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Bringing elegance back into a Victorian terrace


Who Phil & Ell
Where West Yorkshire
Budget £2,000 - £5,000
Package DIY Package

The living room of this Victorian terrace was home to lots of original features, hidden behind years of old paint and built in furniture.

The room was crying our for a layout change to make the space more versatile, and the client was keen to highlight some of the Victorian features.

By rearranging the layout of the room, we were able to open up the space, creating a more welcoming first impression as you enter the home.

We relocated the radiator, allowing the TV to be housed in new solid oak furniture units which fitted naturally into the large alcove space. Boxing the TV in in this manner allows you to create visual interest around the telly so when it isn’t switched on, it doesn’t dominate the space.

The old paint was stripped away from the ceiling rose to reveal the intricate detail underneath and we highlighted the detail of the cornicing in the same colour as the walls.

The sofas were replaced with a dark brown leather sofa and snuggler and teamed with an existing vintage wooden chair by Birchcraft of High Wycombe, which had been previously restored and reupholstered to give a fresh, modern look.

The existing oak coffee table was positioned in the middle of the room and a black and white cow-hide rug adds a striking statement and reduces the feeling of too much oak.

"Rearranging the space has made the room feel so much bigger. We love the finished look."