The general trend these days when people upgrade/revamp apartments is to rip out all of the original features, create a white box, and install the latest and greatest. And while there is definitely a case for the removal of the blue porcelain bathroom set from the 70’s and 80’s, certain features when maintained/restored will work very well in a modern/contemporary space.
When entering an incredible apartment currently being renovated by one of my clients, the installation of oak wooden floors in a herringbone pattern, immediately made me think of mouldings which you will normally find in Parisian apartments. Moving away from the ornate gold-leafing to be found in the palace of Versailles, when painted white, it creates a beautiful depth to a room by adding another layer. I personally love the contrast between the antique moulding and modern contemporary lighting and pieces of furniture.
Relatively inexpensive to do, you can create your own Parisian sanctuary in your home, by making and applying frames out of MDF / Supawood and painting them in the same colour as the wall.