Be inspired by this playful Eighties house

The downstairs space of this north London home is broken up into two rooms, an intimate chocolate and lilac living room and a sleek, open-plan kitchen-diner.

The downstairs space of this north London home is broken up into two rooms, an intimate chocolate and lilac living room and a sleek, open-plan kitchen-diner.

Living room | Playful Eighties house tour

living room with pink sofa and grey and pink cushions and white wall and flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The faux-suede sofa is by Kingcome Sofas (opens in new tab), with cushions from Liberty (opens in new tab). The Paper Roses wallpaper is by Cole & Son (opens in new tab).

Dining room | Playful Eighties house tour

dining room with white wall and picture frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

In the dining room the owner has dressed up a small space for big impact, in true Alice in Wonderland style. The eye is tricked into thinking this is the doorway into a big room, when it’s just a little cupboard.

Collage wall | Playful Eighties house tour

collage wall with pink colour and wall stickers

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The walls of the space under the stairs are covered in a lifetime’s worth of memorabilia. Visiting dogs are lucky enough to call this fun cubbyhole home, as it’s used as a temporary kennel.

Kitchen-diner | Playful Eighties house tour

kitchen and dining area with white wall and kitchen counter and dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

As well as sleek good looks, this space is all about practicality and efficiency. Even the plug sockets in the kitchen are sunk into the work surfaces.

The fringe curtains are from Habitat (opens in new tab).

Hallway | Playful Eighties house tour

hallway with white and brown wall and round mirror and shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The owner's high-style look was realised without blowing the budget or compromising on luxury.

The ornate mirror is from Aria (opens in new tab). The glass pieces are by Jonathan Adler. (opens in new tab)

Home office | Playful Eighties house tour

home office with white wall and black texture and desk with computer

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The top floor comprises of the home office area. Four rooms were reconfigured to create a master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite and study.

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

Cloakroom | Playful Eighties house tour

cloakroom with wall clock and white wall with wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

In the quirky cloakroom the wall mural is by The Wall Art Store (opens in new tab). Buy a Sunburst clock by George Nelson at Nest (opens in new tab).

Bedroom | Playful Eighties house tour

bedroom with white wall and curtains and bedding with cushions and throw

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

Delicate fringe curtains are a more romantic option than heavy drapes.

The French Furniture Company's (opens in new tab) Provincial bed is like this. The cushions are by Fornasetti (opens in new tab).

Bedroom storage | Playful Eighties house tour

bedroom with textured wall and black wardrobe with white texture

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The main bedroom is warm and sensuous, with a wall of mirrored cupboards creating not only a feeling of light and space, but also providing a practical storage.

Bathroom | Playful Eighties house tour

bathroom with black wall with white texture and picture frame and bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

In an anti-clutter move, the owner has transformed his collectables and memorabilia into mini artworks by displaying them in a series of frames. Get the look by gathering all your dust-collecting objects together and matching with postcards to create stories.

Master bedroom | Playful Eighties house tour 

master bedroom with white wall with wallpaper and dedding with cushions and throw and bedside lamps

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The emphasis in this home is on the fun factor. Here, a leafy mural brings the outdoors in and creates the feeling of sleeping in the great outdoors.

Looking for more decorating ideas? Check out our House Tours section for more inspiring ideas from real homes from a tropical bungalow to a cool, calm renovation.

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.