Take a tour of this chic Victorian terrace in North London

Check out this bright family home with muted colour modern motifs

When the owners found this Victorian terrace in north-west London it had 'project' written all over it. 'It was a probate sale that needed a complete refurbishment,' says the owner. 'There were crumbling plaster walls that, once we started to strip back, found were stuffed with old scrunched up 1960s newspapers. But it had all the makings of a lovely home - and we wanted to maximise the space as much as we possibly could.'

The owners found an architect who shared their vision and they struck lucky with very considerate builders who had an array of craftspeople to call on and arranged to have a feature centrepiece wooden staircase, new sash windows and Crittall-style glazed doors all made bespoke.

1/11 Exterior

house with white wash exterior walls and black doors

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The owners' light interior design touch allows one feature in each room to do the talking, adding other pieces that take their cue from the key motif. 'I love the monochrome, minimal Scandi style, but I'm also open to more eclectic influences. I'll mix French and contemporary, classic and antique,' the owner says.

2/11 Kitchen

kitchen with grey cabinet and electric oven

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Contemporary handleless units are sleek and versatile in the modern kitchen. The run of stylish grey lower cupboards are streamlined and minimal to maximise the space. Above, white metro tiles and an open shelf keep the look open and airy.

MC Stone Kitchens
Wall lights
Urban Cottage Industries

3/11 Kitchen leading to garden

modern white kitchen with grey french doors

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Striking Crittall-style doors open out on to the garden patio and pick out the on-trend cabinetry. A kitchen island wrapped in Carrara marble separates the cooking and dining areas and adds a luxurious touch to the space.

Similar marble worktop
The Marble Store

4/11 Dining area

dining room with wooden dining table

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By extending the side return of the property, the couple were able to create a kitchen diner  that works for family life with their children. Cool geometric tiles are stylish and decorative and pops of colour give the space a lift.

The Conran Shop

5/11 Living room

room with books shelves and fireplace

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Key original elements, such as a ceiling rose in the living room, remained and the owners sourced a fireplace surround in the classic Victorian style to match. However, there are plenty of contemporary additions too, such as the cool grey palette and Eames rocking chair. Parquet flooring is warm and can be updated with dramatic rugs.

The Conran Shop

6/11 Hallway

hallway wit h stairs and white walls

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The pale and simple hallway is striking thanks to the stand-out bespoke wooden staircase carved from smooth blonde wood.

Similar bespoke staircase
Neville Johnson

7/11 Bedroom

modern bedroom with blush pink walls

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The owners commissioned a full-width rear dormer extension, which houses a new guest suite with shower room plus storage. The delicate blush paint shade contrasts with the rough textured brickwork.

Pink Ground, Farrow & Ball
Wall lights
Original BTC

8/11 Ensuite bathroom

modern and compact bathroom with grey sliding door

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A small en-suite bathroom keeps the guest floor self contained and is fitted with modern yet compact furniture.  A sliding door is a practical solution to restricted space.

Similar vanity unit

9/11 Nursery

modern white nursery with grey painted cot

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Decorating the nursery in neutral shades means the scheme will last. A grey painted cot and geometric rug is calming and modern.

Blackened and Pavillion Grey, Farrow and Ball
Similar cot

10/11 Children’s bedroom

modern children's room with diamond motif wallpaper

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The striking wallpaper in the owners son's room is used on just one wall so it doesn't overwhelm the room. 'By the time my son is five or six he'll probably need a new look' explains the owner' but the key piece in his bedroom is a zingy wallpaper, which is a fairly straight forward style switch'.

Ferm Living
Coloured lights
Cable & Cotton

11/11 Bathroom

modern white bathroom with turquoise tiled floor

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Much like the rest of the house the family bathroom has an all white backdrop with one stand out piece, which in this case are the refreshing turquoise floor tiles with a geometric pattern. Above the bath, a framed poster with Mediterranean traits picks out the strong colour and ties the room scheme together. 'When we first saw the (house) interior, it was overwhelmingly dark.' says the owner 'It's hard to believe it's the same place now'.

Marrakech Design


Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.