Step inside a colour expert's boho-chic home

Set against an ever-changing palette of hip paint shades, this colour expert's family home ticks all the boxes. We take you on a virtual tour

By keeping the backdrop of this large and airy living room simple, the owners have been able to go to town with art, furniture and ornaments for an eclectic boho look. The walls have been painted in All White from Farrow & Ball.

1/10 Clever book storage

room with wooden ladder open book shelve and sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

2/10 Boho-chic living room

room with fireplace wall frame and sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

A carved Indian coffee table contrasts with big, cosy sofas, pulling together the look and creating a welcoming space for family relaxation. Find similar sofas at Habitat. The armchair has been reupholstered in felt - find a similar shade at Designers Guild.

3/10 Classic kitchen diner

kitchen with bo chair wooden dinning table and white lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

In this kitchen-diner, a selection of design classics, such as Philippe Starck's Ghost and Bo chairs and a Verner Panton chair, look chic around a wooden table covered in a zinc sheet. You can find these chairs at Heal's.

4/10 Family kitchen-diner

kitchen with white stool and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

The kitchen-diner is in the old living room, which has been converted into a family-sized space, complete with French doors onto the garden. Treasures collected over the years decorate the surfaces and, along with the gas log fire, add a cosy feel to the light-filled room. Not On The High Street sells similar candlesticks.

5/10 Whimsical girl’s bedroom

bedroom with single bed and sky blue wall

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

The whimsical Midsummer Night's Dream feel in this little girl's room is achieved with a mixture of pretty soft furnishings and unusual but effective decorative features. It's the ideal place for older children to play and sleep. Find similar beds at Ikea.

6/10 Romantic master bedroom

master bedroom with white bedlinen and books

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

Clever paint tricks have been used in the romantically decorated bedroom, such as contrasting soft tones on the wall to create the seamless silhouette of a headboard. Find paint shades like these at Farrow & Ball, and similar bedlinen at Habitat.

7/10 Glamourous ensuite bathroom

bathroom with wallpaper and photo frame

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

Decorated in earthy shades and cool blues, this en-suite bathroom was designed with relaxation in mind.

8/10 Children’s sitting room

childrens sitting room with pink sofa set and floor rug

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

This children's sitting room is a riot of fun colour and texture. Tromp l'oeil drops add an extra dimension to the walls. Heal's stocks similar coffee tables. Find a cowskin rug like this at The Rugseller.

9/10 Light and airy living room

living room with bo chair wooden flooring and white flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

A bay window is an ideal place for an office area. The white walls and blinds, together with the large windows, create a calming atmosphere. Find this Philippe Starck chair at Nest.

10/10 Dramatic hallway

white staircase with floorboard and wall frame

(Image credit: Future PLC /Luke White)

This dramatic entrance hall demonstrates great use of colour in pulling various design elements together. By limiting the colour palette to two contrasting shades, and painting the staircase the same shade as the floorboards, the eye is drawn along the hallway into the house. Find a Nordic country-style bench at Scumble Goosie.

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for everything from an industrial-chic conversion to a retro 1970s-inspired bungalow.

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.