Full Design Project: African Colonial Lounge
This spacious Bryanston property is home to a family of four, a nanny, grandfather, cat and two dogs who are so excited they "can't even right now." All the entertainment areas in the cleverly designed home are situated at the back of the property. The formal lounge, informal lounge and formal dining room (see how we helped transform the dining room) all open up onto a covered, sunny veranda and braai area, which overlooks a large, lush garden. The perfect mix between a family home and entertainer's dream if ever there was one.
The entrance hall leads down into a formal lounge where two floor-to-ceiling sliding doors provide an instant view of and access to the veranda, garden and koi pond. This, together with the built-in fireplace and screed flooring sets the ideal scene for country lodge al fresco breakfasts and cozy winter evenings sipping coco in front of a wood fire.
The Brief and Design Resolve
The client wanted this area to set the scene for the rest of the house. They have a love for the outdoors and farm life, so wanted a style that reflected this and paid homage to the African outdoors, whilst keeping in tune with the Colonial style of the home.
They already had a large red Persian carpet; animal skins; and leather couch and various African statuettes from their travels to set the scene.
We decided on a jungle green, stone and red colour scheme to make the best use of the lovely indoor-outdoor structure of the room, while adding warmth to make sure the space is still welcoming in winter.
After Images of the African-Colonial Formal Lounge
To create a warm and welcoming feel amid the green garden view the room was painted in warm neutrals - Plascon's Hudson and Maple Tree - and the wall around the fireplace was clad in sand stone. It works marvelously to add warmth through texture and definition, as well as creating a beautiful feature of the fireplace and a scene setter when you enter the front door.
They also had their own artworks - a set of baobab trees; a personal desert plane photograph with rich, warm reds and browns; and a still life Bosch of our own veld flowers to further cement the inspiration for this lounge makeover.
Green was introduced in the now lighter entrance hall to add colour and introduce the formal lounge's theme. The ottoman was custom made for the space utilising the cabriole legs from the new occasional chairs and the colour from the existing leather couch. The skin on the ottoman belonged to the owners, so it provided a fun way to incorporate their own lives into a new furniture piece.
Specially sourced fabric and custom made linen animal print scatter cushions reflect the African jungle while adding a touch of playfulness. The addition of a velvet fabric to the textured linens again adds warmth and a touch of luxury.