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A four-storey Edwardian townhouse in south London. The ground floor has a hall, living room, dining room and kitchen. Downstairs, the cellar has been converted into a family room. On the first floor, there's an office, bathroom, master bedroom and en suite. There are two further bedrooms and a shower room on the second floor. A strong element of flamboyancy means that nothing in this room has been designed around a single range of fabric, with everything matching perfectly. The eclectic taste in décor is what makes this unique, fun-filled home a work of modern art. Decorative wallpaper and Victorian-style encaustic tiles create a timeless look in the hallway. A bold, monochrome stair runner adds an unsual twist to this classic but quirky entrance.

1/10 Hallway

living room dining room and kitchen

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

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Tiled Perfection

2/10 Living room

beautifully with modern design classics

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

For a look that has a fresh and contemporary feel yet works beautifully with modern design classics, decorate your home in mid-century style. Bold patterned wallpaper, plush velvet upholstery and mid-century furniture give the scheme its eclectic look. 

Florence Broadhurst
Knots Rugs
Coffee table
Modern Metropolis

3 /10 Living area

living area making it perfect for compact rooms.

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

A neutral scheme has been punctuated with bold, brash and brazen furniture choices. Don't be afraid to use one or two daring colours in a predominately pale scheme - the results can look undeniably stunning. An oversized mirror makes the space feel much larger than it is, making it perfect for compact rooms. 
Armchair fabric
Paul Smith
Tindle London

4 /10 Dining room

the striking painting quirky lamps

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Store plates, cutlery and glasses in cool and unique sideboard. The striking painting, quirky lamps and an ornate candelabrum contrast with the white sideboard in this modern dining room. The injection of these humorous touches act as the perfect foil for a look that is otherwise high on glamour and opulence.

Parham Spring by Kate Giles at Thompson's Gallery London
Modern Metropolis

5/10 Kitchen

modern kitchen design

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

A striking cockatoo painting adds quirky charm to this modern kitchen design. Exposed brick along one wall of the kitchen gives the room a sense of transition to the courtyard garden. Beautiful, hardwearing and timeless, a marble-clad island will have enduring appeal. Stone is not cheap but, with its tactile charm, it's a luxury investment that will stand the test of time.

Kitchen units and worktops
Daulby and Tickle
Cockatoo by Darren McDonald at Scott Livesey Galleries

6/10 Home office

furniture and fixtures in a formal living area

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Using utilitarian furniture and fixtures in a formal living area gives a contemporary home an element of industrial chic. An oversized pendant is a practical option for providing efficient task lighting over a generously proportioned desk. 

Graham & Green

7/10 Bathroom

the eclectic theme that runs through the house

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

In this white bathroom, the freestanding bath creates a cool, striking focal point. It forms the centrepiece of the room, while the delightful yet quirky artwork adds to the eclectic theme that runs through the house. The owners have dared to do something different, which makes this elegant, fun and functional bathroom all the more exciting. 


Eviland Lalanne at Indigo Arts Gallery
Fired Earth
Victoria + Albert

8/10 Main bedroom

a colour palette of pink and purple.

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Taking inspiration from the glamorous and decadent 1950s, the decorating scheme in this bedroom is unashamedly feminine, combining vintage finds with French-style furniture and sumptuous fabrics in a colour palette of pink and purple.

Suzy Hoodless at Osborne & Little
French Finds
Designers Guild

9/10 Bedroom

artwork and decorative accessories

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Artwork and decorative accessories accentuate the boudoir theme in this characterful and personality-packed bedroom. Period features have been given a new lease of life by the playful prints and punchy soft furnishings. The look has been kept regal with a crystal chandelier. 

Armchair fabric
Designers Guild
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10/10 Garden terrace

cushions are clever accessories

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Cushions are clever accessories for creating the illusion of a furnished 'room' outside; bright fabrics and furniture lend texture and a surprise element of comfort to this concrete terrace. Lush greenery stops this urban scheme from looking too over done. 

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. 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.