On the Market: A Modern Back Bay Condo with a Monochromatic Design
Flannel wallpaper, amazing light fixtures, and plenty of sunlight make this gray-toned home feel cozy and cool.
134 Beacon St. #201, Back Bay
Size: 2,842 square feet
Before it was taken over by sophisticated hues of gray and black, this Back Bay pad was white all over. But with teenage children roaming the home, the owner called in the expertise of Dee Elms from Elms Interior Design to splash some sophisticated “cool” onto the bland surfaces. Now, even with darkened walls, the rooms feel sunny, inviting, and relaxing—the kind of place you’d want to hang out.
In the living room, panels painted in high-gloss black paint conceal hidden closet storage, and a central fireplace framed by riveted brass and marble completes the illusion of a seamless wall. In the dining room, the walls make a black-and-white statement with Porter Teleo wallpaper hand-painted in swooshing strokes. Even the wall coverings that seem simply black in the kitchen and master bedroom are actually threaded with silver, creating hints of dimension and glints of light. In the master bedroom’s walk-in closet, subtly pin-striped flannel wallpaper grants a cozy vibe to the dressing room.
The light fixtures are another alluring motif throughout the condo. In the formal living room, it’s a contemporary hoop chandelier with quartz stalagmites, while the living room fixture looks like a three-pronged mobile. The light source above the dining room table looks like an inverted scene from Up, a bouquet of balloon-like orbs suspended from the ceiling.
The home’s bright spots and the constant play with texture and bold pattern all work together to prove that a monochromatic scheme is anything but boring—it’s warm, chic, relaxing, and cool enough for a couple of teens.
For information, contact the Moran Group, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, gibsonsothebysrealty.com
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