The living room was the first space this busy couple tackled, after taking on the renovation of a one-bedroom flat in North London. ‘We chose it because we both have demanding jobs and needed a place to unwind at the end of the day,’ says the owner. ‘And we were excited at the chance to showcase the furniture and things we’d collected over the years!’
The worst part was the floor, which had been stained a dark orangey brown and had thick, shiny varnish. Stripping the boards and waxing them in a light grey instantly made the room look bigger. Building shelving also maximised the space, and created storage. ‘We opted for bespoke shutters for privacy without blocking out light,’ he adds.
Simple shutters are great solution for unusual shapes, such as these arched windows, especially because they don’t cover or detract from them. ‘The walls were sky blue and muddy magnolia before, which made the room look lifeless,’ says the owner. ‘I wanted to create some energy and impact, so opted for two walls in dark blue and two in soft grey for contrast
A mid-century-style sofa has clean lines that don’t over-complicate the scheme, for a smart, simple look. ‘We think it’s best not to be afraid to go for a modern vibe in a period property,’ says the owner. Painting the fire surround in the same colour as the chimney breast wall gives the Victorian fireplace a more contemporary feel and simplifies the scheme for a clean, unfussy finish.
This corner was the perfect place for a leather chair we’d bought years ago,’ says the owner. ‘It’s next to the window and is a bright spot for coffee and the papers in the morning.’ The owners thought the dark blue walls would contrast well with bright accessories. ‘We also have a large collection of books and a dark backdrop makes the sleeves stand out.’