Interior Design by Monaco Projects – Space-enhancing design ideas 1

Concealed Storage 

Space in Monaco, as in many cities, is at a premium. In order to maximise your space and to enrich your living experience, you need to make every square centimetre count. How do you do this? By making every part of your apartment multi-functional.

In this first article of a series focusing on clever, cool space-enhancing ideas, we are looking at concealed storage.

Concealed floor storage


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The floor is used simply as a place for the furniture to rest on. Much of the room height is wasted.

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By creating a 35cm high platform, accessed by two steps along the window side of the room to maintain a safe window-ledge height, you make use of the space gained by insetting panels into the floor that hinge up allowing access to large storage units beneath.

In addition, drawers can be built into the front edge of the platform creating even more valuable storage space.

Note the insertion of the mirror behind the sofa, a useful design idea to give an extra feeling of space.

The final benefit is that the platform adds a strong architectural element to the room enhancing its aesthetics – beauty and functionality!


Concealed wall storage


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When closed, the wall panels show a clean, uncluttered space.


Sliding back the panels reveals a library, created taking only 20cm of depth from the room.

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Interior Design Kitchen trends 2017

In this article we are looking at interior design kitchen trends 2017. If you are looking at renovating your kitchen check out black which is the er, new black:

Black stainless steel “white” goods

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LG Black fridge, cooker and dishwasher

Polished stainless is out, being replaced by the sophisticated, clinical look of brushed black stainless steel. LG and Samsung both produce a range of fridge/freezers, cookers and dishwashers.

A word of warning, black stainless steel is not scratch resistant so, while it will look good now, it may not look as good in a couple of years.


The use of wood in kitchens is becoming less popular and the use of dark-coloured units is being used more in kitchen designs. If you decide to go for the black stainless steel appliances, you may be interested in a full-on black kitchen, something that was, until recently, unthinkable!

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Interior Design Impressions from the Milan Furniture Fair

Our team has just returned from a visit to the world-famous Milan Furniture Fair to explore the latest in interior design, furniture, bathroom and kitchen fashion and trends and to speak to the most exciting new suppliers in the marketplace.

In the furniture section of the show, we saw an increasing retro feel using fifties and sixties styling, with a modern twist, using high quality fabrics and leathers. What was most impressive were the suppliers of solid wood furniture for kitchens and gardens, with one manufacturer infilling wood with transparent resin to dramatic effect in their very thick, very solid, kitchen tables and worktops.

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Wooden table inlaid with acrylic

In the bathrooms section, we loved the bronze and copper finishes for bathtubs, a number of extremely innovative towel rails, with as much artistic impact as practical effect, and some beautiful sinks in stone and resin. One bathtub was even covered in fabric on the outside – interesting, but probably not appropriate for every client!

We returned with a wealth of catalogues and new, fresh, contacts ensuring that we can give our clients access to the most up to date and breath-taking high quality furniture, fixtures and fittings.

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sculpted marble sink

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Stylish and functional towel rail