Open House: Step inside a colourful 1960s home in Hampshire

The owners moved from Leeds to this four-bedroomed chalet-style home in Portsmouth in 2015. It’s a 1960s house with typical features, including an asymmetric chimney breast in the living room, huge windows and slanting, wood-clad ceilings

When they first moved, in the owners striped the garish wallpaper in the living room and painted it white to create a blank canvas. The wood-burning stove adds a focal point, while the retro style furniture is has a distinctive 60’s feel – in keeping with the age of the house.
Instead of placing the sofa near the edge of the room, the owners moved it middle to create a cosy area around the fireplace.
A bold colour was introduced on a feature wall in the hallway. A display of floral prints in white frames adds a contrast to the vibrant green paint colour. In the dining room, a folksy table runner adds plenty of character. The room is exceptionally bright thanks to the large patio doors that open out onto the garden.
The kitchen was inherited from the previous owners. White cabinetry and neutral tiles makes the space easy to live with.The owners brough most of the retro furniture from their last house and fortunately it fits really well with the style of the house. The family wall of framed treasures adds colour and personality to this otherwise calm space.
In the kid’s bedrooms the owners chose inexpensive Ikea furniture. To dress up the simple desk and wardrobe paint effects were added, such as the cute pastel coloured bunting and the vibrant pink edging.

Blue towels and retro-themed accessories help brighten up the otherwise neutral bathroom space.
The owners love shelves, mantels and ledges so decided to add picture display in the main bedroom. On the other side of the room a striking royal blue wall adds a burst of colour.
The dressing table in the main bedroom has been livened up with a coat of Annie Sloan paint.
In the other kid’s room, spotted bedlinen and vibrant accessories add plenty of character to the all-white backdrop. The string of bauble lights instantly creates a sense of fun.

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