Be inspired by this Victorian semi in Kent

This Victorian semi in Kent is packed with design inspiration. Step inside...

This four-bedroom semi-detached home in Kent dates from 1896. The owners, a hairdresser and cab driver, bought the property in 2005. It was already a family home with a great kitchen and extension, but the owners were keen to add colour and quirkiness. They redecorated throughout and moved the bedrooms around following a loft conversion. 'Part of the reason we feel so comfortable here is because we got to know the house before making any design tweaks,' say the onwers.

1/9 Exterior


(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore)

2/9 Hallway

Green hallway

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The hall has been painted in the owners' favourite, green. It's a rich, warm shade and, although the hall is quite narrow, the colour makes the space seem cosy and intimate rather than small. The Chinese-style console table was a local find and the owners painted it and hung a large gold mirror above it.

Folly Green by Farrow & Ball
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3/9 Kitchen

White kitchen with yellow open shelves

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The owners have brought their white kitchen to life with pops of sunny yellow. They haven't had to do much to alter this light and airy space, which is housed in a great rear extension. Open shelves keep everything in view and accessible meaning that everyday items can also have a decorative impact on the kitchen design.

Yellow shelves and unit

4/9 Living room

Living room with fire place and cupboard

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The living room colour scheme is inspired by the fireplace tiles. Green and tuquoise accessories, such as vases, tableware and throws, echo this shade around the room. 'The decor has such a mix of styles, anything goes! Who knew that a blue vase would work with purple candlesticks?'

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Laura Ashley
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Designers Guild

5/9 Living room detail

Living room

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A fabulous sofa takes pride of place. 'Shortly after we moved in, we splashed out on this sofa because its turquoise-green shade matches the fireplace tiles.' The green curtains make a nice contrast, while the mid century-style side table adds a modern touch.

Designers Guild
Bird cushion

6/9 Dining extension

Dining extension

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The dining extension was added by previous owners of the property. The table came from a local market and the Eames-style chairs were an internet find. A yellow armchair introduces a sunny touch that tones with the warm wood floor and is perfect for such a light-filled space.

Eames chairs
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7/9 Attic bedroom

Attic room

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The owners decided to extend their home into the roof and commissioned a loft extension to house an extra bedroom and bathroom. Central to the space is the couple's smart leather upholstered bed and navy blue sofa that tucks neatly under the eaves. The owners have used a fabric remnant to jazz up their bed covers. A geometric rug adds a modern touch.

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Conran at Marks & Spencer
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8/9 Attic bedroom with bath

bathroom with wooden flooring

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Yellow is a feature colour throughout the house and the owners have used it to create a feature wall in their new bedroom. 'We knew we wanted something airy and open-plan and we'd always dreamed of having a roll-top bath next to a window with views looking out over the roof - and now, that's exactly what we've got!' The bath is a reproduction design that they painted themselves.

Yellow paint

Lemon Drizzle by Dulux

9/9 Girl’s bedroom

bedroom with wallpaper and bed

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With their new extension in place, the owners were able to hand their original bedroom over to their daughter. They painted walls and wardrobe in a matching powder blue and lined a feature chimney breast with a delicate floral wallpaper. The white metal bedstead makes an impressive centrepiece with its high head and foot rails.

Laura Ashley
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