A Modern Meets Nautical Interior Refresh
Sailhouse Kirkland Apartments Refresh
Inspired by the easy lake access, this interior refresh blends nautical and modern to breathe new life into the community identity.
Located in Kirkland near the banks of Lake Washington, Sailhouse Apartments offers its residents calm, lakeside living just outside of the bustling city. While this community certainly has location in its favor, the interiors were dated, drab, and lacked the allure needed to stay competitive in the booming Seattle market. Their brand identity — a nautical theme inspired by their close connection to the water — had been long lost, and upgrades were needed to bring character back to Sailhouse.
Our design team was brought in to revitalize the ambiance and residential experience of the apartment community to stay competitive within the housing market. The vision was a modern, coastal inspired space that summons familiar feelings of hazy summer days spent by the lake — but with a contemporary twist that brings the complex into the present.
The new lobby offers a serene first impression, featuring a refreshing, summery color palette of saturated, warm accents layered upon soft neutrals. Yellow and gold are featured in furniture, light fixtures, and other accent pieces, conjuring images of the bright summer sun sitting high in the sky. Sage-colored suede sofas are reminiscent of sunbathing on a grassy knoll beneath a towering evergreen, and shades of blue are repeated throughout to represent water and sky. A round, braided jute rug anchors the smaller seating area as a nod to the space’s nautical theme.
In the resident kitchen, shades of blue complement organic neutrals and materials. While the design is sophisticated overall, small, playful moments ensure the space feels personal. A unique, twisted light fixture twists and turns with the same fluidity as ocean waves. Placed above a large marble-top island, the kitchen feels contemporary, sleek, and inviting. The lobby is comprised of multifunctional amenity spaces and seating areas that are visually connected, but still offer a sense of separation for multiple groups to enjoy the common area simultaneously.
The gym refresh is a continuation of nature-inspired design, with calming neutrals to help promote focus. Light hardwood floors and cubbies help the space feel fresh and open. Crisp white walls are contrasted by black window trim and ceilings for a modern, timeless appearance.
The model unit also boasts the same vibrant accent colors found in the lobby — a cheerful yellow layered over beige, feather grey, black, and toasted browns. Balancing statement colors with neutrals introduces a youthful essence into the otherwise sophisticated, polished design. Lightly stained wooden cabinets and flooring keep the space feeling bright and airy — even on the dreariest Seattle day.
Similar to the lobby, the model unit uses color and materials to visually connect each space, while also defining them from one another. The living room feels warm, cozy, and separated from the kitchen and dining area by the transition to softer, inviting materials like suede. The kitchen is defined by sleek, classic neutrals and modern appliances, and the dining area is a calm, sunny haven for guests to enjoy a meal.
The bed and bath were kept simple yet contemporary, with neutrals like white and beige dominating the color scheme for a fresh, clean design, agreeable to most people. Sunny yellow accents serve as an aesthetic link to the Sailhouse brand.
Now, this once-dated apartment complex feels new, modern, and has a visual identity unique to its brand. New amenities and common spaces also foster a new sense of community. Located near the water just outside of the city, Sailhouse offers its residents an escape from urban life, back to a simpler and sunnier time.
Notes & Credits
Photography by Cory Holland.
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