Take a tour of this West London new-build

The owner, who runs a care-home business, bought his five-bedroom, new-build property in 2007. His busy job meant he didn't have lots of time to decorate so he enlisted the help of an interior design company to furnish and style the house. They included lots of abstract artwork and magnolia for a sleek and minimal look.

The owner, who runs a care-home business, bought his five-bedroom, new-build property in 2007. His busy job meant he didn't have lots of time to decorate so he enlisted the help of an interior design company to furnish and style the house. They included lots of abstract artwork and magnolia for a sleek and minimal look.

A year later the owner met his wife, a bank manager, and they lived with the existing decor for four years until it started to look a little tired. 'As we had also started a family, it felt like the right time for a change,' say the owners. 'We couldn't wait to redecorate and put our own stamp on the place to suit us and our new family.' They now share their home with their three children.

The priority was to create smart spaces where the owners could relax and unwind, but these also needed to be child-friendly and practical. The most successful room transformations were the kitchen-diner and the living room, which is now used on a daily basis (previously the owners had to watch TV in the children's play room).

Exterior

house exterior with brick wall and white window

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Each room is now warm and welcoming with a mixture of sophisticated tones in the grown-up spaces and bursts of colour in the children's rooms.

Hallway

hallway with grey wall and stair case with tiles floor

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A slim storage unit keeps shoes hidden away and fits neatly behind the door in the smart hallway, while coat hooks are tucked away behind the staircase. The owners have used this space as a handy perch for post and added a decorative touch with picture frames. Country green paint and wallpaper create a welcoming feel in the open-plan space.

Storage unit
Ikea (opens in new tab)

Living room

living are with grey wall and sofa with coffee table

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Dark grey walls and luxurious curtains create a cosy cocoon of a living room. The owners replaced an uncomfortable low sofa with a sumptuous grey design and chose warm wood funriture with rounded edges - the best option with young children around. 'We were eager to create a glam, sophisticated feel in the living room so we could start enjoying it as a family and also have it as a space that we could relax in after the children had gone to bed.'

Sofa and armchair
DFS (opens in new tab)
Plummett grey paint
Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab)

Kitchen dining area

kitchen and dining area with white wall and glass door and dining table and chairs

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In the kitchen-dining area the owners replaced a black glass dining table with a more practical child-friendly wooden one and added comfy check seat pads to the chairs to soften the look. The white painted dining suite helps to counterbalance the plain wood kitchen cabinets, making the dining area a distinctive zone. 'The Campbell's soup prints add a splash of colour and give the kitchen a laid-back vibe.'

Table and chairs
John Lewis (opens in new tab)

Main bedroom

bedroom with grey headboard and wallpaper wall

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The main bedroom originally had a very low bed with very little storage and it was swapped for this luxurious version with its impressive upholstered and buttoned headboard. A trellis-design wallpaper lines the wall behind the bed, which has been placed centrally between the two windows. Pewter-finish lamp bases add an understated feel. The warm grey and white colour palette is naturally restful.

Wallpaper
Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab)
Bed
Feather & Black (opens in new tab)

Main bedroom storage

room with grey wall and white chest and floor mirror and white window with blinds

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The bedroom colour scheme is instrumental in creating a calm and restful feel. Gentle neutrals on walls, flooring and soft furnishings are broken up with lighter storage. A chest of drawers placed under the window gives the impression of an extended sill, perfect for displaying family photographs. 'White furniture and minimal clutter keep our bedroom feeling light and airy,' say the owners. 'We love to retreat here at the end of the day.'

Similar chest of drawers
New England Lifestyle (opens in new tab)
Similar mirror
The French Bedroom Company (opens in new tab)

Child's bedroom

childrens room with white wall and blue bed and white chest

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While the family spaces tend to be neutral in this home, the children's rooms are more colourful. 'I wasn't sure about mixing blue with pink in this room at first,' says the owner, 'but I love it now.' The two colours bring fun and gusto to the white backdrop and appear in all sorts of unexpected places, such as on a lantern, wastepaper basket and photo frame. Think about painting a pine bed an unusual colour for a fun, bright and personal solution.

Blind fabric
Clarke & Clarke (opens in new tab)
Similar bed (unpainted)
The Cotswold Co (opens in new tab)

Child's bedroom storage

childs room with white wardrobe and mirror and white wall and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Oliver Gordon)

Bathroom

bathroom with bathtub and shower with white wall

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The bathroom is the perfect compact space and includes a shower that has been built into a false wall behind the bath. Large-format tiles in muted neutral shades line the shower, floor and splashback, while double basins have been housed in smart built-in, granite-topped vanity units that supply ample storage for the whole family. Keeping walls above dado height plain and white has helped to lighten up the space.