Houzz Tour: A Creative Couple’s Quirky and Practical Surrey Flat
A cosy flat is given a clever makeover that combines practical storage solutions with original designer touches
Who lives here A creative couple – an artist and an animator
Location Virginia Water, Surrey
Property A flat in a period building
Size 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Designer Bhavin Taylor of Bhavin Taylor Design
The living room perfectly illustrates how Taylor combined streamlined practicality with something much more fun. White walls form a neutral backdrop for a gallery of art, while the Moroccan-style wallpaper on the ceiling brings character into the space.
“The ceiling is quite low, so I didn’t want it to be too oppressive,” explains Taylor. “I had to choose carefully.” The bold pattern is complemented by a muted colourway and the effect is striking, yet balanced.
The ceiling lights are simple LED rings that let the Moroccan design take centre stage.
Ceiling lights, John Lewis. Mandala wallpaper, Mockbee & Co. Hektar floor lamp, Ikea.
As the budget was tight, Taylor had to prioritise where he should splash out. The rocking chair, as well as the sofa and footstool (in the top photograph) were the clients’ own. “There was no need to change them,” says Taylor. “They add a warm, vintage feel to the flat.”
The dining table was moved from the living room, as the storage cupboards had taken the space. “But the table is easy to carry,” says Taylor. “So if the couple have guests over, they can move it back into the living room.” Extra chairs are scattered around the flat.
Kitchen units, Magnet. Table, Dwell. Chairs, Retro Furnish.
The bedside lamps have neutral shades and glass bases that allow the wallpaper pattern to come through. Two bedside tables with cut-out shelves keep the space clutter-free. The plain cushions on the bed pick out colours from the wall, while the navy ceiling light surrounds a copper interior, which gives the room a warm glow.
Wallpaper, House of Hackney. Table lamps, John Lewis. Bedside tables, Dwell. Ceiling light, Made.com.
The mirror is another item the couple already owned.
Dressing table, Ikea. Stool, Retro Furnish.
Mismatched, hexagonal tiles on the floor add character to the neutral space. Once again, Taylor chose a subtle colour to prevent the pattern overpowering the room.
In a small space, every millimetre counts, so the radiator with flat bars is a practical solution.
Floor tiles, Walls and Floors. Radiator, Towel Rads. Vanity unit, Bauhaus. Units, fixtures and fittings, Crosswater and Duravit.
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