Luxury is all about the details…


Radhika Seth, founder of Sequoia London Limited tells us how details in a design enhance luxury in a space. 

Sequoia London, a multi-award-winning interior design studio, has been creating bespoke luxury homes for over a decade.   

We were commissioned by an international client to re-design two apartments into one luxury home. The team provided a full turn-key service, from obtaining permissions to creating and managing the budgets, space planning, full project management and interior architecture and design. One of the greatest parts of working on any project is in specifying, sourcing, and procuring all the finishes, furniture, and decorative accessories as this is what really sets one project apart from others. It was the implementation of these extra bespoke detailed design elements in this project that recently won Sequoia London three awards. 

So, we ask –how was attention to detail used for this project? 

Brass was chosen as the base metal finish for this project. Brass was once considered dated but is now making a comeback in interiors with the metal offering a warmer alternative to chrome and nickel finishes. It’s timeless and adds elegance. Not only was it used as the base metal to enhance the overall look of furniture, lighting, and accessories but it was also incorporated in forms of sleek trims to border the wooden flooring and joinery features such as doors, tabletops, and headboards. The radiator grilles were also made from brass to give continuity throughout the space. 

Antique mirror finishes can be used to display opulence and luxury in any space. Sequoia London incorporated these into the project by using them as backing for shelving and front decorative panels for joinery doors. The distressed effect of the antique mirror complements the brass finishes as well as adding richness.  

Glass is commonly used in design elements of a space to portray modern minimalism and clean lines. The sense of its delicacy adds softness to a room whilst its transparency creates visual accessibility making a space feel more open. Glass components used in lamp bases, chandeliers, accessories, and tables chosen for this project play on the character of balance and light to maximise sophistication for the overall feel of this project. The glass rods that make up the chandeliers have a hammered texture creating a unique reflection of bouncing light which heightens that attention to detail.  

Neutral tones are generally a safe option for soft furnishings and so Sequoia London did exactly this to create a soft but elegant ambience for this project. There was a greater focus on textures and tonal layering of the finishes to show depth in a room. Textured rugs in the living room create a platform for more minimalistic upholstered furniture to sit on. Selecting a lighter fabric for the armchair in front of a slightly darker curtain improves the balance of the room. These are great tips to allow pieces of furniture to captivate attention in a space.  

The use of dark colours with contrasting lighter tones in an interior also enhances the depth of a space. Sequoia London opted for dark wood for joinery and pieces of furniture for the design of this apartment. Dark wood finishes provide luxury as well as a bold and dramatic feature to a room. The team were careful not to have too many dark finishes in rooms which lacked sources of natural light and were smaller in size. In such cases, dark wood was introduced in detailed elements like sofa plinths and side table bases. 

Implementing touches of the same finish throughout an interior and experimenting with them in various ways showcases a balanced space which creates excitement through its attention to detail.


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