After moving from a cramped London apartment to a five-bedroom Edwardian family home in Hampshire, the owners of this beautiful property were tasked with making the home their own.
Starting with a blank canvas and a desire to be brave with design, the homeowners enlisted the help of Slightly Quirky via home renovation and design platform Houzz. Led by creative directors Caroline and Deborah, Slightly Quirky is a design practice specialising in bold and personality-filled spaces, and the result is a colourful family home with plenty of storage solutions, all tied together with the homeowners’ favourite colour – blue.
The design started with the entrance and hallway, with a striking heritage blue used on the woodwork, from the skirting boards to the doors, throughout the home. ‘Your entranceway invites you into the home,’ says Caroline. ‘I think it should be exciting and kind of give you a bit of a teaser of what’s to come in the rest of the house.’
We also love the statement patterned floor tiles here, which continues the blue colour scheme in an intricate yet elegant way, whilst contrasting with the pared-back walls.
As it’s often the smallest room in the home, the cloakroom is a great space to be playful with design. ‘You can often get away with something quite bold in a cloakroom and we like to embrace the small proportions,’ Caroline explains. ‘We decided to paint the ceiling in the same colour as we’d used on the joinery and the woodwork throughout the hallway and then used a beautiful floral wallpaper to make the room pop.’
Moodboarding is an important process whether starting a small decorating project or a large scale renovation and, as blue is the homeowners’ favourite colour, it was the starting point for the kitchen, after being inspired by an image of a turquoise cooking space early on in planning.
The kitchen, a large open-plan room with bi-folding doors leading out to the garden, had felt quite dark, so to brighten the space cement-effect large format porcelain tiles were laid on the floor and bright white paint was used to freshen the walls, allowing the peacock blue in the kitchen to sing.
There’s plenty of space here, yet through the use of colour the designers have been able to zone the kitchen, dining and seating areas to create balance. The velvet red dining chairs contrasts with the peacock blue kitchen cabinets, while the Berber-style rug and storage units further frame the seating area.
Even the kitchen island is a multifunctional station, perfect for breakfast (the designers included space for two stools) and working from home, thanks to the integrated plug sockets to charge devices.
Sticking to the blue colour scheme, a rich blue hue was used to envelope the main living room from the skirting board to the ceiling, and even the curtains match. This is offset with mustard accents (hello yellow velvet sofa!) which pick up the warmer tones in the floor, plus brass details, including the floor lamp and mirror.
‘It’s quite a dark room so we decided to embrace that rather than trying to fight it,’ says Caroline. ‘As it was going to be mainly used in the evenings we wanted to make it really cosy.’
Directly across from the living room is an office and although this room needed to be set up as a workspace, the homeowners were keen for it to not feel like an actual office. The designers added joinery to create more storage, a space to display personal items, and painted the walls bright red – and it’s certainly dramatic. The rich red colour was inspired by stained glass in the front door and the heritage shade gives a nod to the property’s history.
‘Even though the brief was to be bold, we always had in mind that our choices needed to feel appropriate to the period of the house,’ says Caroline.
Another office which leads off from the family room doubles up as a playroom for the couple’s young daughter, and so creating storage for toys was key. As the room only features two high level windows, it had previously felt quite dark, but building large cupboards in the alcoves beneath the windows helped to funnel light into the room and brighten up the space.
Mirroring the peacock kitchen cabinets, a turquoise shade was used on the joinery, woodwork and continued up to a three-quarter point on the wall. ‘There wasn’t a dado rail or picture rail in there, but actually by taking the paint to that level it kind of gives that illusion, and so it gives a bit of a heritage feel, but in a more modern way,’ Caroline explains.
And when it came to the main bedroom, a redesign was needed as the previous layout was inadequate. The team decided to flip the room around and added a large walk-in shower to replace the old corner unit. Again, storage was a key consideration, so the designers built out the wall to incorporate a large recessed cabinet, a niche in the shower for bottles, as well as to hide all the valves from the shower. The vibrant turquoise scalloped tiles adds lots of personality.
One of our favourite design features is across all the bedrooms, where the designers painted the inside of the doors in a contrasting colour to the deep blue used on the outside, which was particularly effective in the uplifting yellow nursery.
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