Classic House Interior Design
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Scope of services: Plan Improvement and Interior Design
Date: June 2019
Classic interiors are inspired by the Art Deco and Victorian styles that were popular in Europe in the early 1900s. The combination of these classic styles with modern design gives you the best of both worlds: the simplicity and clarity of modern spaces are infused with the elegance and timelessness of classical design. This melding of traditional and new is the inspiration for this classic house interior design.
Lighting, materials, textiles, and subtle detailing are used to achieve a smooth, effortless combination of these two design styles.
Since the rooms in this classic house interior design are not very large, a light color palette is used to make the space appear larger.
Light-colored walls with panel molding form a classic backdrop for the artwork, furniture, and accessories in the men’s majlis. Plush, tufted sofas have clean profiles that complement the geometric lines of the modern console. The gold base of the console is classic sophistication, but the rectangular shape gives the piece a modern look and feel.
Set against a mirrored wall, the glossy black console top contrasts with the softness of the upholstered sofas and armchairs.
The curved lines of the blue-gray armchairs are juxtaposed with the clean lines of the central coffee tables and console.
A bold light fixture set in a recessed ceiling adds a touch of drama to the room.
White walls and ceilings add a freshness to the women’s majlis. Sheer curtains on the curved windows let light in, bathing the room with bright, natural light. This is supplemented with layers of indoor lighting from different sources, which provides soft, diffused light.
A traditional ceiling chandelier and table and wall lamps enhance the classic look of this elegant space. These traditional lights are accompanied by modern lights, such as LED strips for the ceiling recesses and downward spotlights. The original ceiling height is mostly maintained; the narrow, dropped ceiling gives the edges of the room some definition without making the room feel closed in.
Moldings on the wall panels are mirrored on the ceilings, and the cornice and base moldings add a finishing touch to the room.
Pink accents add a feminine touch to the women’s majlis. A maroon-pink armchair sits between light-colored sofas, accessorized with light pink cushions. A pair of pink orchids accentuates the pink accents in the room.
A round, metal-framed geometric mirror and a mirrored column modernize the room with their strict, geometric profiles.
The women’s majlis is screened from the living room by two semi-open screens in a gold-pink accent color. The open design carries the finishes from the women’s majlis into the living room space.
Gray wall panels in a porcelain finish are a perfect accent for the chic, cool palette of the living room. Gray lounge sofas with classic curved edges are juxtaposed with modern tables sporting matte gray tabletops.
The mirrored edging around the TV and adjacent wall panels gives the living room a modern aesthetic.
The living room space is long and narrow, divided into three zones. These zones are accentuated by a series of recessed ceilings above each one. The central space accommodates a fireplace with molded surrounds and a porcelain-clad lining to match the wall panels. Two ottomans with plush maroon upholstery flank the fireplace, giving the room a European feel. A bold painting above the fireplace is accentuated with sleek, candle-shaped fixtures.
To one side of the fireplace is the living room seating arrangement to the other side is a breakfast counter with barstool seating. The breakfast counter is clad with white molded panels and topped with a marble slab to mirror the finishes in the rest of the space.
An elegant candelabra chandelier, similar to the one used in the women’s majlis, lights the breakfast counter. Candelabra-style wall lamps illuminate the panels on either side of the fireplace, adding classic sophistication to the living room design.
A door adjacent to the breakfast counter leads to a long, narrow space that houses a dirty kitchen. Decorated entirely in white, the light walls and flooring help the space look bright and airy. Molded panels on the cabinetry provide classic beauty. Modern appliances coexist with these traditional elements, enhancing the functionality of the kitchen.
Adjacent to the dirty kitchen is the storage room, designed in a similarly long, narrow space. This area also uses white colors and clean finishes for the storage racks. The cleanly designed storage wall combines open and closed storage niches for a neat appearance. The open niches house open dishware storage racks and a washing machine.
Modern in its setting and layout, the master bedroom effortlessly combines traditional and modern accents against a neutral backdrop.
The focal point of the room is the tasteful master bed. The clean lines of the bed are offset by the classic curves of the decadently tufted headboard. The entire arrangement is set against a paneled wall, which perfectly complements the style of the bed.
An ottoman-style bench with a tufted top completes the look.
Two white, upholstered chairs with gracefully curving silhouettes pick up on the curves of the headboard.
The bedside tables are modern in appearance, sporting simple rectangular profiles. These match the sleek rectangular console opposite the bed. A chamfered mirror, set inside a molded frame, forms the backdrop to the minimalist console.
Wall-to-wall carpeting in a monochromatic gray tone highlights the accent color in the bedroom.
Textures are masterfully mixed to demonstrate the coexistence of traditional elegance with modern sophistication in the master bedroom of this classic house interior design.
The master bathroom is minimalist in style and finishing. Stone cladding on the walls and floors gives the space a sleek appearance. Rectangular geometry dominates the bathroom. A simple rectangular counter, sporting a classic oval sink, is set against a mirrored backdrop. The bathroom is illuminated with LED strip lighting that is set into the ceiling.
A slender wall divides the shower stall and toilet area. The glass shower door is framed in gold to give it a classic look. Gold taps and faucets enhance the classic beauty of this chic bathroom design.
A standalone oval tub is a delightful deviation from the strict lines of the bathroom. It provides a fun element that fits well into the minimalist bathroom design.
The key to the successful combination of traditional and modern in this classic house interior design is the use of a clean, neutral color palette. Whites and off-whites are the primary colors used for walls and floors. Subtle accent colors provide visual interest without jarring contrast, which would take away from the simplicity and classic beauty of this seamless interior design.