Given the chance when renovating a property, I will always choose to remove as many internal walls as possible to create a much preferred open-plan, free-flowing living space. That said, I decided to buck the trend with the a recent project by maintaining a beautiful vaulted sitting room as a contained space. We’ve taken a dark and lightless space and injected lots of contrasting designs, fun colours and light to completely transform it.
The main issue with the space was a lack of natural daylight, compounded by some very dark original beams – we tackled this straight away by turning one of the smallish original windows into French doors giving easy access out to the garden. We also opted to lime the beams and paint the whole space in a Farrow & Ball favourite Shaded White.
The ceiling – the centre point of the room – has been adorned with a majestic twelve arm chandelier and this draws the eye towards the stunning height of the room. The fireplace was painted white and a concrete mantlepiece was added to create some depth to the full height brick chimney and completed with a log burner. An element of fun is injected using Ralph Lauren striped wallpaper in the two alcoves and bespoke floating low-level cabinets constructed from MDF complete the elevation.
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A beautiful mid century sofa was the starting point in terms of furnishing the space, this space will be used as more of a formal, entertaining area so we went with something chic rather than squishy. The sleek lines of the sofa are matched by two easily recognisable Halabala chairs and a pretty little rogue chair that has endured many rounds of upholstery throughout its lifetime. The space is mainly accented with pops of gold and a concentrated colour pallet of grey, navy, mustard and bubblegum pink – this is grounded by a large heather toned rug.
We also imported some beautiful authentic French antiques from a dealer and artist in Menerbes, Provence. This beautiful hand-painted French cabinet has been lovingly restored and fits perfectly in that corner. You can see some more work by this wonderful artist on Layer here. We’ve dressed the cupboard with some beautiful Fornasetti plates, glassware and a few pops of colour.