This bright modern apartment in North London was sleek and full of natural light but it needed some thoughtful additions to add character and warmth.

I had already worked with my client on choosing paint colours, tiles for the kitchen and accessories and we had discussed the possibility of installing bespoke shelving which we knew would finish off the living space beautifully. I had a moment of inspiration – in the hairdresser of all places! – and texted my client with the idea of doing the shelving in a rich dark grey rather than the white we had originally considered.

We both think that this lends a depth and a richness to the space and allows elements placed on the shelves to really stand out, at the same time as helping the large television to blend into the background.