Room Tour: A Dated Hallway Becomes a Bright, Inviting Space
Removing the 1970s faux-Tudor panelling was the key to freshening and visually expanding this dark entrance
Who lives here? A family with two young boys
Location Richmond, south-west London
Property A 1930s house with five bedrooms and three bathrooms
Room dimensions Hallway, 2.5m x 6m; cloakroom, 1m x 1.9m
Designer Yoko Kloeden of Yoko Kloeden Design
Photos by Brent Darby
The original hallway in this 1930s house felt dark and heavy. “The client didn’t like the 1970s mock-Tudor wall panelling or the carpets, but didn’t know what to do,” Yoko says. “It was a fairly open brief and we were asked to suggest anything we felt was right for them.”
“The lime-based paint gives a mottled and chalky texture,” Yoko says. “It creates depth and adds a shadowy effect.”
Beneath the carpet was unattractive and draughty timber. “The client wanted to insulate under the floor, so we changed to [brushed and oiled] engineered oak flooring throughout the ground floor,” Yoko says. “We chose a herringbone pattern to draw the eye into the rooms beyond.”
Walls painted in Palladio, Kalklitir.
“As the colour palette was monochrome, we needed lots of texture,” Yoko says. “The console is stained mango wood with a marble top and powder-coated steel legs. The bench is for the children to put on their shoes.”
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“As the client was replacing all the leaded windows in the house to upgrade to double-glazing, we suggested keeping this one,” Yoko says. “It’s nice to have something in the house that reminds you of what it used to be like.”
Walls painted in Antique Rose, Kalklitir. Pendant light, Pooky.
“We started and finished the project between the first and second lockdowns,” she adds. “The clients spent Christmas 2020 in their newly refurbished house and were very happy.”
Zellige tiles, Emery & Cie. Sanitaryware, Perrin & Rowe.
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