A five-bedroom Victorian terrace in west London. It features a living room, kitchen-diner/family room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (one en suite), dressing room and two bathrooms. Before visitors even set foot in this eclectic home, it's clear the owner possesses a great sense of humour and an obsession with colour. Owner of a pink car and lilac front door with matching wheelie bin, the owner adores bold hues and this vibrant home is a paean to the rainbow. As the property is in a conservation area, there were limitations on the work that could be carried out. To increase the feeling of space, the floor to ceiling heights were raised and an upper terrace installed, while rooms were moved around to get the most from them.
The owner's anti-minimalist mantra comes into full force in this strikingly exuberant hallway. A rich palette of burnt orange and hot pink sings out against the sunset yellow backdrop. Taking heaps of inspiration from North Africa and the Mediterranean, this colourful flamboyant space is anything but dull.
Glass candleholders in bold, brazen colours and a mix of materials create a rich, opulent feel in this traditional hallway. Use lots of jewel shades and hot colours to infuse the space with warmth and vibrancy, all making for an inviting and welcoming entrance.
4/9 Living room
This bright and beautiful living room has sunny yellow walls and splashes of vibrant pink on the furnishings. When planning and designing your living room think about what colours you respond to. If you instantly feel joyful and happy around strong pinks, warm yellows, lilacs and oranges, then your home should pulsate with all these hues. Start with an empty mantelpiece and then build upon it with items until the eye is drawn everywhere and you don't know where to look.
5/9 Hallway with seating
This hallway dares to be, well, daring with a vibrant shot of hot pink colour. Take one colour and use it in many incarnations to create a scheme that really packs a punch. Less risky than bold artwork, upholstery or flooring, a roll of wallpaper is relatively cheap, easy to hang (and change) and a quick way to give a scheme pattern, colour and style.
One area of the house that reflects the owner's joie de vivre is the basement kitchen. A statement kitchen involves stepping outside the ordinary to create a striking, memorable and characterful space. A strong pink and blue colour scheme brings the painted wood units in this traditional kitchen to life. Consider playing with texture and materials for a look that is completely bespoke to you.
Similar Moroccan ceiling light
7/9 Main bedroom
Elsewhere, the property is equally exuberant. The sense of fun is infectious in this colourful home and the bedroom is no exception. Zesty green wallpaper, alongside white shutters and an iron bed, evokes a lively look in this modern bedroom.
This all-white bathroom is in striking contrast to the rest of the decor. With white wall and floor tiles and a large wall mirror, the look is kept fresh and simple. Mirrors have been used along adjacent walls to create the illusion of increased space in this compact scheme.
9/9 Garden terrace
In the summer months, this garden terrace is used as an extension of the house. Swap traditional recliners for a large garden seating area. This decking has been warmed up with clever planting and colourful cushions - perfect for a relaxed evening with friends.
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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.
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