Be inspired by this pared back Victorian home

Take a room-by-room tour around beautiful Homes & Gardens readers' homes. This week we look inside a modern Victorian home for stunning decorating inspiration.

The owners have restored this detatched villa in Surrey into an elegant family home. A restrained colour scheme and streamlined surfaces complete the sophisticated look.

1/6 Hallway

house entrance hallway with white wall and mirror

(Image credit: Jo Henderson)

2/6 Living room

living room with white wall and stove and fireplace

(Image credit: Jo Henderson)

The low furniture and pale shades emphasise the scale of the panelled fireplace, which frames the seating area.

The armchairs are vintage Laura Ashley (opens in new tab).

3/6 Kitchen

modern cream kitchen and kitchen sink

(Image credit: Jo Henderson)

The white-tiled floor is the sort you would find in an airport, and is consequently very tough and easy to clean.

The kitchen cabinetry was designed and installed by Harvey Jones Kitchens (opens in new tab)

4/6 Dining room

dining room with white wall and dining table and frames shelf

(Image credit: Jo Henderson)

The kitchen-diner features a skylight that helps make the eating area below feel bright and airy all year round.

The bow chairs are by Philippe Starck at Viaduct (opens in new tab).

5/6 Bedroom

white bedroom with wooden floor and desk

(Image credit: Jo Henderson)

The original two-bedroom layout on the top floor has been opened up to create an open-plan bedroom, sitting area, dressing room and bathroom.

The wallpaper is from Cole & Son (opens in new tab).

6/6 Children’s room

white childrens room with wooden floor and kid chairs

(Image credit: Jo Henderson)

White painted furniture and walls keep the children's rooms in tune with the rest of the house, while stripped wood has proved a practical choice for the flooring.

The antique wooden sleigh bed is from Pavilion (opens in new tab).

Looking for more stunning readers' homes to look around? Take a look at our House Tours section for everything from a modern London penthouse and beautiful mews house, to an Edwardian country manor and Simon Lycett's home.

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.