In the heart of Les Batignolles, a charming neighbourhood in Paris' 17th arrondissement, Cléo Interior Design has created a masterpiece of calm, serene luxury in a modest 42-square-metre space. This small, elegant apartment exudes character and offers a refreshing take on textures, hues and minimalist artwork.
Located on the fourth floor, the apartment benefits from an abundance of natural light, which is an undeniable asset in creating a space that is both inviting and relaxing. The owner, an executive with a love of beauty and a passion for designer shoes and handbags, found an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of her busy work schedule in this Parisian haven. What began as a partial renovation of the bathroom and hallway grew into a complete transformation of the apartment. Cléophée Poli, the creative director and founder of Cléo Interior Design, was tasked with not only renovating, but also furnishing and managing the interior. The owner nurtured a desire to create her own collection of original artworks, and Cléo Interior Design had to bring this vision to life. The design team began by rethinking the original layout to make best use of the limited space. The entrance, although centrally located, was transformed into a functional dressing room with custom-made cabinets that offered both storage and open shelving. A strategic relocation of the door of the existing dressing room ensured seamless integration with the rest of the apartment.
Subtle colours blur the boundaries and add a touch of mystery
To enhance the impression of space, the design team opted for a uniform colour palette. The walls, ceilings and storage units were enveloped in a calm, elegant and timeless blue, creating a sense of serenity and harmony. The wood-style linoleum floor was replaced by hexagonal black ceramic tiles, which created a smooth transition between the kitchen and bathroom floors and perfectly matched the parquet in the living room and bedroom. The choice of dark colours, which extend over entire rooms and sometimes ceilings, adds to the illusion of space. These subtle colours blur the boundaries and add a touch of mystery to the space, inspired by the minimalist boutique hotels with the texture of Japanese design. The result is a apartment that not only optimises space, but also creates a serene and timeless atmosphere where the owner, in the midst of her travels and work commitments, finds a well-earned rest in her own piece of Parisian paradise. Cléo Interior Design has not just created an interior; they have captured a sophisticated lifestyle in the limited but beautiful space.
Photography by Oracle Paris - Clément Gérard
Text by Elke Aerts