A complete interior design for a 60ft Narrowboat, providing a residence used for liveaboard and workaboard occupancy. This light and contemporary design provides a solution that incorporates freestanding furniture within a small space residence, maximising lines of sight and creating a sense of openness.
Although this project presented us with a 330sqft (30.6sqm) interior to work with, the real challenge was designing a property that was limited by a 6’ 6” (2m) width throughout. It was decided that existing built-in furniture and cabinetry be stripped back from the living, working and bathroom areas. Where the opposite is usually found within small space interiors, this key decision allowed the interior to move away from the traditional narrowboat look. The result is a spatial aesthetic that gives the feel of an apartment or studio space, while at the same time revealing the lines of the boat's architectural details, celebrating the vessel's narrative.
A neutral palette uses tones and materials that open the scheme and give a sense of space. Satin paint finishes were chosen for their ability to reflect light. In the kitchen, a concrete-skim worktop is paired with small-scale metro tiles that enlarge the space, and which also continue through to the bathroom area. A folding dining table opens to create a large workspace for two, and vintage furniture gives the space a gentle sensibility.
In the living and working areas, storage is solved through a combination of hidden and considered, contemporary furniture. In the bedroom the existing cabinetry and extending bed were retained and painted, concealing storage and creating a sanctuary complemented by curated artworks and artefacts. Mid-tones bring a warmth to the bedroom and are carried through to the bow doors, opening onto an outdoor seated area with bespoke collapsable table.