Houzz Tour: Fresh Colour Breathes Life into a Victorian Semi
Blues from aqua and teal to almost black run through this home, giving it cohesion and bags of style
A ground floor rear extension was already well underway, creating space for a large, open-plan kitchen-diner, but with a young family to look after and endless decisions and timeframes to manage, the couple soon felt overwhelmed and knew they needed some professional guidance.
Who lives here? A young professional couple with three children
Location Beckenham, Kent
Property A Victorian semi-detached house
Size Five bedrooms and two bathrooms
Designer Clare Altarafi of Clare Elise Interiors
Photos by Chris Snook
The couple fell in love with the Victorian property’s well-proportioned rooms and period details and were keen to include these in their extensive update. “The plan was to totally refurb the ground and first floors, as they were rather battered and bruised,” Clare says. “Also, they wanted to make best use of the new extension and integrate it into the adjacent living areas.”
The front living room was designated as a grown-up space. The owners love blue and teal shades, so Clare took the opportunity to add a deep, restful blue to the walls.
Walls painted in Inchyra Blue, Farrow & Ball. Chair, Dunelm. Rug, Floor Story. Pendant light, West Elm.
“We were keen to bring in some playfulness, but retain the classic elements in keeping with the period of the house,” she says.
In the formal living room, a coral pink sofa with sumptuous button detailing exudes luxury and is flanked by furniture with warm brass details. A landscape painting in pastel shades subtly links the rooms colours together.
Coral sofa, Love Your Home. Table lamp, Pooky. Side table, West Elm.
Built-in storage in the alcove and louvred shutters on the windows help to keep the look neat and clutter-free. The striking, multi-armed pendant light picks up on the warm wood tones and rich gold touches.
Mirror, West Elm. Log basket, H&M Home. Marble fireplace surround, Casa Fireplace Shop.
Armchair; grey sofa; loveseat, all Love Your Home. Rug, West Elm.
The deep blue-black joinery highlights the treasured items on display. Thanks to the simple panelled door fronts and mouldings, it also fills the large space with character without being overpowering.
Units, Build Up City Construction; painted in Basalt, Little Greene.
Table and bench, Adventures in Furniture. Wall lights, Fritz Fryer. Walls painted in Loft White, Little Greene.
Clare sprayed the spindle-back dining chairs the same deep blue-black shade as the fitted storage in the adjacent family living area.
Chairs, Kent & London. Mixer tap, Quooker.
The island’s base units were painted in the same shade as the living area’s fitted storage for continuity and flow, while a row of barstools with a trio of glass globe pendant lights above adds drama and personality.
Kartell Masters bar stools, Barker and Stonehouse. Pendant lights, Fritz Fryer.
Desk; artwork, both John Lewis & Partners. Chair, Cult Furniture.
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Encaustic floor tiles were added for their bold pattern and a nod to period style. “The owners were rather nervous of how practical these encaustic cement floor tiles would be,” Clare says, “but with five coats of sealant, they perform perfectly.”
Floor tiles, London Encaustic. Units, Amazing Spaces Kitchens & Interiors.
Clare suggested a warm colour combination of blush pink and grey and paired it with smart chrome brassware and white sanitaryware for a fresh look.
Wall tiles, Topps Tiles. Wall painted in Calamine, Farrow & Ball. Mirror, Dunelm. Basin, Burlington. Pocket door, Howdens.
Engineered wood flooring, Havwoods. Walls painted in Long Acre, Mylands. Stair runner, Alternative Flooring.
Fitted storage makes good use of an alcove, while a narrow console table sits beneath the window to provide an extra surface without being bulky.
Wardrobes, Build Up City Construction. Walls painted in Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball. Pendant Light, Made. Floor Lamp, TK Maxx.
Table lamps, Pooky. Artwork, The Abstract Blonde. Throw, La Redoute. Cushions, Habitat.
A back-to-wall toilet and a basin with washstand help to keep a light, spacious feel, while deep blue walls add definition.
Shower enclosure, Bathroom Discount Centre. Shutters, Shutterly Fabulous. Floor tiles, London Encaustic.
Wall tiles, European Heritage. Walls painted in Juniper Ash, Little Greene. Wall lights, Fritz Fryer. Basin, Burlington.
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