Smart glass maximises light and privacy in this stylish apartment

Smart glass windows allow natural light to flow through this once dingy space

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(Image credit: Day True)

THE PROPERTY

Design studio, Day True, has breathed new life into a dark, dated and disjointed two-bedroom apartment in Mayfair, transforming it into a stylish modern home.

Positioned in a unique setting, the property is entered through a church and a large open central courtyard with a tranquil water fountain.

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(Image credit: Day True)

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LIVING AREA

With a brief to maximise natural light and to create a feeling of space, all of the existing rooms in the apartment, bar the guest bathroom, were reconfigured.

Looking at the floor plan as one whole space, Day True divided and zoned the property to create an bright, open and flowing apartment.

Herringbone flooring was laid throughout to achieve a seamless and consistent flow, which maintained the feeling of space. 

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(Image credit: Day True)

Forming a central focal point to the property’s new layout was an internal patio, which Day True was able to maximise the view of through almost every room in the apartment, flooding light into the home and achieving balance throughout.

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(Image credit: Day True)

DINING AREA

Walls were kept light with contrast and texture added through a vertical panelled wall in the dining area, to help draw the eye up and add height to the room. This also cleverly concealed a door to the master bedroom. 

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KITCHEN

With other internal walls removed, Day True installed a ‘mist’ system to ensure all building regulations were met, and that privacy could be achieved when desired but that light could flood the apartment from the courtyard.

The white kitchen was kept bright and was contrasted with bronze handles and a dark brown marble worktop and cladding.

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(Image credit: Day True)

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MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom was relocated to what was the original lounge space so that a large open plan bedroom, dressing room and ensuite could be created off the outdoor patio. 

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(Image credit: Day True)

SHOWER ROOM

The WC was positioned behind a stud wall to provide privacy with a large walk-in shower hidden from view of the bedroom.

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(Image credit: Day True)

Smart glass was also installed to the external windows in the ensuite, to allow the greenery in the courtyard to be seen, yet at the touch of a button could turn opaque. 

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(Image credit: Day True)

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Jacky Parker

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites


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