Filled with natural light, this beautiful home built on Sovereign Island in Queensland playfully mixes light and dark, making the most of monochrome’s classic aesthetic.
Inspired by Brazilian architecture, the space filled with natural light and opposing textures, and furnishings create drama and intrigue without overpowering the architecture by BDG Architects. Upon entering it’s easy to feel lost in the large amount of space, but the light manages to make the room feel warm and enticing. The heavy use of marble stands out against the wood joinery and glass. The rooms are filled with an extraordinary amount of beautiful natural light that lifts the space dramatically.
Alwill Interiors‘ design is clean, with minimal use of tones. The furnishings are equal parts decadent and stylish. A large Moooi table sits in the entranceway under an oversized custom pendant light. Deep shades are explored with dark wood and metal tables and armchairs. An oh-so-furry throw rugs and leather details add a contrast. But the lighter side is where many of the home’s most striking features can be found, from the creamy grey statement sofa of the living area to the all-in-one bedhead that acts as a functional and aesthetic anchor for the bedroom. The luxury continues to the main bathroom, where a decadent oval bathtub beckons for a long relaxing soak, flanked by double marble vanities on either side. Sophisticated, effortless cool is projected at every turn.
The size of the home provided a challenge for creating a minimal yet cozy aura for the designer Romy Alwill. “Only in Queensland do you get those large spaces to play with. The question was how to keep it minimal, yet warm and inviting.” she said. Taking care not to over decorate and keep to a minimalist aesthetic, she tried to create a contrasting rhythm throughout which can be seen with the moody bathrooms through to the lighter and more natural entranceway, kitchen and bedroom. A monochromatic palette of contrasting and bold colors and glamorous textures paired with an amazing play on light and shade make this home truly one to remember.
“Moving through the house is like breathing. The long exhale in the white spaces; an intake of breath in the dark bathrooms. It’s a transfer of experience and quite sensory.”
– Interior Designer Romy Alwill