12 May Entertaining in style
It’s no easy task turning a moderately sized three bedroom bungalow in Cambridgeshire into a spacious family home but for this couple who love to entertain but it had to be done. It was not only the size of the rooms 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. The rear aspect offered spectacular country views and it was the location that prompted the couple to buy this property.
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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. For the floor practical large format tiles from Porcelanosa were laid, their unpretentious design helps the eye travel making the room appear larger.
We chose a warm grey for all the walls and ceiling; Rolling Fog by Little Greene created a cosy nest. A single colour works well in the double height space which is open to the eaves and very bright with six roof lights. 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 and the couple’s collection of coloured glass displayed well against this backdrop. We picked Little Greene’s Silt, a darker colour, for the woodwork. This earthy palette relates the interior to the garden and countryside beyond.
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. Lime green bar stools add a strong colour statement; they’re comfortably upholstered, 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. They have a grounding effect and 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.
Cambridge News featured the project as did the monthly city living and country life magazine Cambridge. The client said:
‘The success of the redevelopment is … thanks in large part to interior designer Yasmin Chopin.’
‘Yasmin did a great job’.
Images: Aldanah photography.