Installing state-of-the-art gyms with treatment rooms, underground swimming pools, lavish living rooms and even designer bank vaults are all in a day’s work for interior designer Bianca of Earlcrown, a design house creating ready-to-move into homes in the most exclusive addresses in London and around the world. Earlcrown is discreet about its clientele (shame), but fortunately Bianca lets us have a look inside her very own Chelsea home (hurrah). Take the tour here...
The colour scheme in the house is exquisite. Can you tell us about how you came to pick it, and why?
‘We chose to use a grey and white colour scheme on the main areas of the house and played with those while also introducing other tonal colours such as ice blue and navy blue. The ice blue is very calm and luxurious simultaneously. It works beautifully in the day time and the evening, making it a good colour for our drawing room, which we love to use on a sunny afternoon or for a dinner party.’
We are very taken by the glossy walls of your hallway. How did you achieve this effect?
‘This Venetian polished plaster is achieved through the high-quality materials used at Perucchetti Plastering. For each project we individually mix the plaster using our unique in-house recipe portfolio incorporating combinations of hydrated cured lime, marble dust, mature grassello, natural pigments, mica crystals, real gold/silver and other interference metallics. Venetian polished plaster can be applied to walls and ceilings and most flat or curved surfaces.’
This kitchen looks like it was designed with comfort in mind, as well as glamour. Any tips on balancing the two in a working room?
‘A kitchen needs to be practical yet very special: it’s a room where one spends a lot of time, especially if you have a young family. It is also a room that your guests are very likely to see so one should make sure it is designed beautifully and of course practically. We have used nuevo suede on the kitchen chairs, which are just so easy to clean – a simple wet cloth and all those greasy finger marks are gone!’
We could have done with a home cinema room like this for watching the Olympics. How do you make sure a space with technology looks fabulous rather than functional?
‘These days technology and uber-luxurious interiors go hand in hand. One cannot be successful without the other. The key to getting it right is management – making sure everything is integrated seamlessly.’
The stone in this room is amazing. Can you tell us how you like to use it in a bathroom?
‘The right use of marble or even onyx automatically puts one’s bathroom into the category of luxuriousness. However, not everyone gets it right and it is so common today. The trick is in the detail. We have opted for V grooves to join the marble slabs instead of the traditional grouting. We have also book matched every vein to give a continuous flow across the bathroom.’
Dining rooms can be difficult schemes to pull off when there are just chairs and a table. Can you share some secrets on how to make a scheme rich with interest like this one?
‘Dining rooms are wonderful – my favourite rooms to design. They can have their own story; they give you an opportunity to express yourself and be daring and wild. This room is sensual, intimate and creates a great atmosphere for private dinners. Yet it is reflective so not too dark: the eglomise mirrored panel walls and the bespoke central light fitting scatter trinkets of light and interest throughout the room.’
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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor
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