Room Tour: A Stark Living Room is Warmed With Texture and Colour
A clever design eye helped to transform a white box into this inviting seating area and reading spot
The couple’s friends had found Josephine through Houzz for their renovation and passed on her details. Her brief was to warm up the space, and she used several design tricks to achieve her goal. “Adding colours and textures was a priority to make it cosy,” she says. “It’s now a room where they entertain, chill and have movie nights.”
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Who lives here? A family who, at the time of the renovation, had a toddler and a baby on the way
Location Strawberry Hill, south-west London
Property An Edwardian house
Room dimensions Around 30 sq m
Designer Josephine Lecouflé-Vinet of JLV Design
Project year 2020
Photos by Matt Gamble Photography
Josephine made no structural changes to the room and kept the white floor, but she used a number of design tricks to make it look and feel more inviting.
The choice of seating was also because the owner was about to give birth and wanted a chaise longue where she could rest and feed her baby.
“Additionally, it serves as a comfortable spot to read a book when sunlight streams through the shutters,” Josephine says.
Cushions, Gabrielle Paris, Caravane, and Kirane.
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“The couple wanted some colour in this room, so I sourced a turquoise corner sofa that complements the wall colour beautifully,” she says. “To balance the colours, I added a pink sofa.”
Walls painted in Pigeon, Farrow & Ball. Turquoise corner sofa, Camerich. Pink sofa (no longer available), Made.com.
“The chaise takes up space, so we opted for a light coffee table with a glass top that can also serve as a display and storage space for books and TV remotes,” Josephine says.
The unit in the corner is the original white one given a facelift. “For time and budget reasons, we painted the small cabinet to match the wall colour and added brass handles to coordinate with the table and mirror,” she says.
The owners have now placed a TV on this unit, but still have plenty of flowers and plants around. “They love plants and, because we were in between lockdowns [at the time], greenery was very important,” she says.
Coffee table, West Elm.
“For the seating area, I was searching for a rug with subdued colours that would complement the decor without being too overwhelming,” she says. “The geometric pattern contrasts nicely with the floral cushions, adding visual interest.
“For the other side of the room [see further down], I needed something neutral that would blend with the painted white floor,” she says. “The soft pattern gives a cloud-like effect.”
Living area rug, Graham & Green.
“I was looking for a real Victorian gilded mirror within the proportions of the fireplace and managed to find this,” she says. “Its simplicity and elegance add to this corner.”
She reinstated an ornate ceiling rose (see first photo) that’s very much in keeping with the era of the home. Because of this, she swapped the room’s glittery chandelier for a much simpler, pleated design.
“I sourced a plain lamp shade that wouldn’t overshadow the decorative ceiling rose,” she says. “Sometimes less is more.”
Large Le Klint 195 Donut pendant, Holloways of Ludlow. Antique mirror, Vinterior.
“I added wallpaper to make it feel more like a room than a passageway between the living area and kitchen,” Josephine says.
There’s a large bookcase (out of shot) to complete the cosy library feel.
Tourbillon wallpaper, Farrow & Ball. IC lamp, Flos. Rug, West Elm. Calvin armchair in Champagne Pink velvet and linen, Atkin and Thyme. Matchboxes collage, Andrew Malone.
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