When they moved into their new family home, these owners were delighted with all the extra space they had gained. However, they were faced with doing a lot of work to bring their tired looking house up to date. The previous owners had converted the loft into a double bedroom and all the basics were in place – it was just the decor that needed their attention. The couple were keen to make the most of the spacious bedroom and wanted to stamp their personality on it. ‘We wanted to create a soft industrial look and the key to this was the exposed brick wall.’
Luckily the owners were able to use some bricks left over from a friend’s building job to carry out this work and the sloped back wall was clad over a weekend. ‘It’s quite easy to create this look,’ says the owner, ‘and you don’t even need the whole brick.’
At the far end of the bedroom, the mezzanine level was little more than a large empty space. 'We put a dressing table there temporarily, but I became convinced that this area should become an open-plan en suite.' Having consulted a plumber, the couple went ahead and fitted a bath and basin that suited the period of the property.
Fitted furniture is a practical choice and is nearly always a good idea in a converted loft where wall space is limited. This clever built-in chest of drawers is recessed into the cavity wall and was given an updated look with handles that complement the new decor.
Furnishings and accessories such as this blue cupboard and period-style radiator lend plenty of vintage charm. The cupboard provides good storage and this striking shade of marine blue stands out against the neutral background to eyecatching effect.
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From empty space to luxurious en suite.The owners searched for one or two key pieces and decided not to include a shower to prevent the room from looking too cluttered. 'I had always wanted a roll-top bath that looked out of the window, and this was the perfect opportunity,' says the owner. The retro arrow was the final finishing touch.
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Fortunately the room didn't need any structural work, so the couple were able to focus on changing the decor to suit their own taste. 'I love decorating and styling,' says the owner, 'and I had a strong vision of how I wanted it to look.'