12 May Entertaining in style
It’s no easy task turning a moderately sized three bedroom bungalow into a spacious family home but for this couple, who love to entertain, it just had to be done. It was not only the size of the bungalow but the layout that caused problems; the living room and kitchen were at the front, overlooking the road, and the bedrooms were at the back with no access to the large garden that has spectacular views over the Cambridgeshire countryside.
A new extension at the rear created an open plan room with kitchen, dining area and lounge. It is far from being the average rectangular box. Physical movement through the space was aided by running large format tiles from Porcelanosa throughout. This helps the eye travel and makes the room appear even larger.
We chose a warm grey for all the walls and ceiling; a single colour works in the double height space which is open to the eaves and very bright with six roof lights. Warm and welcoming Rolling Fog by Little Greene created a cosy nest. The alternative, white, was mooted by the client but I considered it would make the space feel blindingly stark. They were happy to go with the warmer neutral, the couple’s collection of coloured glass displayed well against this backdrop. And we picked Little Greene’s Silt, a darker colour, for the woodwork. The earthy palette links the interior space with the outdoors.
Sanderson wallpaper, Dandelion Clocks from the Options 10 range, was favoured by the client and I used this as a feature in the dining area. The three existing dining chairs were recovered in matching fabric and the seating was boosted by the addition of a long wooden bench.
The kitchen peninsular unit ends with a chunky breakfast bar, a great place to congregate and a perfect serving area for canapés or cakes when a party is in full swing. Bar stools add a strong colour statement, we picked lime green from the Sanderson pattern; they’re comfortably upholstered making them easy perches for eating, working or relaxing with a coffee.
When the TV is on it can be seen from all points in the room and in this area symmetry plays an important role in achieving calm. Two sofas sit opposite each other to facilitate good conversation. They are different in tone but similarly substantial and thus have a grounding effect; the area will be further enhanced by the addition of a large rug.
My clients were relieved to get out of the chaos of building and decorating to enjoy the uplifting ambience in this family room.
Image credit: Aldanah photography.