See how sliding doors have become a stylish and practical feature in this small London apartment

It's open plan living, with a twist...

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors
(Image credit: The Modern House)

Anyone who lives in London will know what you can get away with calling an 'apartment' would be considered just a living room elsewhere in the country. Square footage is not easy to come by, so often city dwellers have to get creative with how to divide space so that it feels function, spacious, and light. The go-to is to stick with open plan, knock down all the walls and switch to studio living, but if you're a family, as the homeowners of this London flat are, walls are pretty essential. So instead of open plan, this family decided to roll with the smaller rooms and ditch the doors instead of the walls. Let's take a tour of this minimalist, modern home...

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

So when we say ditch the doors, that's not quite the case, instead, traditional doors have been swapped for sliding doors which have become a really focal point of the home. Made from teak they fit perfectly with the Mid-century aesthetic and the woods used through the rest of the home. Even the kitchen was designed to match. 

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

Although the space isn't technically open plan, there is an effortless flow through the apartment which imitates that open, airy layout. The interrupted light helps too – it was a conscious decision when designing the floor plan that any new walls would be adjacent to the windows so no light would be blocked and it could easily flow from room to room. 

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The living space is part lounge, part dining room, a combination that works and both spaces feel like their own zones. The dining table is aligned with the walk-through into the kitchen so feels rightfully connected with that space. 

The large teak sliding door can run from kitchen to hallway, sectioning off the spaces as needed. And when not in use it acts as a feature wall in the living room, adding warmth, color, and texture.

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The detailed wooden kitchen mirrors the teak of the sliding door and just adds to that cohesive feel that runs throughout the whole apartment. What's lovely about this space is from the living room you just get a glimpse of the kitchen, and actually, there's nothing overly... kitcheny that you can see from the living room so it doesn't have that feeling that your sitting in a kitchen watching TV as some open-plan space do.

Cleverly all the appliances have been built into the adjacent wall so can only be seen once standing in the kitchen. Again a doorless frame leads out of the kitchen and into the hallway. 

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

Considering this is a small hallway in a small flat, it's so filled with light, proving how the cleverly designed layout works to ensure no space is blocked from natural light. The family bathroom and both bedrooms lead off from the hallway. Of course, practically these rooms need doors, but the simple frames and slimline doors mean that when open light floods the rest of the apartment from both aspects. 

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The master bedroom, much like the living spaces, is chic and simple. A neutral color palette only enhances the natural light and all the low-slung, slimline furniture keeps the room feeling open and airy. Built-in floor-to-ceiling storage means zero floor space need be wasted with freestanding furniture. 

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The bedroom looks out over the plant-filled balcony and the huge windows and french door create a seamless flow between indoors and out. 

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The smaller second bedroom, currently used as a kid's bedroom, again makes great use of space with a wall of shelving and the built-in wardrobe, where yet again sliding doors prove their worth. 

Minimalist London apartment with feature wooden sliding doors

(Image credit: The Modern House)

Like what you see? Randolph Crescent is currently listed for sale with The Modern House

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe is the Digital Editor of Livingetc; she has a background in lifestyle and interior journalism and a passion for renovating small spaces. You'll usually find her attempting DIY, whether it's spray painting her whole kitchen, don't try that at home, or ever changing the wallpaper in her hallway. Livingetc has been such a huge inspiration and has influenced Hebe's style since she moved into her first rental and finally had a small amount of control over the decor and now loves being able to help others make decisions when decorating their own homes. Last year she moved from renting to owning her first teeny tiny Edwardian flat in London with her whippet Willow (who yes she chose to match her interiors...) and is already on the lookout for her next project.