Norfolk by design

PUBLISHED: 06:25 18 August 2014

The mood board for the ski lodge inspired room

The mood board for the ski lodge inspired room


Buying a house with one bedroom more than you need or an extra reception room can be exciting as many of us aspire to living in a spacious home.

Room on the 13th floor of Westlegate Tower, NorwichRoom on the 13th floor of Westlegate Tower, Norwich

But once all of the necessary rooms are furnished there is a possibility that the extra space becomes a junk room, a dumping ground for things that will find a home at a later date or never!

In our own home we have reconfigured the interior to make sure that we will use all of the space available to us. We have created two very different sitting rooms, the first is a beamed room so we have made it cosy and traditional with eclectic furniture, oil paintings and a wood burner – the perfect sanctuary for reading and after dinner drinks. The other is a modern extension, so we furnished it with one long sofa, large TV screen and contemporary artwork, making it ideal for watching films and sport. Both rooms have different functions to suit our lifestyle.

As I work on the Westlegate Tower penthouse interior, the “extra room” scenario has presented itself. The penthouse has a large, open plan lounge, kitchen, dining room along with three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the 12th floor of the tower with spectacular views across the city – what more could you need, I hear you ask? Well, as this is the penthouse duplex apartment, there is a sky lounge on the 13th floor surrounded by a patio and terraces.

As the 13th floor is an “extra”, I spent quite a bit of time with my client discussing how this space could be best used to give it a different feel and function from the downstairs living space to make sure it forms an integral part of the home and is used on a regular basis.

Having visited the tower in the early stages of the development I was able to get a feel for this space. There is a feeling of tranquillity in the room, in fact, you almost feel as though you have been transported to another world. It would have been easy to simply create a garden room, but this may only have worked in the summer and felt cold in the winter.

With the elevated position and views towards the sky I advised the use of natural materials such as split-faced slate, walnut and wool, that turned the sky lounge into a ski lodge inspired room with an area designated as an office space with clever gadgetry (the computer screen slides into the desk), a wet bar area for preparing drinks along with an intimate seating area set around a flame effect fire. With such a balance of textures the room will feel just as inviting in all seasons.

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