I am looking for inspiration on how to update/ modernise my lounge room in a 1930s style unit
St Kilda whilst also keeping some of it's original features like the timber window sills, skirting boards and brick fireplace.
Hope you can help, thanks.
Looks like a lovely room with some great bones. I think the problem is that somebody has tried to modernise it by painting everything white. Art-deco is a sophisticated, glamorous style that was not about white. I would do some research on art-deco, not modernise your room to current fashionable standards, but try and re-instate some of that drama and glamour in a contemporary manner. It has great bones and with the current art-deco features you are already half way there.
Also check out this eye-popping art-deco house that has been re-interpreted with a mix of art-deco and contemporary:
Call on a professional who understands art-deco if you need help
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Hi Dr Retro, Lupton Interiors
Thank you for your comments. The rest of the apartment has a similar colour scheme to the lounge room. One idea I had was to get architraves made for the windows in the lounge room to make them more of a feature. What do you think? I would also need to decided whether to stain or paint the architraves white. Cheers Sim
You don't need architraves in this room as you have full brick construction, and no plasterboard. Window architraves are usually to hide the gap between plasterboard sheet and a timber window frame and you have neither. The timber stained sills and skirting boards are already a feature. Painting them white will not make them a feature, but hide them. Most contemporary houses have painted skirting boards and architraves to conceal the fact that they are made from Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF), and not real timber. You are so lucky to have them, and once painted the lovely, warm timber character is lost forever. I would give the timber a good clean, and then assess if it needs a light sand and a clear stain.
Best of luck
Have you thought about wallpaper? this would bring pattern and colour to this room, be it subtle or bold. Our self adhesive wallpaper removes off the wall without taking any paint or leaving any marks.
Hi GDP, I had been considering replacing the light, so really like the idea of new blinds that reference a new light. What colour blinds would you recommend? Thanks Sim
I am now thinking of keeping the sills timber, and getting roman blinds with timber battens to match sills, under a white pelmet. Something similar to the attached image. Hope it works !!
Hi Sim that is very minimal looking, even a bit Japanese inspired. Whilst you can do that of course, it won't inject a lot of colour or pattern in. If you do go that way, I think the pelmet is a bit unnecessary.
I was thinking you could use pattern or colour on the blinds, something beautiful like Ink and Spindle's fabrics (Abbotsford)and they have so many wonderful designs to choose from!
Your light is nice, albeit a bit small. If you do swap it out, try and use it elsewhere in a smaller room like a bedroom or hallway, especially if it is in good condition.
You've already got some blues and greys with the art, sofa, rug, so I'd build on those shades with more blues, linen/neutrals and warm them up with basket weave textures in your lighting or accessories... that will tie in your timber trims to the blue.
That's one approach, of course!
This space has such gorgeous light and the fireplace is lovely too. I think I would rotate the room to face the fire and the light. So take the rug and rotate 90 degrees if it will work. I would def place the sofa to face the fireplace.
So hopefully you can find a nice carpenter for these bits. I would get a small sideboard made and invest in mechanism to raise the TV up out of it. Place that to the right of the fire. Have the carpenter cut the round table top and add hinges to gate one side. Move the table and chairs to behind the couch (toward the viewer of the photo). Possibly turn the white credenza vertical and have carpenter attach to wall on left near back of sofa.
Add comfortable chair to left of fire.
Move art currently above sofa to over the fire. I think it will work better there dimensionally and moves visually moves the blue-grey.
My vision was something like this room. Your dining table and light pendant is a traditional style and your sofa and TV unit is modern. If you were to buy a more modern table and add some retro/scandi chairs plus a new light and look at painting the walls a warmer white. You have started adding some blue so also add some cushions to match and change the floor rug to one with some texture. Good Luck!