A 300-year-old, detached former farm building in North Yorkshire. It features a hallway, living room, kitchen-diner, utility room, cloakroom, study, three bedrooms (one en suite) and a bathroom. As professional property renovators, the owners bought their current home as a business venture and certainly never expected to settle in it themselves. Located in an attractive village with fields all around, the house was the ideal project. It had not been refurbished since the 1980s and had remained on the market for some time. The interior was a little old-fashioned with lots of orangey-brown pine.
Have a beautiful but plain glass door? Customise it with etched house numbers. Arranging the numbers in a vertical layout, as shown here, is a great way to create a sense of privacy and intrigue. The rest of this well proportioned hallway has been kept light and bright with just a lick of white paint and minimal accessories.
The walls and ceiling beams in the living room have been painted white and teamed with neutral sofas and flooring for a timeless look. It took about 10 coats of paint to mask the original colour of the beams. If you’re short on space, make the most of every square inch you have by installing a shelf in each alcove space.
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This classic kitchen combines fresh white gloss units with revamped second-hand chairs. Combining the owners’ creative talents and joinery skills, they built unique items like the kitchen table. The kitchen-diner is practical and sociable and, anticipating that the house would probably appeal to families, they planned in plenty of storage that helps keep day-to-day clutter under control.
Creamy walls bring warmth to a smart monochrome scheme in the classic bathroom. The black bath panels and basin housing unit have a unique, modern feel. Dark flooring provides a neat contrast to white walls. A deep, polished glow brings a touch of glamour to this contemporary scheme and works well with contemporary furnishings.
Floor-to-ceiling mirrored wardrobes create an impressive backdrop in this bedroom and make the most of every inch of available space. Sumptuous bed linen in berry red has been combined with gold to create an elegant and sophisticated boutique bedroom scheme.
Use an item or feature you really love to inspire your colour scheme and build up from the floors and walls to accents and highlights. This child’s bedroom has a timeless look, furnished with a traditional wood wardrobe with mirrored insets and white painted bed. Decorative lettering has been used to spell out a name, instilling a personal touch, while a rocking chair adds character and charm to this pretty scheme.
This twin bedroom is decorated with wallpaper in a pretty botanical design. Duck-egg blue quilts add the finishing touch to white painted beds. The success of the renovation is testament to the owners’ understanding of design and construction and, although they didn’t plan to make this house their home, its chic simplicity has won them over.