We’re staying in London this week but looking at two very different properties. One is modern and very Scandinavian in feel and has two patio gardens. It’s on the market with The Modern House for £1,175,000. The other is a similar price and is Victorian with a more traditional feel. Coming?
This first image shows you that all is not lost with a galley kitchen. Yes it’s compact but it’s been beautifully done and has an expensive feel. I don’t know if it’s real marble but it wouldn’t have to be. The spotty splashback tiles are great and bring an element of fun to the space.
I might have been tempted to be a little less tasteful with the pendant lamps – by which I mean something with a little more colour and drama. Or you could keep them white and add coloured flex for a more subtle touch. I’m always a fan of an open shelf though and while I suspect this has been tidied for the estate agent imagine using it as an indoor herb garden for both colour and scent.
The muted colours of this sitting room are so restful and not at all cold. Shades of grey with wood and pink will always work in my book and note how the rug is under the sofa which immediately creates a seating area that is distinct from the dining part.
I included this one for the colours – black, white and green – another classic combination that is both fresh and restful. And you could change this all the time with different throws and cushions depending in the time of year so it could be cosy in winter and light in summer.
Next up we’re crossing London to this five bedroom house in west London which is for sale for £1,850,000 with Kinleigh, Folkard and Hayward.
This is a great house but just because you have a lot of space doesn’t give you the right to waste it. The back half of this sitting room doesn’t seem to have a visible purchase. Now if you read guest blogger Amanda Lamb the other day you’ll remember that she said every room must be shown to have a purpose. This is just empty. I would put a couple of small chairs in, a rug to zone it and then either more books or music. That way it could be a quiet area that you could go to sit in and read the papers in the morning or perhaps have an early evening drink. Just make sure you use all the space you have.
I love this grey bedroom, which looks very like my own Pavilion Grey by Farrow & Ball but it’s softened by the pretty flowery chairs at the end of the bed. Green and grey is such a great combination. It’s both fresh and cosy depending on how dark you go with the grey. Note matching skirting boards and door frames and old school radiator which, as it’s cast iron and thing of (relative) beauty – doesn’t need to be painted to match the walls.
The kitchen is a great mix of marble, brick and wooden floors and looks like a proper working kitchen as opposed to something that has been created simply to look good. Like the first house it’s a galley layout although I think there is more room round the edges. One tip – if you want more colour or pattern but don’t want a rug in the food area then think about making a “rug” of tiles as they have done here. It just softens the overall look but is entirely practical.
Finishing with a final look at the sitting room. Dark bookshelves always look great and it makes a change from painting a feature wall. To tie it all together you could paint the skirting boards all the way round in the same dark which would tie the shelves in and anchor the space while not making it seem smaller as the walls are pale.
So modern or traditional this week? Which one is it to be?