This three-bedroom, Victorian terraced house in London was bought in 2007. When the owners moved in, the interior was already very much to their taste, so it didn’t take long to turn it into their dream home. The previous owners had done a lot of work, including extending the kitchen, and updating the bathroom and attic en suite to a high standard.
The kitchen had been installed before the owners moved in, but the sleek white units with Corian worktops and bar handles were exactly what they had hoped for, so it remains unchanged. White is a super versatile colour for a kitchen and makes the room feel very light. It’s also a popular look that isn’t likely to date. Grey curtains and blinds keep things muted, but accessories in any colour can easily be added to a white space.
The dining area of the kitchen is in the part of the house that was extended by the previous owners to include a glass roof over the side return. Doors near the table open out on to the garden, which is ideal during the summer months. The glass table is a smart choice, as it has a barely there feel, especially when compared with opaque finishes, such as wood, which would create a visual block.
Like the rest of the house, the living room is decorated in soothing cream and stone shades, with just a hint of colour in the dress curtains. A window seat with hidden storage was added to the bay – great when extra seating is needed and for tidying away clutter. Half-height shutters keep the light flowing in, while providing privacy from passers by.
The ground floor of the house has a very open feel, which lets light flow through all the rooms. Between the living room and kitchen-diner, there is space for a desk, which is especially useful when the owners occasionally need to work from home. The traditional, French-style furniture has been chosen to suit the rest of the decor and a painting hung above the desk creates a focal point.
Although the paint in this bedroom is the same as the one in the living room it looks different as a pink toile fabric brings out the warm tones. Roman blinds are a lovely way to show off a beautiful fabric like this one and give a neater finish than roller blinds, as they fold up into pretty pleats and are usually hung from a batten.
The entire house has been decorated in the same sophisticated neutrals. What separates the main bedroom from the other rooms is the fabric choice, which is unique to this space. Despite the presence of a bright colour here, it still retains a very neutral feel because the pattern has a white background, which creates a very different look to a block of colour.
The spare bedroom is up in the eaves, but pale colours keep it looking airy. Having the guest room upstairs means that the owners and their guests have their own space and a feeling of privacy, plus it has its own en suite – an added bonus that will ease demand on the main bathroom. Blue-grey fabrics add interest, while being subtle enough to appeal to any taste.
The bath was already in place and painted a sage-green colour when the couple bought the house. However, a wallpapered wall was changed in favour of the neutral palette the owners love, which also lets the colour of the bath stand out without any other distractions. Half-height wooden panelling gives the room a country feel and provides a handy ledge for toiletries.