Be inspired by this updated period house in south-east London

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A Victoran semi-detached house in south-east London, with a hallway, living room, open-plan kitchen-diner, cloakroom, four bedrooms, bathroom and shower room.

1/8 Exterior

house exterior with brick wall and black slate roof

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

2/8 Living room

living area with white wall and white sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

A large monochrome rug and pops of vibrant pink pack a punch in this otherwise serene living room scheme. Mid-century modern furniture has been teamed with vintage pieces for a utilitarian feel.

Floor lamp

3/8 Living room fireplace

sitting room with fireplace and white wall and armchair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Two living rooms were knocked together to create one open-plan living space, with the furniture used to create natural zones.

Lights 4 Living
Lamp, chairs and table
Upcycled by Imperfect Interiors

4/8 Kitchen

kitchen area with white wall and painted cabinetry and marble counters

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Painted cabinetry, marble counters and pale-coloured metro tiles keep things clean and simple. The kitchen features simple units, which have been sanded down and repainted, customised tongue-and-groove end panels, plus a handy built-in banquette with seat pads and floral fabric.

Fired Earth

5/8 Kitchen dining area

dining area with wooden dining table and bench and white wall with frames

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Built-in banquette seating helps maximise the space in this kitchen/dining area. A rectangular table will allow several people to line up along it without it eating into too much floor space. Pretty bench and scatter cushions and a patchwork rug introduce a touch of pattern in a mix of subtle shades.

Dining chair

The Conran Shop
Box wall light

6/8 Guest bedroom

guest room with fireplace and floral bedspread

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

A floral bedspread, vintage sofa and eclectic collection of accessories create a relaxed, modern-country feel in the guest bedroom. Neutral walls allow the one-off, design-led pieces and unusual curios to really stand out.


7/8 Main bedroom

bedroom and grey headboard and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

A subtle palette of pale greys and off-whites lends a peaceful atmosphere to the main bedroom. A feature fireplace with stylish overmantel mirror helps create a focal point.

Floor lamp

8/8 Bathroom

bathroom with bathtub and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Tongue-and-groove panelling and geometric tiling complement the traditional fittings in this tranquil bathroom. Glazed cabinets add a decorative touch.

Topps Tiles
Victoria Plumb

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.