Room Tour: Jewel Tones and Moroccan Touches in a Converted Loft
A hitch-free five-month project transformed empty roof space into a luxurious suite, inspired by a painting
The space had to encapsulate the owner’s passions and personality. “She loves collecting vintage pieces and Moroccan rugs,” Yoko says, “so the brief was to capture the essence of her aesthetic and to go bold.” The colour scheme itself was partly inspired by a painting that has particular meaning for the owner.
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Who lives here? A corporate lawyer and her two teenage sons
Location Ealing, west London
Property A Victorian terraced house across three floors
Room dimensions 50 sq m
Designer Yoko Kloeden of Yoko Kloeden Design
Contractor Canyon Design & Build
Project year 2022
Photos by Anna Stathaki
The bedroom is decorated in rich blue and berry tones. It was inspired by Diego Velázquez’s The Rokeby Venus, which hangs in The National Gallery. “It’s a painting that’s incredibly meaningful for the owner,” Yoko says.
The painting became a muse for the room’s colour story. Yoko and her team were determined to find just the right raspberry velvet for the headboard to perfectly match the red curtain in the painting. “We sourced dozens of cotton velvet samples to find ‘the one’,” Yoko explains.
Ice Berry velvet (on headboard), Kirkby Design.
The owner’s vintage cabinets flank the bed. Hand-blown glass pendants hang above them from cord flex arranged to accommodate the sloping ceiling.
Yoko incorporated storage along the far wall, including open shelves and wardrobes. “Storage built into the eaves contains all the hanging space,” she says.
Walls and woodwork painted in Hicks’ Blue, Little Greene. Glass pendant lights, Rothschild & Bickers.
The work was completed in a speedy five months. “This was the most smooth-running project ever,” Yoko says. “The client was the only decision-maker and knew exactly what she wanted. She lives near the builder, who had done a lot of work in the area, so there was trust there, too. It went perfectly and she is very happy with the finished space.”
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The owner collects vintage furniture and this cane chair and rug, which already belonged to her, fit perfectly in the space.
The vanity unit was designed and made by Yoko from MDF, and then finished with microcement.
Concrete basin, The Cast Iron Bath Company. Taps, Crosswater. Wall light, Curiouser.
The owner was absolutely delighted with the result, as she explains in the glowing review she left on Houzz: “I never imagined that working with designers would pay off so handsomely. I am delighted with the results and I know I couldn’t have achieved it without them.”
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