Take a tour around a bright and colourful period home in Hertfordshire

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This semi-detached Georgian house in Hertfordshire has a hallway, sitting room, family room, kitchen-diner, conservatory, home office, utility room, cloakroom, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house was purchased in 2011 and needed a lot of renovation work.

1/11 Exterior

exterior of house with front garden and potted plants

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

2/11 Living room

living room with floor rug and wooden table

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

This living room is decorated in a vibrant yellow with colourful paintings and traditional furniture, such as the coffee table with its intricate detailing. The red carpet and large Persian rug create a daring colour clash that shouldn't work in theory, but that looks great and really brightens up the room.

Similar rug
Latif Rugs
Spanish chair

3/11 Kitchen-diner

eclectic kitchen with teacups and red vase

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

Bright accents of blue and yellow complement this cheerful, family-friendly kitchen-diner. With its artworks, animal ornaments and fabrics in a variety of patterns, this room is the perfect example of eclectic. The trick to getting it right is sticking predominantly to one colour, and keeping large items of furniture neutral.

Dining table
The Cotswold Company
Similar pendant

4/11 Kitchen

kitchen room with blue splashback tiles white cabinet and gas stove

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

This country-style kitchen has painted cream cabinets, a range cooker and vibrant blue splashback tiles. On the walls above the tiles, a pale blue paint is used, which contrasts nicely with the neutral units and keeps the room looking colourful.

Blue tiles
Topps Tiles
Similar paint

5/11 Family room

living room with arm chair white vase and yellow flower

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

Vibrant furnishings and striking artworks add personality and charm to this white and red sitting room, while the pinkier shade of the sofa looks fantastic against the darker red of the carpet. Although blue plays a less vital role here than in the kitchen, it still makes an appearance at the back of the bureau and on the plant pot.


6/11 Guest bathroom

guest bathroom with yellow wall and commode

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

An otherwise monochrome room is given a major colour injection with bright yellow walls, which rather than stealing the limelight for themselves, seem to draw the eye to the chequerboard floor. The blind fabric and cushion add a hit of pattern and have been chosen in colours that tie in perfectly with the rest of the scheme.

Similar wall paint
Dayroom Yellow by Farrow & Ball
Similar floor tiles
Walls and Floors

7/11 Bathroom

blue bathroom with commode and flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

Aquamarine colours inject a fresh feel in this bright and cheerful bathroom. Turquoise accents add interest to the room, while the under-sink unit provides valuable storage space. Keeping the ceilings and floors white is a useful trick to stop the blue from becoming too dominant.

Walls and Floors
Similar wall paint

8/11 Child’s room

aqua blue coloured kids room with floor rug

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

Aqua blue walls with a bunk bed and oak desk create a bright and cosy children’s room. Blue acts almost like a neutral backdrop here, which means that the brightly patterened duvet cover goes perfectly with the scheme.

Mydal bunk bed
Weathered oak desk
Sweetpea & Willow

9/11 Bedroom

bedroom with white vase and rug on floor

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

The iron bed and red soft furnishings give this pretty pale green bedroom a warm, traditional look. There's no need to have a box-shaped bedside table if you prefer not to. Although you may miss the drawers, a small round table or stool will do the trick.

Similar bed
Similar wall paint
Farrow & Ball

10/11 Master bedroom

kids bedroom with yellow cushion and red carpet

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

The brass bed gives this room a traditional twist, while the pale blue walls imbue a sense of calm. Checks, florals and stripes are all mixed up here, creating a space that's full of personal touches. The bench seating is the ideal spot for reading a book of an evening.

Similar throw
The Wool Company

11/11 Conservatory

conservatory garden blue chair and glass roof

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

This bright conservatory, with its pretty painted wicker furniture and potted plants, is a sunny haven. Take advantage of the glass roof to grow some plants inside so that your conservatory truly becomes a halfway house between the indoors and the outdoors.

Similar wicker chairs
Sofa & Home
Similar wall paint
Designers Guild

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.