Scandinavian Style Apartment Outside Melbourne

Designer Silvia Roldan Gives us all the Details

Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King
06/26/2016

With a bright, open floor concept and gorgeous artwork, this Scandinavian style apartment located in Fitzroy North, Australia is making us wish we could jump right into the photos! Interior designer, Silvia Roldan applied her minimalist aesthetic, love for white, and appreciation for beautiful art, and perfectly incorporated her client’s vision for a Scandinavian theme. Also, don’t miss some of Silvia’s invaluable design tips, favorite artists, and discover what her Modern Sanctuary is at the bottom of this feature. Silvia, on the design:

“We started with a brief based on a monochrome Scandinavian theme. My client loves the Scandinavian look and had some key pieces of furniture that she needed help sourcing. After our initial brief and presentation of concept proposals, our monochrome Scandi theme evolved to include amazing colorful abstract art, iconic furniture pieces, a mixture of texture and pattern, but still with just the right amount of monochrome to ground the whole theme together.”

Thoughts from Silvia’s client demonstrate her strong collaboration throughout this project:

“I really loved working with Silvia. She was incredibly enthusiastic about the project from day one! She presented her ideas and concepts in detail, whilst taking into consideration my own ideas. She was patient in my decision making process and ensured all pieces sourced were of the highest quality and have timeless appeal. The Scandinavian look is just perfect and I love being in this space.”

Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King

Hallway runner and living room rug by Armadillo & Co, sourced via Curious Grace. Strap mirror by Hay, sourced via Cult Furniture. Wall dots by Muuto, sourced via Top3 by design and bench by Silvia Roldan Interiors.

Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King
Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King

Coffee table and dining chairs by Hay, sourced via Cult Furniture.

Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King

  Art above sofa by Kristen Jackson and above the white console Lola Donoghue. Sofa from Miles Oliver, coffee tables by Hay via Cult Furniture, cushions from West Elm, Mantis floor lamp by Bernard Schottlander, sourced via Spence & Lyda, and throw from Curious Grace.

Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King
Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King

White cabinet designed by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Outdoor seating by Space to Create.

Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King

Bedding from Cultiver and lamp sourced via Curious Grace.

Interior Design by Silvia Roldan Interiors. Photo by Courtney King Photography. Scandinavian interior design.
Photo by:
Courtney King

“…Art really does maketh the room. Whether you decide to go for maximum impact and create a gallery wall or prefer something more subtle, art can be the finishing touch or the hero piece in your interior.” Silvia Roldan

The quiet palette of this apartment certainly allows the artwork to take center stage. We would love to hear about how you use artwork and other creative touches to create your own Modern Sanctuary.

Meet the designer Silvia Roldan
Bio:

Silvia Roldan Interiors is a Melbourne based design studio providing design, decorating and styling advice for residential, commercial and retail projects. Our design ethos is based on minimalist interiors but with a focus on warmth and texture. We believe every space needs a hero piece; whether that be furniture, lighting or art and our designs are based around this.

What is your design philosophy?
My design philosophy is based around minimalism. I like warm whites. Chalky whites. Matte finishes. I lean towards blonde timbers. I lean towards unpolished, unfinished surfaces. The whiter the interior, the better! Occasionally I'll throw in a colour just to create a focal point in a room but aside from that, its minimal, its white, it's warm.

My personal style can be described as mid century modern with an eclectic mix of textures. I've always been into textures. The more textures, the more layers; the better. I tend towards solid colours, (even though I LOVE pattern). I love timber, I love marble. For me, it's about luxe pieces mixed with culture and soul.
What are some design tips you can give our readers to help them create sanctuary in their own spaces?
KNOW YOUR LIGHTING. Lighting can create or ruin ambience in a space. From accent to task to feature to ambient; lighting can create a talking point in any interior. If you like oversized pendants, if you prefer softer transparent styles, you may have a nook or corner that needs an eye catching element or you're looking for a unique designer piece; the beauty of lighting in interiors is endless!

THE RULE OF THIRDS. Ever look at a space and wonder how perfect it looks? Well, if you were to dissect the image into thirds, you would notice that the pieces have been positioned on what is called an 'interest point', meaning this is where the eye is naturally led to when observing an image. It is globally accepted that these points create some of the most pleasing images therefore making them the Interior Design equivalent of the Holy Grail!

THE BEAUTY OF SIMPLICITY. Simple doesn't have to mean basic. A restrained colour palette coupled with a selected choice of materials and finishes can achieve beautiful simplicity in any room.

DECORATING WITH ACCESSORIES. Here's your opportunity to create a theme. Do you like bold colours, tribal influences, natural textures, vintage feel or a monochrome palette?. My one tip is to not go overboard with accessories and select only a couple of hero elements that define a theme and then pair these back with remaining neutral accessories.
Who are some of your favorite artists/craftsmen right now?
We are very spoilt for choice in Australia and have many amazing local emerging artists that I believe in and support – Carly Williams, Vanessa Aloia, Kirsten Jackson, Roy Wilkins, Clare O’Donoghue – are just a few. Etsy is also a great place to uncover talent and that’s where I found my fave online artist Lola Donoghue.
What is your Modern Sanctuary?
I can’t live without my yoga, and my modern sanctuary would have to be One Hot Yoga in Richmond where I go to recharge, revive and re-energise. Designed by Robert Mills Architect, this is a paired back and minimal space incorporating a soft neutral colour scheme and lots of natural textures – concrete floors, sheer curtains, timber seating, white walls. When I step through the doors of the studio, the ambience and serenity of the space lets me forget about the day I’ve had, and prepares me for the practice ahead.
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