Step inside a glamorous converted church

Find modern and traditional decorating inspiration from our room-by-room house tour of a church converted into a family home in Hertfordshire. Get decorating and renovation ideas from this unusual project.

A grade II listed flint-and-stone church conversion in Hertfordshire, with a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, sunroom, study, utility room, cloakroom, four bedrooms (two en-suite) and bathroom.

1/12 Converted church entrance

exterior of church with potted plant and wooden door

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

2/12 Dining room with stained glass windows

dining room with wooden table and pink flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

New stained-glass windows at table height double the light offered by the original high-level windows. Bespoke furniture is in keeping with the classic church style, while the berry accents are both traditional and uplifting.

Get similar travertine floor tiles at Stone Tile Sales (opens in new tab)..

3/12 Berry dining room

room with glass vase dining table and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

The dining room furniture and colour scheme reflects the owners choice to complement the period character of the church rather than injecting it with contemporary style.

Find similar antique furniture at Alfie's Antique Market..

4/12 Cosy sitting room

sitting room with pink flower and mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

A bespoke pulpit in the living room is a definite nod to the house's religious origins, and adds interest and character to the room. Buttoned leather sofas and armchairs keep the mood traditional, yet cosy.

The mirror is from Mallglade Antiques (opens in new tab).

5/12 Rustic country kitchen

kitchen with kitchen cabinet and glass vase

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

A glamorous chandelier contrasts with the country style cabinetry and the original wood vaulted ceiling in this kitchen.

The black Elan 110 range cooker is from Rangemaster (opens in new tab). Find a similar chandelier at the Italian Lighting Centre (opens in new tab).

6/12 Kitchen splashback

room with wall watch splashback and gas stove

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

Lettering on the tiled splashback declares and embraces the original identity of the church. A black range cooker, white and timber cabinetry, and two different hues of stone worktops create a truly eclectic feel in this kitchen.

Find similar lettered tiles at Welbeck Tiles (opens in new tab).

7/12 Purple chaise longue

church room with long curtain cushion

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

A purple chaise longue in the bedroom gallery enjoys a dramatic view of the double-height space with original and new stained-glass windows. Luxurious curtains provide privacy when needed.

This chaise is upholstered in Evelyn fabric from Villa Nova (opens in new tab).

8/12 Purple loft bedroom

bedroom with bedlinen and cushion

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

The regal purple bedlinen adds to the sense of grandeur in this expansive bedroom.

Visit House of Fraser (opens in new tab) to find similar eye-catching bedlinen.

9/12 Purple and floral bathroom

bathroom with mirror and wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

An eye-catching bath continues the purple theme and is matched beautifully with blueberry-toned floral wallpaper.

Find a similar bath at Chadder & Co (opens in new tab). The 'Flowering Tree' wallpaper is from Zoffany (opens in new tab).

10/12 Silver washstand

room with silver washstand white washbasin and lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

This ornate metal washstand is another statement piece in the unique bathroom. Purple hand-towels coordinate with the colour scheme.

Look for a similar basin at Drummonds (opens in new tab).

11/12 Cosy pink attic lounge

attic room with sofa chair and flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

Guests can enjoy their own cosy sitting room. The button-backed chairs in warm brown sit harmoniously within the berry-pink room.

Find similar distressed leather armchairs at Barker and Stonehouse (opens in new tab).

12/12 Pink and copper bathroom

pink bathroom with copper bathtub and mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

A stunning free-standing bath in copper adds wow-factor to this chic pink en-suite bathroom. The ornate mirror adds to the feeling of luxury and drama.

Pick up a unique vintage mirror at Retrouvius (opens in new tab). Find similar baths at Drummonds (opens in new tab).

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Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. 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.