Opposites Attract

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Opposites Attract
Houzz

This two-bedroom apartment is nestled in the old quarter of Hvar town, on the Croatian island of the same name. It sits within a tightly knit cluster of mediaeval buildings, characterised by picturesque narrow alleys where the creamy local limestone is punctuated by gothic windows. It's an great example of a sympathetic and stylish renovation; the classical features are retained yet the interior furnishings are chic and modern.

The soft hues and grainy texture of the stone walls have been sympathetically married with natural oak floorboards, limestone sills and cool white plaster. In stark contrast, the modish kitchen units are sharply styled in ebonised wood, with yellow gloss laminate as accent.

It's a brilliant blend of old and new and so refreshing to discover bold splashes of canary yellow inside a mediaeval building! Wisely, the use of such a striking colour is sparing; these bold accents are complemented by teal coloured rugs and casual sofas against cool white plaster. The result is a delightful celebration of contemporary fusion style, cleverly incorporating simple and traditional materials such as forged iron, hammered metal, natural fibres (linen sheets, cotton rugs and cushions) alongside glass doors and laminated gloss shelves and cupboards.

The furnishings have individuality, flair and character giving a boutique feel. It all makes for a fun and charming holiday apartment.

The gothic windows typical in the old quarter

The gothic windows typical in the old quarter

Quirky touches

Quirky touches

Relaxed and comfortable

Relaxed and comfortable

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

A glimpse into the guest room

A glimpse into the guest room

Modern kitchen against the old stone walls

Modern kitchen against the old stone walls

A welcome splash of yellow

A welcome splash of yellow

Modern chic doesn't overwhelm

Modern chic doesn't overwhelm

Glossy laminated shelves contrast with the old stone