Take a tour of this smart tenement flat

Like Scandi-style? Take a look around this stunning Victorian tenement flat decorated with a striking monochrome colour scheme. Chosen by Ideal Home. Find more house tours at housetohome.co.uk

This one-bedroom Victorian tenement flat in Edinburgh has been given a distinctive new look with bags of style and character.

1/12 Exterior


(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

2/12 Living room

Living room with white walls and grey sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The smart living room sets the tone for the rest of the flat, with its simple white-painted walls, sleek Scandi-style furniture and distinctive black and white colour scheme.

The owners have introduced small splashes of colour in prints and accessories to add a touch of character to the monochrome look.

Barbican sofa
John Lewis

3/12 Living room easy chair

Living room with easy chair and white walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

A favourite Conran-designed chair takes a prime spot between the cosy woodburner and the window with its views over a park.

Scandi-style geometric rug, cushion and throw complete the modern decor. 

For a similar chair, try the Ranch armchair
Blue Sun Tree

Cross blanket
Story North

4/12 Library corner

Library corner

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The owners have mixed high-street buys with vintage finds to give their home a thoroughly modern look.

Flat-pack units have been used to create a wall of shelving.

Stockholm bookcases

Clip-on light
Bodie and Fou

5/12 Living room stove

Living room with stove and white walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

Instead of a traditional fireplace, the owners have opted for a neat woodburning stove. It gives out plenty of heat and fits in with the simple scheme.

Woodburning stove

The Calm Gallery

6/12 Kitchen-diner

Kitchen diner with table and chair with turqoise fridge

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The owners moved the kitchen to the front of the flat to create a light and bright space with plenty of room for a dining table and chairs, as well as a large American-style fridge-freezer.

Smeg fridge
B&Q Appliances

White rabbit lamp
Bodie and Fou

7/12 Kitchen units

Kitchen with white cabinets and metro tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The owners kept costs down by choosing simple white kitchen units rather than a pricey bespoke design.

Classic wooden worktops warm up all the white.

Gloss White integrated handle kitchen

Smeg built-in gas hob
B&Q Appliances

8/12 Dining space

Dining space with wooden table and bench

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The old wooden dining table provides a lovely contrast to the white bench and modern Eames chairs.

Sigurd bench

Eames chairs
The Conran Shop

9/12 Kitchen doorway

Kitchen with white cabinets and sink unit

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

Scandi artwork and accessories on walls and shelves add a quirky touch in the kitchen.

The tree-design wallpaper glimpsed through the doors leads the eye into the hallway.

Cole & Son Woods wallpaper
John Lewis

Moon poster
Zanders and Sons

10/12 Monochrome bedroom

Kitchen with white cabinets and sink unit

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The bedroom is a peaceful monochrome haven, with just one cushion on the bed adding a hit of colour.

A sleek picture shelf helps to frame the bed.

Twist A Twill blanket
Hus & Hem

Hofdi cushion
Donna Wilson

11/12 Bedroom storage

Bedroom with white cabinet and dresser

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

An open-plan dressing area leading off from the bedroom frees the space of clutter.

The interior has been kitted out with rails and shelving so that there's plenty of wardrobe storage.

Stolmen wardrobe system

Mira rug
Zanders and Sons

12/12 Compact bathroom

bathroom with shower tub and white tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The main bathroom is a small space, so the owners have kept things simple with white walls, adding a hit of drama with a monochrome chevron-print shower curtain.

Chevron shower curtain


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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.