Check out the minimalist luxury of this R47m penthouse

Private Property South Africa
Anne Roselt

Take a look at the design and style of this incredible apartment located at the very top of a luxurious seaside apartment block.

The Pearls of Umhlanga is a residential resort of luxury apartments and penthouses located on the beautiful Umhlanga Rocks coastline just outside Durban, KwaZulu Natal. Here is a look at the style and design of the Penthouse located on the 21st - 23rd floor of the luxurious Pearl Breeze.

The style

Careful consideration was given to the design in order to maximise the beautiful setting. The owners opted for a contemporary minimalist style to create a space where they could relax and unwind. Minimalism implies quality rather than quantity and here a focus has been placed on simplicity and balance to achieve a space that is calm and serene.

The style

The colour palette

While traditionally minimalist colour schemes are white and neutral, this penthouse is a great example of how a contemporary minimalist scheme can be successfully achieved using colours inspired by nature. When you have an unobstructed view of the ocean you have the perfect inspiration for your colour scheme.

Umhlanga Rocks view from apartment

A monochromatic harmony was chosen to streamline the design. Tints and shades of blue were chosen as well as neutrals to bring the outdoors in. A carefully considered mid tone blue was chosen for the majority of the walls, the soft blue with a warm undertone that blends in perfectly with the ocean. Natural stone floors, the colour of beach sand, add warmth and ground the scheme. Clean and calming white furniture brings a touch of solace to the interior as well as a contemporary edge. The centre floor of the penthouse is home to the open plan living room, dining room and kitchen, which all flow into each other and the view beyond. The sleek kitchen units in a soft dove grey and mirror finishes blend seamlessly with the blue of the walls.

A monochromatic harmony

Texture and pattern

A monochromatic colour scheme brings unity to a decor scheme but when everything in a design looks too similar a scheme can become boring. The introduction of texture and pattern provides visual and tactile interest. This has been done throughout with a combination of reflective and transparent glass, sleek metallics and a variety of materials, from leather to wood. 3D bespoke art installations on the stairway and in the living room add visual interest Windows maximise the view on the staircase to another living area above and the bedrooms below. A crystal chandelier and abstract custom 3D art add a touch of glamour.

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The basin in the master suite is made from natural agate which lights up to create contrast and beauty in the bedroom.

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The stylish and serene colour palette continues in the bedrooms with a soft earth-tone green in one of the bedrooms. Neutral colours ground the scheme. The gloss finish on the headboard adds a hint of luxury.

Bedroom's serene colour palette

While the colour palette is limited, colour has been added in small pockets of the apartment, like the bathrooms.

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According to Tony Dennyschene from Dormehl PhalaneProperty Group these properties are rarely available and are highly sought after by a growing high end property market in Durban South Africa.

To view this apartment and other luxury properties in Umhlanga Rocks, click here.

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