Peachy Picture Molding hides a walk-in closet in this Parisian apartment


Known for inventing the transportable aesthetic of the Kasiiya Costa Rica and the Hyatt Regency Morocco, among others, this Paris-based designer is rare Thibaut Picard receives the request to lead a housing project. However, when a local couple (a marketing manager and a travel brand director) asked him to create the feel of a five-star suite in their one-bedroom apartment, he knew he could play to his strengths. “They travel a lot and wanted to rediscover that feeling of comfort and exclusivity in the hotels they visited,” says Picard. Cue bedroom walls dipped in saturated coral, a nod to the streets of Marrakech, and a secret room created to cure the flight home blues.

color, resource; Vintage dining room chairs.

The entrance to the nearly 700-square-foot space is bathed in a rich teal that Picard chose for its theatrical quality. “I wanted to create an entire universe in one room,” he says. However, homeowners were initially skeptical of such a deep hue for concern about soaking up light. The cut outs of the transitional space, which both open up the area and double as a place to put your keys, were the highlight. “Once we realized we would never be short of sun, we abandoned the original plan of all-white walls,” they say. Plus, with its 12-foot ceilings (tall by Paris standards), painting the entire hallway kept it from feeling to expansive. And you hardly notice the width of the cabinets, whose doors are the same color.

Forest green hallway with grayscale painting.

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The bold color palette continues in the peachy master bedroom (Pink Coral from Resource) and green marbled bathroom. Picard chose the soft pink, a hue that changes over the hours (pastel in the morning, purple in the evening) to offer its owners a cocoon of comfort. “The goal was to have a boudoir feel,” he explains.

Coral pink bedroom

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Along the side wall of the bedroom, what appears to be a standard picture frame bar conceals the entrance to a walk-in closet and dressing area. “From day one, my husband talked about wanting a hidden room like you see in the movies,” says the woman. “And Thibaut thought of that all along.”

Peachy Picture Molding hides a walk-in closet in this Parisian apartment

Knowing they would spend most of their days around the marble dining table, whether for dinner or not, owners take advantage of the built-in shelves behind it to keep their favorite art books within easy reach. There is more hidden storage space for tablecloths and serving dishes on both sides and under the bench seat. In order not to cover up the decorative strip of the apartment, the cabinets end just short of the full room height.

Living room with mid-century console table

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In the open living concept, dramatic color tones have been abandoned in favor of a calmer one cold white to complement the sage green Dining room shelves opposite. A softer scheme allows owners to focus on their work and not their surroundings. At 6pm, a mix of elegant mid-century pieces, many upholstered in velvet, provides a leisurely break to meet and share a glass of wine. “During construction, when everyone was still under lockdown, we put bottles in front of our neighbors’ doors to apologize for the noise,” the owners say. But 18 months later, the renovation feels far, far away.

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