Dark Color & Drama in a Small Cape Town Apartment

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Jacob Crafford-Burger
Location: Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa
Size: 860 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 8 months

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In just over six months Jacob has created a home that is cozy and creative and that very much reflects his personal style. Filled with an abundance of art, plants and strong accent walls, this apartment is full of character.

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Jacob rents the apartment and luckily his landlord is happy for him to make improvements to the space. On moving in, Jacob immediately removed the old-fashioned curtain tracks and replaced them with roller blinds to add more of a contemporary touch. He also added new light fittings and of course the major change was painting the walls in dramatic Graphite from Plascon.

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Jacob owns an interior design company, which explains much of the custom-made furniture and bold design choices. Jacob’s favorite element in his home is all of his art, collected on travels abroad and from favorite local artists. Jacob says, “My clients have come to know that I am passionate about art and so we always leave a large budget for this in all of our projects.”

Having also done much event styling, Jacob has gathered plenty of props and accessories over time. Vases, scatter cushions and throws are stored in his garage and readily available for when he decides to switch things up. This way his home always feels fresh and new.

Get the look! → Dark, Natural & Textured

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I’m in love with my dark walls filled with art from my travels locally and abroad. I don’t like too much clutter, but I find stations of clutter interesting. I do also feel that you create much more of a statement that way. I love nature and that’s why I’ve used so many plants and trees throughout the apartment. Greenery adds life to any house or room; I will say that is the final touch to any room.

Inspiration: Nature, texture and people. I love using plants, art and statues in my interiors and these also inspire me a lot. Smooth finishes freak me out a little and also when something is perfect.

Favorite Element: My art

Biggest Challenge: Was to hide the floor difference in the lounge and also to find suitable lights.

What Friends Say: Most of my friends are like WOW, they can not believe what I have done with my apartment.

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Biggest Embarrassment: The electrician changed the pendants in the lounge on the day of my birthday/housewarming so it was not sealed or painted yet. Luckily nobody noticed 😉

Proudest DIY: I don’t like DIY at all; I feel we have enough artists throughout the world. Let’s support them. The lights in my living room are a DIY idea, however I did get someone in to do it for me.

Biggest Indulgence: The biggest thing was getting all of my art framed. My second biggest expense was probably my dining chairs.

Best Advice: Dark walls hide any imperfection and make rooms feel bigger.

Dream Sources: Buy as many interior items and art on your travels as possible. You will forever have a story to tell and will have many memories.

Get the look! → Dark, Natural & Textured

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Jacob kept the entrance white to contrast with the dark statement walls in the rest of the apartment. (Image credit: Lana Kenney)

Thanks, Jacob!

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