Be inspired by this Georgian townhouse in Dublin

Layered cushions, a large window, abstract painting and textured rug make sure the space remains cosy but light.

Shades of grey create a real sense of sophistication and surprising warmth in this living room. Layered cushions, a large window, abstract painting and textured rug make sure the space remains cosy but light.

1/8 Relaxed black living room

living room with grey sofa and lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

To lift the darkness of the grey, the adjoining walls have been painted cream for a softening effect. The fireplace and shutters add a traditional touch that help to accentuate the original features in the room.

The floor lamp was from Artemide (opens in new tab), and the Love cushion and throw were from Brown Thomas (opens in new tab).

2/8 Dramatic black hallway

black hallway with flower vases on desk

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Teaming glass with black creates a dramatic, but inviting look in this hallway. The large panels of mirror make the space appear bigger, while the slim, low console table is the perfect size for a hallway.

The console table was from Minotti (opens in new tab).

3/8 Modern dining room with extensive storage

dining room with round dinning table chair and storage units

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

In this kitchen-diner, which is at the other end of the main living room, the feature wall floor-to-ceiling bookcases are a stunning addition, and act as a screen keeping an adjoining guest room separate. Black is the overriding colour here, with gloss surfaces and a glass pendant light bringing another dimension to the look.

The table and chairs were from Sovet (opens in new tab), and the bookcase was from Tisettanta (opens in new tab).

4/8 Compact kitchen

black and grey kitchen and lady

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Although small, the kitchen is ideal for the owner and her daughter's needs. Appliances and storage are hidden away in units - one houses the fridge, freezer, oven and microwave behind sliding dark oak-stained doors, and on the other side of the room is a unit with the sink, dishwasher and hob.

Visit Poliform (opens in new tab) to find similar storage ideas.

5/8 Pared down living room

living room with fireplace and sofa with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

This secondary living room has a serene feel thanks to the cool neutral colours. There is still a consistency with the rest of the house as softer tones of grey have been used for the sofas and rug.

Visit Dwell (opens in new tab) to find a coffee table like this, and Prestige Fireplaces Ltd (opens in new tab) for a similar fire surround.

6/8 Slate grey dining room

grey dining room with black dinning table and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Still following the theme of grey throughout the house, this dining room, at the other end of the second living room, has been painted a slightly lighter shade. A black gloss dining table is a stunning focal point, while the traditional-style marble fireplace is a contrast to the modernism of the rest of the room.

The dining table was from Sovet (opens in new tab), and the sideboard was from Casa Milano (opens in new tab).

7/8 Modern home office

home office with white wall black desk and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

In the corner of the dining room is a small home office, complete with modern storage and slimline desk. Coolers colours allow the black gloss desk to become a feature, while the off-white bookcase is highlighted by black curtains behind.

The desks and shelving were from MDF Italia (opens in new tab).

8/8 Simple bedroom

bedroom with white cupboard and bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

High-gloss wardrobes and rubber flooring add interest to this neutral bedroom, as well as helping to open up the space and keep it light. A no-fuss bed gives the room a minimal feel, and all storage remains tucked away behind the sliding doors.

The wardrobes were from Tisettanta (opens in new tab), and the rubber flooring from Dalsouple (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.