With its neutral, tranquil colour palette, clever use of space and sophisticated joinery, this Paddington terrace was overhauled by The Designory recently, with superb results. “The idea was to create a comfortable family home with an existing small terrace – a modern extension was approved to the rear. But as the front of the house was existing, the intent was to mix old and new features together while incorporating the clients’ love of colour throughout,” says The Designory’s head of design services Margo Reed.
“As the property is a Victorian terrace we kept the original beautiful detailing such as picture rails, detailed architraves, cornices and the existing coloured windows to the front. We proposed a classic palette of black and white which offered the perfect base for contemporary colours to be added,” says Margo.
The Designory were also tasked with creating family spaces that can adapt as the owner’s children grow. “I particularly love the different uses the front room offers. Currently it’s used as the kids’ play room opening onto the living room however the storage joinery that runs along the front wall has a pull-out desk feature which easily turns the space into a study looking onto the tree lined street when they need to work from home,” says Margo.
The home is also big on texture and detail with herringbone tiles in the family bathroom and detailed mouldings on the wardrobes, that reference the home’s heritage and impart a homely vibe throughout.
“The detailed features were paired back for a more modern day feel by adding finishes such as engineered oak flooring, crisp whites, two-pack poly finishes and modern architectural lighting,” says Margo.
The family includes two small children whose shared room is particularly sweet – we love the gender neutral colour palette of aqua, grey and emerald green.
Photography: Tom Ferguson
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