This three-bedroom Victorian terrace home in south Manchester belongs to a recruiter for Kellogg’s and a senior account manager. The house had been a rental property and was very run down. The owners were looking for a project with potential, and also liked the idea of expanding into the cellar. By converting the cellar they now have a three-bedroom, three-story home. They’ve also opened up the ground floor and replastered and refurbished every room.
The owners centred their scheme around a grown-up shade of purple and on-trend grey. They removed a dividing wall to make the living room open-plan, but the L-shaped sofa helps to define the space. 'Full-length curtains add a luxurious touch and keep the room nice and warm.' Mix pattern, texture and scale to add an extra dimension to monochrome scheme. This is easily achieved with cushions and throws.
Curtains and rug
Introduce an old meets new element. 'We opened up the fireplace and installed a woodburner, which makes the room lovely and cosy in the winter.' Make a feature of logs, storing them within easy reach. A modern floor lamp does a double duty as a mood enhancer and adds a stylish focal point. 'We both love clean lines and grey tones as they're easy to live with and complement almost any colour.' A bouquet of yellow flowers makes for a stunning statement.
Hanging a large mirror in a narrow hallway can help to add depth and make it feel a lot more spacious. Laminate flooring not only gives this hallway a sophisticated style, it's hardwearing and easy to clean, too. An unsightly radiator has been disguised with a contemporary radiator cover. You'll also benefit from extra shelving space and the heat protection they provide.
Cox & Cox
The laminate flooring from the hallway continues into the dining room. A stylish pale grey wall filled with black-and-white framed photographs makes an attractive focal point above the stylish original fireplace painted in a complementary tone. 'I love how light and airy the house feels now - the open-plan layout is great for entertaining. The dining set was a gift from my parents.'
Similar dining table
A combination of wood with contemporary materials is a great way to soften the harder edges of modern kitchen designs. Storage was an essential element to consider when planning the kitchen refit. 'I don't like cluttered worktops, so I made sure there was a place for everything when desiging our new kitchen.' The owners have chosen classic metro tiles as a timeless and simple way to shield their kitchen walls from water and food splashes.
'Go for an upholstered button-back headboard to create an opulent look in your bedroom.' The mix of patterns and textures used in this room adds warmth to the cool blue and grey colour scheme, making it feel really cosy and inviting. Displaying photographs and artwork is a great way to personalise your home. Keep them in a similar palette to the rest of your scheme for a cohesive and considered look.
A blank canvas is the ideal backdrop for photography and artwork. 'Framed photographs add personality to a home, the bigger the display, the better.' A splash of colour can really lift a bedroom scheme. This shade of blue looks fab teamed with yellow accessories. White furniture, frames and paintwork give this space a modern edge that is entirely liveable and adaptable.
Farrow & Ball
Step into a chic hotel room and you're likely to find a wet room. The generous room size and layout of this modern bathroom means it ticks all the boxes for practical family living. Here, a curved white vanity unit and basin looks elegant and keeps the room
uncluttered, while a stunning freestanding bath adds a finishing touch
of luxury. Pale grey tiling lays a smart foundation for the contemporary bathroom suite.