Pared-back neutrals for easy living

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  • 5 things to love about this cool, contemporary, neutral-toned home

    1 Accessories stand out
    Copper pendant lights add a warm, metallic glow to the serene kitchen. Marble work surfaces are highlighted by the neutral cabinets. The large butler sink is used for washing up while a second sink, recessed into the marble worktop, is used for filling drinks. ‘It’s also good for quick pan disposal,’ says the owner. ‘You can just lean back from the cooker!’

    2 Textures get noticed
    ‘The panelling on the walls looks slightly cabiny, slightly cottagey,’ say the owners. They made sure the ceiling boards were travelling in the same direction, so that the ceiling and wall mirror one another. With no clutter to cover them, the extra wide floor boards are a standout feature.

    3 An understated hall has impact
    ‘This is definitely my favourite part of the house!’ says the owner of the newly expanded hallway. ‘I didn’t want that cramped feel you get in a lot of London semis.’ Colours and textures are kept tonal so the overall affect is serene, calm and welcoming.

    4 Serene shades make for a calm bedroom
    While still maximising the light, the grey paint shades in the bedroom create a soft, serene background. ‘We knew we didn’t want bright, glaring, gleaming white,’ say the owners. They added height to the master bedroom by lowering the kitchen below to gain ceiling height above.

    5 Neutral tones create a zen-style bathroom
    The couple went for a wet room finish in here, to make the most of the space, and used no-nonsense fittings to keep costs down. The soft greys and warm whites create a mellow mood that also maximises the light.

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