Step inside a cosmopolitan Victorian terrace

Find modern decorating inspiration from our room-by-room house tour of a stylish Victorian terrace. Find decorating ideas from its mix of clever buys and original style ideas.

PROPERTY TYPE Three-storey Victorian terraced house
SPACE Open-plan living/dining/kitchen space with study area, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, dressing room, office and screening room
LOCATION West London

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living room with dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The owner realised he could recreate the spacious feel of the loft he’d previously rented on London’s South Bank if he made his house more open-plan. Now, light filters through from the kitchen into the living room. A cocktail of furniture incorporating old, modern, designer and bargain pieces is punctuated by an eclectic and ever-growing art collection, which covers everything from students’ artworks to a David Hockney original.

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pine floorboards with dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

Simple white walls and reclaimed pine floorboards look fresh, while artwork, books and furnishings add colour. The hallway is given true individuality with cool ideas and quirky finds.

The bench came from a Japanese antiques shop. B&B Italia sells similar. For a fan like this, go to GreenerairRobert Young Antiques has a range of traditional paintings.

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white walls with bookshelves and sofa

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A dedicated screening room is intended to make watching TV or movies an event. The white walls are clad with bookshelves to create a library-like feeling, while the green sofa from B&B Italia adds a burst of colour to the space.

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kitchen with cabinets and glass door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The renovated kitchen space makes an instant impact through its unexpected sense of height, space and light. In order to make the kitchen truly original, the owner customised Boffi units with glass frames housing pictures, which he can swap on a whim.

The butcher’s block was bought on eBay.

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living room with sofa and cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

Modular lounge seating and cosy rugs create a welcoming cosy feel in the living room that's contemporary.

The Flexform sofa and footstool are from Harrods.

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bathroom with bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

This bathroom proves that decorating with pale-coloured tiles and a large mirror can create an airy, light-filled space.

The bath and basin are both from Aston MatthewsMirror World sells large mirrors.

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bedroom with lamp and frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

The spare bedroom is filled with a mixture of styles in a cohesive colour palette. A chest of drawers contrasts with a contemporary graphic wall mural. The bedlinen, covered in the owners scribbles, was created using indelible pens, so guests can add their own messages.

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wooden floorboard with carpet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

Floor-to-ceiling white cupboards provide plenty of storage in this dedicated dressing room, and contrast with the rustic look of the wooden floorboards.

The chairs in the dressing room came from Christie's. Antonio Citterio’s armchair at B&B Italia is similar. Get a Turkish rug from Liberty. Find a registered craftsman to install built-in cupboards at

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for everything from a celebrity designer's Victorian terrace house to an eclectic mansion flat.

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.