Take a tour around this stylish yet practical south London home

Take a tour around this stylish yet practical south London home, chosen by Style at Home. For more house tours and decorating ideas, go to housetohome.co.uk

The owners bought their Victorian terrace in south London in 2009. It was in desperate need of renovation, the walls were painted in cold blues, yellows and oranges, the bathroom had peach wall tiles and cork flooring and the kitchen had blue Formica units. The owners have since extended the house, going upwards and outwards to create fabulous family spaces. The floorboards have been sanded and painted white, while the walls are painted in varying grey and black tones, creating the perfect backdrop for a calm, serene look. Moving into the house once the initial work was complete, with its all-white walls and floors, was like a dream come true for the owners.

1/9 Exterior

house exterior with chequered tiles and white window

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2/9 Living room

living room with sofa and table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

The soft, light colours of lime, dove grey and white on upholstered furniture and soft furnishings create a calm look in the living room. 'I love restoring old pieces and have recently had the lime-coloured chair upholstered - it looks great with the sofa.' Take time to develop your style and don't rush your decorating. Gradually add to your scheme with unique finds.


3/9 Living room display unit

living room with black cabinet and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

As the owners share their living room with the children's toys, it was essential for them to have adequate storage to hide it all away at the end of the day. Living room storage doesn't have to be boring and purely practical. Have fun with a cabinet by painting it a daring colour. The beauty of this is that it can be changed regularly to match your mood, all at a relatively low cost.

Farrow & Ball

4/9 Sitting room

seating room with mirror and woodburning stove

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

Painting floorboards white instantly brightens any room and creates the perfect base for a striking rug. Come into the warm and enjoy the flickering flames of a woodburning stove. Don't let an alcove go to waste ? stack logs for a rustic feel.

Joss & Main
Woodburning stove
Kingsworthy Foundry

5/9 Kitchen

kitchen with cabinet and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

The smart wooden worktops add warmth to neutral kitchen units. Too much timber can feel oppressive, especially if your ceilings are low and windows small. Mix wood with painted cabinets to help break up the space and create a lighter look. Combining wood with contemporary materials is a great way to soften the harder edges of a modern kitchen design.

Similar tiles
Topps Tiles

6/9 Dining room

dining room with dining table and vase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

The owners love the simplicity of Scandinavian design, so wanted to bring a similar pared-down, tranquil feel to their home. Look out for practical modern dining chairs that can be cleaned and wiped down, but still look smart and stylish. Flowers are the perfect way to add a homely touch to your space and can instantly lift a tired room.

Dining table
Maisons Du Monde

7/9 Bedroom

bedroom with white wall and drawers

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

The loft conversion was a far less intrusive build process and was finished in just 13 weeks. With a baby on the way, the owners wanted to maximise the space in the house and the only way was to build up. They decided to make the loft room the new main bedroom and also add a separate bathroom. It's been an incredible transformation from dusty, unused, loft space to a sophisticated and tranquil retreat.

Similar bed linen
The White Company

8/9 Bathroom

bathroom with vinyl floor tiles and bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

By keeping this monochrome space devoid of unnecessary clutter, the bath and patterned floor tiles become the focal point of this astonishing bathroom. Use pattern to add interest to a plain bathroom scheme. Pick eye-catching accessories or funky tiles for a bold new look. Here graphic, luxury floor tiles give a bathroom a smart hotel feel.

Floor tiles

Harvey Maria

9/9 Bathroom wall

bathroom with white tiles and towel

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

Set against a dramatic grey wall, copper pieces are shown off to striking effect in this contemporary bathroom. Perfect for adding an industrial look in the bathroom, copper is seriously stylish. Keep to a monochrome palette, but counteract with a single yellow accessory to soften the look.

Farrow & Ball

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.