Built in 1920, this Kent country house comes with a hallway, sitting room, kitchen-diner, family room, snug, study, utility room, cloakroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), dressing room and bathroom.
1/9 A classic 1920s country home
2/9 Neutral family room with topiary blinds
The topiary design on the Roman blinds ties in perfectly with the formal character of the garden beyond. A predominantly neutral backdrop has been brought to life by the addition of pastel accessories and woodgrain furniture for a look that is bright, refreshing and welcoming. The shabby chic look continues throughout the property, except for the formal living room, which has a grown-up elegance about it.
3/9 White farmhouse kitchen with lavender artwork
A few coats of paint have transformed an antique dining table and chair set bought at auction. Hard-wearing and durable, tiles are a tried-and-trusted material for kitchen floors. A bundle of dried lavender, framed on the wall, completes the rustic, farmhouse look.
Stony Ground eggshell from Farrow & Ball
4/9 Rustic meets modern kitchen with exposed brickwork
Existing cabinetry was spray-painted an off-white shade for an instant update. Channel the refined rustic trend by teaming simple painted cabinetry with a contrasting worktop and an exposed brick wall. Here, a natural stone floor gives the kitchen a fresh, country feel. Choose a trio of simple overhead pendants to neatly define the informal dining space.
Shaded White eggshell from Farrow & Ball
Tile & Stone Medway
5/9 Glamorous living room with metallic shimmers
Luxury furniture, textiles and wallpaper lend an air of glamour to this formal living room. The shimmering finishes and sumptuous seating make it ideally suited to evening entertaining. French doors allow the party to spill out into the garden during the summer months. The candle lanterns perched on the ottoman will provide instant mood lighting indoors or out.
6/9 Inviting guest bedroom with yellow bed linen
Warm yellow bed linen helps brighten this north-facing room. A subtle colour scheme of pastel pinks and purples throughout the rest of the room allow the yellow on the bed to be the star attraction. Make a pale bedroom interesting with decorative artwork, hung neatly above the bed.
7/9 Neutral living room with shoe and handbag display
The owner's shoe collection is the main focal point in this scheme. When designing a dressing room, why not borrow from the kitchen and create an island? It can include many of the features of a typical kitchen island, including shelving and drawers - in this case for shoes and bags.
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8/9 Monochrome bathroom with slipper bath
A glossy monochrome design adds an elegant and indulgent touch to the en-suite bathroom off the main bedroom. Choose black and white for an arresting colour combination that's both stylish and sophisticated. In this scheme, hints of green in the artwork and natural foliage prevent the look from becoming too severe.
9/9 Neutral bedroom with hints of gold
Warm, neutral hues combine to create a suitably relaxed atmosphere in the main bedroom. If you're after a bit of old-fashioned glamour, opt for luxurious textures and fabric. Sumptuous velvet on the bed and silk curtains mean you can channel the opulence of the metallics trend in all its glory.
The White Company
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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.
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