My next client was a typical Hong Kong bachelor, young, hardworking and a world traveler. He knew exactly what he wanted — a clean fresh design for his new home base — but had a limited budget and needed to move in in three weeks. The one bedroom, two bath apartment was in a great location and had great bones, but it suffered from tired decor and an overabundance of built-in closets. The living room and bedroom had both been outfitted with wall-to-wall cupboards in a buttery yellow, which over the years had aged and made the place look even darker. Outdated wallpaper darkened the room even further.
Tearing out some of the cupboards and redoing the kitchen would have opened up the living area and created a cosy dining nook, but this was unfortunately outside our scope and budget. Instead we were able to cost-effectively update the space by repainting the built-ins and walls in semigloss white and reorienting the living area away from the TV cabinet and towards the expansive balcony, where the heavy curtains framing the view were replaced by sheer modern blinds. In the bedroom, a charcoal gray headboard offset the previously all-white decor. The next step was to pick furnishings that complemented my client's two specific requests, an L-shaped sofa and an accent chair he'd picked out from Habitat. Once the paint had dried and the new furniture was in, it felt like the apartment was able to breathe again — brighter and far more inviting than it had been previously. I felt like I'd been able to give the client a good jumping off point for his new home — just in time for him to move in!