Phase 3: the living room
features: cast concrete fire surround with wood detailing, stained piranha pine box shelving, dark stained flooring, double sliding curtain rail, danish rosewood sideboard, architectural light shade, handmade radiator covers.
We chose to use an organic and muted colour range complimented by the use of dark stained material (including the floor), textures and subtle tonal changes to create an intimate room with a quiet aspect.
Elevating a Victorian living room can be a difficult proposition as they generally come wrapped with period features which are often wonderful, but sometimes dominate too much to allow scope for change. (plus the Victorians didn't always get it right design-wise, when you consider that many houses were assembled from stock catalogues). The main feature in the room at the time was a vast Carrera marble fireplace. It was very large and ill proportioned for the room, dominating and making the room feel cold. We didn't wish to strip the 'old' from the room, however the owner had wanted to be able to stamp their authority on the place as this was going to be the family home for a good while. It was decided that the fireplace should be dismantled and sold on, after all, houses are for living in! It was finally taken to Faringdon were it was sold to an architectural antiques company (which paradoxically we often use to find period pieces). We promptly got to work on a fireplace design, and hand cast a simple white polished concrete piece with stained wood mantle. From this we built the room and as a consequence, the study room which adjoined the lounge. A large L shaped grey corner sofa provides flexible seating. The vintage Danish rosewood sideboard from our lovely friends at The Modern Warehouse sits on the back wall against striking wallpaper.
Opposite, on either side of the chimney breast, there is a configuration of dark stained display boxes of differing sizes. They are like a sliding rule - each pair amounts to the same space, separated by the chimney breast. We used the wallpaper at the backs to