Step inside a four-storey Victorian home decorated in bold colours

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An extended four-storey Victorian semi in south London. There is a living room, kitchen-diner and home office on the ground floor with a laundry room and children's den in the basement. Upstairs, spread over two floors and part of the converted loft, are five bedrooms, a shower room, bathroom, dressing room, WC and a study.

1/10 Living room fireplace

living room with fireplace and dark grey wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

Similar fire surround

2/10 Hallway

hallway with front door and wreath on door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

A minimalist Christmas tree, colourful garlands and oversized pompoms greet visitors to the house.

Frosted twig tree
Felt baubles

3/10 Living room mantelpiece

living room with fireplace and dark grey wall with decoration

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

The fireplace mantel is dressed to full effect in the living room. Contrasting colours mesh well to create a scheme that is unapologetically loud.


Ednah Root at Art Provenance
Fan decorations
The Conran Shop

4/10 Living room

living room with cushion on armchair and decoration with picture on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

The wall lights and table have been dressed in pretty and festive decorations. Because of their distinctive shapes and quality of craftmanship, mid-century finds are featured throughout the house. They contrast with, rather than match, the original features.


B&B Italia

5/10 Dining area

dining room with dining table and accent chairs with christmas tree

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

Cool and contemporary, this chic scheme serves as a simple backdrop to the beautiful view of the garden, framed by floor-to-ceiling French windows.

French windows
RT Hardwood Windows
Kitchen units

Keypoint Construction

6/10 Kitchen

kitchen area with dark grey wall and shelves on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

Open shelving is a great way to display quirky accessories, vintage pieces and practical items, such as plates, bowls and jugs. Paint the shelves in a dark and dramatic colour to really show off your collection.

Similar crockery
John Lewis

7/10 Bedroom

bedroom with copper metallic craft paint and wardrobe

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

Sequins and silk make a totally sumptuous combination, just perfect in a bedroom. The owner refreshed an old headboard by spraying it with copper metallic craft paint and sealing it with decorator's varnish.



8/10 Bathroom

bathroom with painting on wall and dark navy blue wall with show piece and bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

Classic and contemporary: saturated blue has been mixed to beautiful effect with white in the bathroom, creating a calming atmosphere.


Wall paint
Juniper Ash from Little Greene

9/10 Bathroom basin

bathroom with wash basin and painting on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

A modern basin vanity unit contrasts with the vintage framed portrait and painted plates. 


Jane Newbery

10/10 Shower room

bathroom with shower room and shelf with metro tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

There wasn't much space beneath the eaves to squeeze in a bath, so the owner sealed the floor and made it a wet room.

Wall and floor tiles
Walls and Floors
Shower head
Pendant light

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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.