Situated in the Santos Design District in Lisbon, a section of the Portuguese capital just teeming with new design talent, architect Miguel de Cunha of Drago Capital had the challenging task of successfully executing not one design style in this trendy home, but three: mid-century modern, contemporary, and antique.
Instead of creating a design and layout that seemed forced, however, Cunha was able to blend these varying personalities together seamlessly, using color as bold exclamation points in each room.
The living area and connected dining area are filled with furniture in a more subdued color palette, but the grey sofa, tan rug, and dark brown chairs are accented with vibrant paintings, a mixed array of pillows, greenery, and several other tastefully placed accessories. The layout, along with the natural lighting offered by the surrounding windows, offers a wide-open feel.
However, this wide open feel is hindered somewhat by a black partition just off the dining room that could easily be seen as harsh – a focal point gone wrong?!
The beautiful kitchen, blanketed in sleek white cabinetry and countertops, is juxtaposed against a dark wood flooring. But what may at first glance come across as stark, is brought to life with a unique piece of art – a fragmented tree in spectacular shades of green. In addition, a black adjacent wall serves to ground the room and bring all of the elements together.
While the rest of the house is undoubtedly bursting with design inspiration, the bedrooms deserve some recognition as well. In the first bedroom, a white bedspread seems anything but bland with a collection of red, purple and blue pillows, and Portuguese sayings replace traditional artwork. Texture in this room comes in the form of a large gray rug at the foot of the
The second bedroom takes color to a whole new level and antique chairs ensconced in gold make the entire space feel regal. However, the layout feels less traditional – and a bit more awkward. A thick wall serves as a backdrop for the bed while hiding storage space behind.
Bringing three different design styles into one home may seem like a bit of a challenge, but Cunha seems to have succeeded at the task. Ironically, the styles don’t compete with each other, instead they blend together in each space, picking up where the other left off. In fact, it appears as if they were meant to go together all along.
Writer : Kayla Albert