In Ayia Marina

Styling for Rental

About the Project

We received a call from our former clients when they bought another villa in Ayia Marina that they planned to update. They wanted to give it a new identity and put their own stamp on it. As busy parents to young children, they didn’t have the time to do it themselves. And, having worked together before, we were confident we knew what style they liked. 

However, in this property, they wanted to go in a different direction. The inspiration came from stunning images of forestry and atmospheric seas, black and white photography and deep greens. “We want urban, modern with a hint of industrial. A bit moody.” Well, you don’t need to ask twice. Paid to be moody. We can do that.

What we did in Ayia Marina

The villa had recently been painted a magnolia colour throughout and was in excellent condition. We looked at Ioannas inspiration images. We decided that to achieve the atmosphere they craved, much more depth of colour would be required. The right colour can have a considerable impact. In the lounge, a stunning, emerald green sofa set the scene. 

We used soft sage on some of the walls to compliment this. Textured cushions in ochre and graphic black and white from our stock, added interest and tied in with the tones of the natural sisal rug and the kitchen cabinetry in this open plan layout. Artwork and Photos grouped together on one wall provided impact.

The dining area formerly had a small table and chairs. The scale is essential. Furniture that is too tiny looks lost in a larger space. We opted for a much more substantial set, with clean straight lines in light wood and comfortable beige leather upholstered seats.

The stairwell was ample blank space and needed to be broken up. We took the green colours from downstairs and painted blocks of colour to provide a backdrop to collections of photographs, creating mini-galleries on two levels. Utilised dead space on landings with exciting accents. We made a reading corner with an armchair, shutters and travel-related decor.

When decorating your property, keep in mind the flow throughout. We tied in both levels in this villa in Ayia Marina with colour. The master bedroom picks up the deep moody greens and graphic details. Light fittings in black wire give the nod to industrialism and sit comfortably with a natural fibre pendant light. High ceilings need grander fittings. The two other bedrooms were each given a dash of colour on one wall and their own distinct personality that still complements the rest of the décor throughout.


Modern and Melodramatic. And very definitely Moody. In the words of our young couple – “ Just Wow.”

Oops, we did it again.

The Transformation

Before. And, After!

Designers Ruth Bainbridge & Marion Lacey
Styling For Rental
Photography Ruth Bainbridge
Decorator Ruth and Marion

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