Find inspiration in this light, bright London flat

It’s hard to believe this fresh, bright space was once a grubby, nicotine-stained flat with questionable carpets. Thankfully, such decor didn’t put off its current owners, a tech manager and interiors stylist; they were able to spot the potential the minute they walked in the door of this two-bed flat above a shop.

Once the sale went through, and with their possessions in storage, they to set to work decorating. But with just three days before the removal men arrived, time was tight.

The quickest and easiest solution was to paint the whole flat in white and light grey tones and then set about adding character with furniture and accessories.

Without cumbersome furniture in the way, it was easy to refresh the walls and this instantly made the rooms feel bigger and friendlier.

Against such a blank canvas, the owners started adding colour and patterns. Much of the furniture was second-hand or sourced on eBay, but they were able to transform it with a riot of shades.

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