Step inside this light-filled family home

Find modern decorating inspiration from our room-by-room house tour of a stylish lightfilled family home in London. Find decorating inspiration from its open-plan layout and colourful features

Lush foliage softens the edges of this modern hallway (opens in new tab). Plant greenery in separate pots with a layer of gravel to prevent them becoming waterlogged, and add uplighters to create impact. Find similar containers at (opens in new tab)

1/9 Staircase | Lightfilled family home house tour

staircase with plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dan Duchars)

2/9 Dining area | Lightfilled family home house tour

dining area with plants

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

The traditional internal courtyard has been replaced with a glass-walled, leafy atrium. Perfect for showcasing tropical and architectural plants, the magical glass lightwell is also a fun space for the children (opens in new tab). The Eiffel chairs are by Eames from The Conran Shop (opens in new tab)

3/9 Kitchen | Lightfilled family home house tour

kitchen with microwave

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

The wall-to-ceiling steel cupboards in the kitchen (opens in new tab) were custom-made by Xera (opens in new tab), an Italian company, and the Foster hob is also from there.

4/9 Living room | Lightfilled family home house tour

living room with sofa and dining table

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

Bold splashes of colour help break up the modern, utilitarian feel of the open-plan living area (opens in new tab), giving the room character and warmth. The black modular sofas are by Living Divani (opens in new tab).

5/9 Bedroom landing | Lightfilled family home house tour

bedroom with bench

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

The swing in the master bedroom (opens in new tab) adds a quirky touch to the room. The rug is by Top Floor (opens in new tab), and the bedside table is from Ikea (opens in new tab). The chair is by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis from Viaduct (opens in new tab).

6/9 Bedroom | Lightfilled family home house tour

bedroom with bench

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

When the space gets too sunny, canvas screens can go over the glass panels of the central lightwell. Plenty of neat, built-in cupboards make good use of the space.

The bed is from Odd Mattress Co (opens in new tab). The cushion on the chair is from Ikea (opens in new tab).

7/9 Home office | Lightfilled family home house tour

home office with open shelf

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

The study, at the back of the ground floor, is brimming with books, files and paperwork. The lamp in the study is by Jasper Morrison for Flos from Icône (opens in new tab), and Ray and Charles Eames designed the office chair, stocked at Nest (opens in new tab).

8/9 Bathroom | Lightfilled family home house tour

bathroom with bathtub

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

The bath is by Kaldewei from CP Hart (opens in new tab), and the stand-alone tap is the D38 by Supergrif (opens in new tab).

9/9 Children’s room | Lightfilled family home house tour

childerns room with bed and chair

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

The spaces around the lightwell can flow uninterrupted, or be sealed off into separate rooms for privacy. At the touch of a button, blinds ease down over windows; walk-through wetrooms adjoin the children’s rooms with the master bedroom; and mirrors slide across to reveal joist-deep storage space.

The chair in the bedroom is by MDF Italia from Viaduct (opens in new tab).

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for everything from a rustic French farmhouse to an Arts and Crafts London semi.

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.