Take a tour around Jenny’s 1970s-inspired flat

A striking black-and-white striped feature wallpaper was the starting point for Jenny's living room.

A striking black-and-white striped feature wallpaper was the starting point for Jenny's living room. The mid-century furniture complements the age of her flat.

1/10 1970-style living room

living room with striped wallpaper and woman with sofa

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Striped wallpaper
Opus Muras at Wallpaperdirect

2/10 TV area

tv area with tv and armchair with books on table

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Jenny's white high-gloss wall unit in her living room came from Ikea and makes a neat spot to house the TV. The wooden chair by the window is the ideal spot to relax with a good book.

Wall unit

3/10 Grey hallway

hallway with grey wall and mirror on wall

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

The smart grey walls in Jenny's hallway add a modern twist to retro-style parquet flooring. The eye is immediately drawn through to the striped wall in the living room, while a bright-yellow table lamp offers a splash of colour.

Similar grey paint

4/10 White kitchen with wooden worktops

kitchen room with wooden worktop and white wall tiles

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Jenny chose handleless white high-gloss kitchen units for a streamlined look. They're topped with solid-oak worksurfaces – a clever way to make a budget kitchen look more expensive. The pared-back white mosaic wall tiles allow the vibrant yellow accessories to pop.

Similar kitchen units

5/10 Blackboard wall

blackboard wall with wooden dining table and chairs

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

If, like Jenny, you're lost without reminders and lists, a blackboard wall is a practical and stylish solution. This one spans an entire wall in her kitchen. The drop-leaf table in front is a great space-saver if your room is compact.

Similar blackboard paint
Similar drop-leaf table
Frances Hunt

6/10 White and yellow children’s bedroom

children's bedroom with white shelf and white window

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Yellow is Jenny's favourite colour and is scattered around her home, including her son's bedroom. White walls and cube shelving keep the style simple.

Similar striped fabric
Similar shelving

7/10 Neutral bedroom with blue feature wall

bedroom with blue feature wall and pillows on bed with mirror on wall

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Jenny's bedroom differs from the rest of the flat thanks to a peacock-blue feature wall. The quirky cluster light is a real talking point, while a gold-framed mirror and a Kartell table lamp add a touch of glam to this space.

Similar gold lamp
Kartell at Nest
Similar cluster light
Beautiful Modern Thing

8/10 Blue mirror and gold and blue accessories

blue mirror with gold accessories and photos on wall

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

The blue and gold theme continues in Jenny's bedroom. She painted this Rococo-style mirror the same shade as her feature wall, while the hand and stag ornaments reflect her eclectic style.

Similar mirror
Celebrity Boutique

9/10 White and wood bathroom

bathroom with wash basin and towel with mixer tap and white wall tiles

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Jenny's dark-wood vanity unit in her bathroom was an eBay find – she simply added a countertop basin and a modern mixer tap. Striped towels lift this unfussy scheme.

Similar towels
John Lewis
Similar basin
Better Bathrooms

10/10 1970s flat

flat exterior with garden and tree

(Image credit: future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Jenny saw past the uninspiring exterior of her ex-council flat and got more space for her money. She used the 1970s design as inspiration for the interior decor.

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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.