Busy Couple’s KL Condo is Now Their Hotel-Like Ideal ‘Getaway’
With a pared-back design approach and an abundance of neutral tones, this modern urban abode is a tranquil respite amidst the bustle of the city.
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Wouldn’t it be nice to always feel like you’re on vacation whenever you’re at home? When the owners of a 2-bedroom condominium in Mont Kiara approached Selangor-based interior design firm The Grid Studio, their brief was to create a hotel-inspired home with a touch of luxury. Beyond these requirements, they gave the lead designer, Deacon and his team free reign in the design of their home.
Deacon took on the task of giving this 1100 sq ft condominium a complete makeover with a budget of RM260,000, which comprised a complete overhaul of everything from the carpentry to flooring to major layout changes. Read on to find out how it all went down!
About the client and the design brief
The homeowners, a couple in their late twenties, contacted The Grid Studio after seeing the firm's previous work on their social media platform.
As online business owners, the couple leads a hectic lifestyle. And because of that, they wanted a luxury hotel-inspired home that would allow them to unwind and escape after a long day at work.
“The client also requested that monochromatic colours such as grey, black, and brown be used as the primary design theme for their home,” said Deacon.
About the renovation
Based on his client's requirements, Deacon and his team designed a modern home with an understated, posh appearance and a welcoming atmosphere. To do so, Deacon experimented with modern furniture such as a chocolate brown leather sofa and a bespoke marble coffee table.
It also features an open-plan design that is ideal for entertaining as the dining room, living room, and dry kitchen are all in one open space.
To add to the luxurious feel of the space, Deacon added a dark grey marble feature wall with white veining that complements the sheer curtains and crisp white ceiling. He also installed a wooden floor in the living room and used a rose gold palette on the stainless steel inlay to visually separate the living room from the entryway.
The living room receives a flood of natural light, which enters through the balcony’s sliding glass doors. For added convenience - and privacy where required - Deacon installed a motorised curtain throughout the house allowing the homeowners to adjust the amount of light entering the home with the touch of a button.
In the adjacent dining area, a slim but simple pendant light catches the eye; it floats above the marble dining table and leather dining chairs that seat up to six people. Meanwhile, the combination of textured wooden and marble walls behind the dining area adds beauty and a calming feel to the space.
In contrast to the lighter neutral hues in the dining room and living room, the kitchen has a moodier palette. The kitchen is divided into dry and wet areas, but the overall theme is consistent.
The cabinetry, backsplash, and countertop in the wet kitchen are all matte black. It stands out in stark contrast to the white walls and ceiling. Rose gold accents, on the other hand, add a subtle element of visual interest to an otherwise minimalist space.
Meanwhile, the dry kitchen has a white countertop and black matte pendant lamps over the kitchen island. The floors in the dry and wet kitchen are covered in new marble tiles.
At first glance, the doors leading to the master bedroom, bathroom, and spare bedroom appear to be solid walls. But on closer inspection, three doors are cleverly concealed to look like a wall. Deacon and his team used a special paint technique to create this distinctive textured look and to camouflage the doors. Meanwhile, the lack of doorknobs or handles throughout the home, including the built-in cabinetry, contributes to visual continuity and gives the home a distinct personality.
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"The idea was to create a clean and tidy environment. The consistent and seamless design also gives the impression of a larger space," Deacon adds.
The master bedroom, with its serene and calming vibes, is an extension of the tranquillity found throughout the home. A black wooden wall panel behind the bed frame adds texture to the space. Meanwhile, the white ceiling, grey walls, curtains, and bed frame, as well as hanging pendant lights and neutral-toned furnishings, were all carefully chosen to create a cohesive, inviting space for relaxation.
The spacious ensuite master bathroom features a glass-enclosed walk-in shower and bathtub area. To ensure maximum privacy while still allowing natural light to enter the bathroom, Deacon covered the windows with black Venetian blinds.
Initially, the condominium had three bedrooms. Deacon combined two bedrooms to create one large master bedroom by moving the master bedroom’s door closer to the guest bedroom. The spare bedroom is then converted into a walk-in wardrobe.
The lavish theme continues in the walk-in wardrobe. Dark timber floors and all-black cabinetry with clear glass doors give the space a boutique hotel feel. Deacon also installed LED strip lights inside the cabinets to allow the owners to see all of their belongings clearly while adding dimension to the space. And just like the rest of the home, the walk-in wardrobe has a clean and uncluttered appearance, with no door handles or knobs attached.
To sum up
Despite construction delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Deacon and his team were able to complete the renovation work in 20 weeks. He proudly handed over the keys to their newly renovated home to his clients earlier this year.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project as everything was very smooth from the beginning until the end. I’m also really grateful that the client was very open-minded, which allowed us to explore more possibilities and to envision our thoughts to reality,” Deacon concludes.
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