Black and white interiors are perennially stylish, and this Sydney renovation proves, yet again, just why. Home to a family of five, and located in Neutral Bay, what was once a small, dark and dated federation cottage has been transformed into a monochrome, light-filled and functional family home by March Twice Interiors.
“We were thrilled to answer the clients’ brief of incorporating a contemporary thread through the home, with subtle touches of colour, while still being sympathetic to the existing architecture in the original part of the home,” says Lori Murray of March Twice Interiors. The home, and its beautiful old bones, were overhauled with all new paint, joinery, lighting, window coverings, tap ware and oak floorboards that link the original dwelling with the new extension.
First up, the entrance features a stylish mudroom that is the workhorse of the home – patterned tiles cover the floor and the joinery includes a ‘locker’ for each family member to hang their bags and coats.
“The entrance is on view when guests use the powder room downstairs, so we always wanted this room to have some interest and pattern,” says Lori. And while the tiles look like encaustic ones, they’re actually a low-maintenance porcelain alternative ideal for the hard-working space.
The nearby powder room is another standout – Porter’s Paints ‘Whale Watching’ in a custom strength (125 per cent) is offset by a compact Carrara marble vanity and elegant touches of brass. “We really love the dark and moody powder room with its rich navy walls and statement lights,” says Lori.
Dark paint (the lovely Dulux Oolong) features in the home’s new kitchen (on the v-groove joinery that clads the island bench) and also the fireplace in the living area. “The sunny open plan kitchen and living area work so well together,” says Lori.
Lovely custom joinery features in the living area too with the fire surround and bookshelves providing the perfect spot for the family to display their treasures.
The textured, monochrome vibe continues in the wet areas though the children’s bathroom and adults’ ensuite are two very different spaces. “We feel that the occasional use of patterned tiles kept a few areas fun and light,” says Lori referring to the children’s bathroom. By contrast, the adult’s ensuite is a softer, more restrained space that features Carrara marble (again!) and pale grey v-groove joinery.
Photography: Ryan Linnegar