Sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with a classic and this certainly rings true when looking at the aptly-titled Maison Monochrome, a beautiful home built on Sovereign Island in Queensland. Inspired by Brazilian architecture, Alwill Interiors‘ design playfully mixes light and dark throughout, making the most of monochrome’s classic aesthetic to invoke a certain panache and old world glamour.
Clean, minimal use of tones and a rather commanding space filled with natural light and opposing textures and furnishings create drama and intrigue without overpowering the architecture by BDG Architects. The facade, reflecting its inspiration from mid-century Brazilian architecture, is surrounded by lush greenery and dark wood decking. Upon entering it’s easy to feel lost in the large amount of space, but the light manages to make the room feel warm and enticing. Contrasting textures and tones play out throughout the space, such as the heavy use of marble to stand out against the wood joinery and glass. The rooms are filled with an extraordinary amount of beautiful natural light that lifts the space dramatically.
The furnishings are equal parts decadent and stylish. A large Moooi table sits in the entranceway under an oversized custom pendant light, which sets the tone for the interior selection. Deep shades are explored with dark wood and metal tables and armchairs, while oh-so-furry throw rugs and leather details add a contrast. But the lighter side is where many of the home’s most striking features can be found, from the creamy grey statement sofa of the living area to the all-in-one bedhead that acts as a functional and aesthetic anchor for the bedroom. The luxury continues to the main bathroom, where a decadent oval bathtub beckons for a long relaxing soak, flanked by double marble vanities on either side. Sophisticated, effortless cool is projected at every turn.
The vast size of the home provided a challenge for creating a minimal yet cozy aura for the designer Romy Alwill of Alwill Interiors. “The scale of the home was both an opportunity and a challenge. Only in Queensland do you get those large spaces to play with. The question was how to keep it minimal, yet warm and inviting.” she said. Taking care not to over decorate and keep to a minimalist aesthetic, she tried to create a contrasting rhythm throughout which can be seen with the moody bathrooms through to the lighter and more natural entranceway, kitchen and bedroom. A monochromatic palette of contrasting and bold colours and glamorous textures paired with an amazing play on light and shade make this home truly one to remember.
“Moving through the house is like breathing. The long exhale in the white spaces; an intake of breath in the dark bathrooms. It’s a transfer of experience and quite sensory.”