Who wouldn't want a penthouse in London, especially if it executes the idea of rooftop living so flawlessly? This apartment, in London's hip Limehouse area, is housed in a converted warehouse. Once a dog biscuit factory, it was converted in the 1980s, with apartments given as empty spaces to artists, many of whom still live and work in the building.
Without a doubt, this is the perfect space for freethinking souls who are inspired by city vistas. If we were designing a penthouse, these are the top styling lessons we'd take from this modern home.
1. Natural light will make or break the space
One of the most appealing aspects of this conversion is the ample natural light coming in from the double-height pitched roof punctuated with high-level windows. The owner has made a well-judged choice in bypassing window treatments altogether in most rooms, leaving the frames exposed and maximizing the amount of light coming in from multiple directions. What we like even more is the choice of white floorboards – the light just bounces off them in an effortless and gentle way that makes the space look warm.
2. Nooks are opportunities
If you have access to a glass rooftop, you have almost ready-made spaces for home working. Again, everything has been kept as simple as possible – you don't really need gallery wall ideas in your study with views this stunning. A few splashes of color give just enough of a personal look without cluttering these small home office ideas.
3. Abandon conventions when designing a bedroom
Penthouses and lofts are typically better suited to modern bedroom ideas than anything too traditional. If you've ever wondered what low-rise bed frames are for, it surely is for vertiginous spaces like this dramatic double-height bedroom. Bulky furniture would have jarred with the weightless feel of this space, so the furniture that has been added is slimline and minimalist in style.
5. Make the most of rooftop outdoor living
Finally, what rooftop apartment without rooftop garden ideas? This apartment has multiple decked rooftop terraces, all of them accented with bold container planting and classic bistro furniture. Avoiding too many pots allows the space to breathe more, making it look larger than it is.
The Limehouse Cut penthouse (opens in new tab) is on sale for £950,000 by The Modern House.
Anna is Consumer Editor across Future home titles. She contributes to Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home and Real Homes, and she has a background in academic research. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s. Not just an expert in consumer shopping trends, she has also written about literature, architecture, and photography, and has a special interest in high-end interior design.
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