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Open House: A weatherboard-clad 1960s house in Kent

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  • Faced with a featureless space, the owner of this 1960s house used colour and statement pieces to transform it into something quite special. The exterior, once a red panelled eyesore is now an elegant, weatherboard clad beauty.

    The hallway sets the tone for the rest of the house. Shabby chic mirror, 1970s umbrella stand, parquet flooring and a vintage ottoman with camouflage print lid are bold choices that really work!

    In this semi open plan space, concealed sliding interior doors allow the living and dining rooms to be closed off if needs be, to create separate living rooms. Dark grey walls are decorated with colourful vintage plates and art works to add pops of contrasting colour.

    In the sitting room a cool den has been created. A large sectional sofa and a pair of vintage matching armchairs are strewn with an assortment of bright cushions, while the walls are kept white to emphasis the statement pieces.

    A purpose built shelving display unit makes an eye-catching feature, and is just the thing for showing off the home owner’s vintage finds, knick-knacks and books.

    In the main bedroom, bespoke shelving on either side of the bed acts as an alternative to bedside cabinets. Shallow picture ledges are a clever way to display pieces of art that can be switched and swapped with ease. Mismatched floral bedding completes the look.

    Why stick with one colour, when three, four or even five could work so much better? Here bars stools in primary colours, a snazzy composite kitchen worktop and vintage rose tea set happily rub shoulders without appearing to clash.

    Contemporary, antique and second hand furnishings and accessories come together as a harmonious whole in this space. The owner’s magpie approach to curating an eclectic home has paid off because she cherishes every piece.

    Even the bathroom isn’t overlooked. Reflective mirror wall times, water-effect flooring and a collection of blue glass vases transform an ordinary space into something with oodles of wow!

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