Take a turn around this two-floor tenement flat inside a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh

The owners made design-savvy choices and got creative to give their flat a joined-up, grown-up look

living room with white themed sofa and shelves
(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

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.

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Living room

white themed living room

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

white living room grey curtains

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

white living room with grey theme

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

 ‘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.

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Kitchen with white and grey theme

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white wall kitchen with wooden table

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kitchen notes on wall

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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.

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white themed landing

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

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.


white themed bedroom

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

white themed bedroom with white drawer

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

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.’


white themed bathroom with grey window

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white bathroom design tiles

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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.


tenement flat Georgian townhouse Edinburgh

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

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.