A 1950s gas fire was replaced wit ha reclaimed fireplace that matched the house‘s age. This assisted make the room feel more homely. 'We chose a recovered fireplace as the detail is much sharper than reproduction models. The soft blue tulip tiles in the fire surround match the walls as well as stained glass in the windows.‘ From neglected shell to vibrant enjoyable space, this project is living proof that a defined hue palette with a bit of trust can go a long way.
Having rented a city apartment before moving, this couple were looking for a period home with high ceilings, as well as that‘s exactly what they found in this four bedroom Edwardian home. The living room was the first area to be renovated — ‘We wanted a place to retreat to when the rest of the house was still such a state.’ ’We needed a warm, elegant, grown‐up space we could use for entertaining. We ripped out the carpet linear away but, in winter, it felt quite cold.'
The couple already had a black‐leather‐sofa in-conjunction with decided to go for a neutral colour scheme. ‘After we decorated, the room felt bland with the black sofa seemed cold, so we added yellow with teals plus swarm blues in artwork, ornaments with cushions. Recently we replaced the black sofa with a new turquoise velvet Chesterfield, which was a brave move for us.‘ It was important to the couple that the seating be focused around talking to one another, rather than looking at the TV, so ’we placed the sofa along the long wall in-conjunction with the armchairs either side of the fireplace. The neutral backdrop needed a splash of colour to really bring it to life. ’The bold colour has enlivened the room, also we're so happy with how the space has turned out.‘
‘I wanted to decorate the room with subtle greys with soft textures to create a calm, neutral feel.’ By using a soft colour palette on the largest surfaces ‐ walls plus cabinetry – the couple gave the space a serene feeling. Accents that feature similar shades, such as the upholstered chair with deep‐pile rug – help to pull the look together. Dressing a mid–century chair with quirky accessories gives it a contemporary look that matches the scheme in the rest of the room. Co—ordinating bright accessories, such as the yellow radio with a yellow throw, add a pop of colour that give the room some added pizazz.
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