Be inspired by a glamorous five-storey Victorian home in north London

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A five-storey, late Victorian house in north London with a den and cloakroom on the lower-ground floor, and a living room and open-plan kitchen-dining space on the ground floor. The first floor has a master suite and study. The second floor has three bedrooms and a bathroom, and the top floor houses a bathroom and a children's den under the eaves.

1/8 Hallway

hallway with mirror and stairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

Encaustic flooring and a Victorian-style radiator create a period feel in this contemporary home.

Paper lanterns
Heal's (opens in new tab)
Tiles
Tiled Perfection (opens in new tab)

2/8 Living room

living room with sofa and cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

A blown up reproduction of a 16th-century painting is the focal point of the living room. The dusty pink wall colour is a brave and daring choice, but works well to provide a tranquil area to wind down. A grey geometric rug adds depth and dimension to the room.

Paint
Dulux (opens in new tab)
Candelabra
Graham & Green (opens in new tab)
Cushions
Habitat (opens in new tab)
Painting
Surface View (opens in new tab)

3/8 Steps

living room area with books

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

A combination of bright modernity with opulent flourishes creates a fresh, fashionable mood. The steps double as shelving for favourite books, adding colour as well as being a practical storage solution.

Bookcase
David Jones Furniture Makers (opens in new tab)
Floorboards
The Solid Wood Flooring Company (opens in new tab)
Rug
Deirdre Dyson (opens in new tab)

4/8 Dining room

dining room with table and candle

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

For subtly sophisticated Christmas dining, smart white surfaces are teamed with traditional red decorations, highlighted with flashes of cobalt blue.

Candles
United Perfumes (opens in new tab)
Place mats
Heal's (opens in new tab)

5/8 Den

sofa and cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The walnut radiator cover, with a pop of tomato red makes it strong statement in this cosy dimly light room - it disguises the radiator, turning something functional into something stylish.

Shelves
Habitat (opens in new tab)
Sofa
Ikea (opens in new tab)
Cushions
Anthropologie (opens in new tab)

6/8 Home office

home office

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Colourful and modern furniture - such as the yellow storage chest and yellow lampshade - bring this classical reproduction right up to date. Zesty yellow sits perfectly against white and grey tones.

Desk
Omann Jun (opens in new tab)
Chest
Castle Gibson (opens in new tab)

7/8 Bedroom

bedroom with bedside lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Make a statement in your bedroom with a dark reupholstered bed and quirky table lamps. A red velvet throw, ornate chandelier and gold leather chair create an opulent feel that works well against the pale backdrop.

Bed
The French Bedroom Company (opens in new tab)
Bed frame fabric
Sheila Coombes (opens in new tab)
Fireplace
English Fireplaces (opens in new tab)
Light garland
Habitat (opens in new tab)
Lamp
Ikea (opens in new tab)

8/8 En suite

master en suite

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The black and white colour scheme of this en-suite bathroom gives the space a touch of old-school Hollywood glamour.

Bath
Bathworks (opens in new tab)
Basin
Aston Matthews (opens in new tab)
Tiles
Viva Ceramica (opens in new tab)

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Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.