Be inspired by this arty Victorian terrace home

Take a tour around this arty Victorian home in south-east London. Previously featured in Livingetc, this reader's home features splashes of quirky, individual style and plenty of arty pieces to make it a refreshing family home

Property A four-storey, early Victorian terrace house with large garden in south-east London.
The space 4 bedrooms, living room, kitchen/dining area, 2 bathrooms, small study/home office space.

1/9 Exterior

white house with white window potted plant

(Image credit: Future PLC /paul massey )

2/9 Living room

living room with red sofa woman and floor rug

(Image credit: Future PLC \Paul Massey )

The living room is a relaxed, open space where the owners can chill out. The cherry-red sofa adds an element of bold colour to the neutral scheme.

The sofa is a bespoke piece made by Sofa Workshop (opens in new tab), and the wall paint is from Fired Earth (opens in new tab)

3/9 Kitchen

kitchen with kitchen cabinet and glass roof

(Image credit: Future PLC /Paul Massey )

The custom-built kitchen is a delicious, light-filled space. Freestanding pieces help keep the mood relaxed and welcoming. A stainless steel workbench, Siemens (opens in new tab) fridge and a range cooker work well alongside two Butler (opens in new tab) sinks.

4/9 Hallway

hallway with white wall and glass vase

(Image credit: Future PLC /paul massey )

This clean-lined room, painted in white and muted hues gives the house a contemporary mood, yet the vintage finds add personality and warmth.

For a similar wooden cabinet, try The Cotswold Company (opens in new tab). The picture is a Peter Blake (opens in new tab) original.

5/9 Dining room

kitchen room with glass roof and kitchen cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC /paul massey )

The dining room floor is treated with OS coloured floor wax, available from Broadleaf Timber (opens in new tab). Mismatched chairs add a quirky element to the room.

The letters came from salvage shop, Casa (opens in new tab).

6/9 Hallway staircase

hallway with staircase and mirror on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC /paul massey )

The walls are painted white to reflect as much light as possible (aided by the almost double-height windows or French doors on each landing). Up the stairwell are black-framed photos and junk-shop mirrors.

For similar vintage mirrors, try Harrison & Gil (opens in new tab).

7/9 Bathroom

bathroom with white basin and white door

(Image credit: Future PLC /paul massey )

A clean, functional space that can cope with the demands of family life. The simple shape of the sanitaryware is enhanced by a pale walnut-veener bath panel and sink pedestal.

The wall paint is from Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab).

8/9 Bedroom

bedroom with wooden bed and white bedlinen

(Image credit: Future PLC /paul massey )

The decorative stained-oak bed is the focal point of this neutral bedroom. Paper lanterns strung around the headboard add some soft colour, and introduce a little femininity.

For similar paper lanterns, try Homebase (opens in new tab). The Godzilla lamp is from SKK (opens in new tab).

9/9 Bedroom

bedroom with fireplace and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC /paul massey )

An all-white backdrop gives this room a simple, minimal feel while creating the impression of space. Built-in shelving maximises the available space.

For plain cream curtains, try IKEA (opens in new tab).

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for everything from an industrial-chic conversion to a retro 1970s-inspired bungalow.

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.