The Home Of Great Ideas For More Than 100 Years
Thank you for signing up to . You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
The owners bought this flat in 2013 and it’s their first home together as a couple. They loved the fact that, unusually for Scottish tenements, the attic was also incorporated into the property.
Check out our dedicated real homes channel for more house tours
‘We liked the dual character of the building – the spacious, high-ceilinged living areas downstairs and the cosier, sloping design in the bedrooms upstairs,’ says the owner.
The flat had been renovated, but cheaply, and the decor was bland. ‘The walls were all painted magnolia and the oatmeal carpets were looking tatty and tired,’ she says. Having stretched their budget to the limit to buy the flat, the couple have developed a style that looks high end, but didn’t cost the earth to create.
Buy now: similar wall light, Light up arrow sign, £16, Sainsbury's Home (opens in new tab)
Throughout the flat, they’ve stuck to a stripped-back, simple look but added a top layer of luxury with natural materials and glamorous touches of gold.
They didn’t get the look right first time, though. ‘We decorated quite a few of the rooms straightaway, using mainly grey with silver touches. Then we slowed down when it came to the kitchen and bathroom and realised that the rooms we’d completed earlier were not quite right, so we had to redo them.’
After coming up with a blush, grey and gold scheme for their wedding, they decided to roll out the idea at home, too, and they’ve stuck to it ever since. ‘Our friends laugh at our commitment to our colour palette, but they still adore our home and we love having visitors, so it’s a win-win situation,’ she adds.
The couple enjoyed the process so much, they’re even thinking of doing it all over again: ‘We love a project, so it’s tempting to think of moving – especially because we really want a garden!’
This house originally featured in Ideal Home, June 2018.
DIYer leaves drab kitchen unrecognisable with stylish pink and green scheme
Despite having to start all over again when painting the cabinets, she only spent £260
By Millie Hurst
DIY kitchen ideas – 16 savvy ways to refresh your look for under £50
Looking to update your kitchen space on a budget? These clever ideas and tips are worth checking out
By Tamara Kelly
New build garden ideas to fill a new outdoor space with colour and character
Stop your new build garden looking the same as your neighbours with smart planting and design ideas
By Jayne Dowle