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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
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.
2/8 Dramatic black hallway
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
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.
4/8 Compact kitchen
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
6/8 Slate grey dining room
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.
7/8 Modern home office
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
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.
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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.
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