Step inside this light-filled Edwardian terrace

This Edwardian terrace in south east London could feel dark and gloomy but the owners have opened it up with a neutral colour scheme.

This Edwardian terrace in south east London could feel dark and gloomy but the owners have opened it up with a neutral colour scheme. They also fitted glass sliding doors out to a decked area in the the back garden that brings in tons of light.

1/13 Edwardian terrace

house exterior with white windows and door

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2/13 Hallway

white hallway with drawer and wall mirror

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Their original front door glazing was mostly intact, save for the centre
section, so the owners had a glazier make up two new stained glass
panels to match the existing ones, using old and new glass. It cost
about £300 for the pair but really finishes the door off perfectly and
keeps the hall more private, too.

John Lewis
Chest of drawers
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Wall mirror
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3/13 Bedroom

white bedroom with fire place and mirror

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The pine bed and alcove cupboard in the spare room are painted white to keep the scheme calm and neutral.

Painted in Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball
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4/13 Living room

white bedroom with leather sofa and fire place

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The homeowners had alcove cupboards custom-built and added architrave and antique-style hardware to make them look like an original feature of the house.

Leather sofa
Laura Ashley
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5/13 Dining room

white dining room with dining table and cupboard

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The homeowner runs her own online interiors shop, Ebury Home & Garden so has a good eye for colour and style. The muted
colour scheme has not only transformed the once-dark space, but also
allows the carefully chosen statement pieces to make more of an impact.

Pendant lights
Jim Lawrence
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6/13 Kitchen

white kitchen with cabinets and worktop

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The owners customised their existing kitchen units with new panelled doors for a bespoke look.

Kitchen units
Painted in Pavilion Gray Estate Emulsion, Farrow & Ball

7/13 Kitchen/diner

kitchen area with dining table and sliding doors

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The new sliding doors fill the kitchen with light and provide an effortless step into the garden come summertime.

Kitchen table and chairs

8/13 Garden terrace

garden area with sofa and plant pots

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The back garden
has been landscaped, with a step-out decking area and gravel leading to
the lawn beyond. In summer this area becomes the family's main living

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Floor cushion
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9/13 Main bedroom

bedroom with bed and wallpaper

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The wallpaper
matches the neutral shades of the carpet and soft furnishings but the
intricate pattern lifts the space. The bedside tables were a bargain
find on eBay.

Newtons Furniture Company
Farrow & Ball

10/13 Bedroom

bedroom with bedside table and lamp

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The bedside tables were transformed with a lick of paint and some reclaimed handles.

Table lamp
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11/13 Children's bedroom

children's bedroom with fire place and wall shelf

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The owners kept to a simple colour scheme in the children's bedroom so it would last for years. The alcove cupboard was custom-made to fit the space perfectly.

White wooden letters
Posh Graffiti
Painted in French Grey Pale Absolute Matt Emulsion, The Little Green Paint Company

12/13 Bathroom

bathroom with bathtub and cupboard

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Renovating the bathroom involved removing the old hot water tank and replacing the avocado suite. The bath was the homeowners biggest luxury splurge. The side cupboard was rescued from a skip and painted.

Roll-top bath
Albion Bath Company
Painted in Joa?s White estate emulsion, Farrow & Ball

13/13 Bathroom

bathroom with washbasin and mirror

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An extended tiled splashback adds interest to the neutral scheme.

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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.