Fulham Retirement Apartment
Fulham, London

A new-build retirement apartment sustainably transformed through art and antiques

This luxury apartment in a new-build senior living complex was largely an empty white box when my client bought it. The flat, purpose built for independent living, was a blank canvas completely lacking in personality but it presented a broad spectrum of design opportunities.  The client was keen to take advantage of our sustainable interior design expertise so we jumped at the chance to work on the project.

My client already had an extensive art collection and wanted to keep as many of her pieces as possible. We collaborated to choose paint colours that were environmentally-friendly (low VOCs) and would provide the ideal background for her artworks, whilst adding warmth and comfort. 

We strove to reuse as much furniture from her previous home as possible, as she had a number of beautiful antique pieces. In addition, we worked to source desirable second-hand pieces, or items with a low environmental footprint to complete the scheme.  Bespoke joinery was designed and installed to create a home office, and to provide storage for her books and objets d’art.

To cater for her mobility issues, we motorised the curtains, and added mobility aids in the bathrooms to enable her to continue to live independently for as long as possible.

Nicola Holden is a BIID Registered Interior Designer® who specialises in working sustainably with Biophilic Design, Colour Psychology and the Aesthetics of Joy to create spaces that are inspirational, restorative and harmonious.

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