the most problematic issue of neo-classical-style interiors is how to fit a contemporary TV-set into the aristocratic background so that it didn’t look ridiculous. In this project this problem was handled by means of a gorgeous black marble slab that made the TV-set look like a piece of art in an expensive frame.
Dining room and kitchen
Right from the living room we get to an open-concept dining area. It’s furnished with a 6-person wooden table and same-style chairs with beautiful carved legs. The classical set is complemented with a crystal chandelier and a big wall clock. In a similar way to the living room, this room’s color scheme is beige-and-blue bicolor.
To enhance the interaction between the dining and living room and the kitchen, but with a chance to avoid penetration of kitchen odors into the rest of the rooms, the kitchen was equipped with elegant white sliding doors. The kitchen cabinets are white and quite traditional. With a worktop finish and a compact island it’s given a touch of modernity, and the sense of warmth is created by a beige backsplash made from square tiles so typical of sunny Italian kitchens.
Bedroom № 1
The master bedroom is designed in line with the classical public part of the flat: crown moldings, wall panelling, an elegant upholstered bed dressed up with rivets and curved legs. Here the designers decided to introduce one more traditional Tuscan color – pastel green. It’s delicately applied to just one wall opposite the window, but brings the required amount of freshness to the general beige background along with gorgeous floral curtains.
The atmosphere of an aristocratic boudoir is complemented with a neo-classical dressing table. The latter is accompanied by a chair with curved legs (we already saw it in the dining set) and a floral mirror frame, which “supports” the pattern of curtains and gives us a hint on the ceiling medallions and plaster moldings of the living room.
There is just one nightstand here, since the wall behind the bed features a walk-in closet exit. Here your eye won’t catch any classics – just sleek, black and mirrored finishes and contemporary design.
Bedroom № 2
The second bedroom has pretty much in common with the first one in terms of general concept and color scheme. But being smaller, it features less décor and only white pieces of furniture. And if you look closer, you’ll see a slight touch of tradition: a vintage typing machine and pieces of décor, retro-style sockets and an elegant console desk.
Bedroom № 3
The third bedroom stands out against the background of the rest of the rooms. Firstly, it has a different color scheme – here you won’t find any warm beige – all the walls are painted saturated gray color. Secondly, in this room you feel a strong touch of contemporary style – sleek furniture, loads of glossy and mirrored surfaces. But despite these modern elements, the room is still linked to the neo-classical style by means of 2 eye-catchy elements – a romantic canopy bed and wall panels.
Bathroom № 1
Bathroom № 2
As for the second bathroom, it combines classical black and white marble finishes with features of contemporary style: a modern acrylic bathtub, Venetian blinds, a huge mirror and a double wash basin.