When interior designer Alex Coomer and her husband, Steve, bought their Victorian town house in west London three years ago they wanted to modernise it straight away. ‘It was dark, dreary and dated when we moved in,’ says Alex. Their previous home had been decorated quite traditionally so Alex was keen to do something different. ‘I wanted to create a contemporary family home but still be sensitive to the house’s period features.’
First they opened up the back of the house, installed glass concertina windows and added a glass domed roof. Once all the rooms had been reallocated and opened up, they began decorating in neutral tones. It was only when it was finished, did Alex realised how monotone it was all looking, so she began adding colour. ‘With every room I decorated, I gradually gained more confidence with colour,’ she says.
Alex’s bright green glass splashback makes a stunning statement in her kitchen. She has accentuated the green with accessories in the same colour. By keeping the rest of the room neutral, the green has maximum impact.
Alex has stuck with traditional style in her living room, but used a contemporary colour scheme. ‘I played with texture using soft tactile fabrics, and choose a modern palette of dove gray, aqua and aubergine,’ says says. Alex’s Eero Saarinen Arco lamp gives the room some wow factor. She has added colour and warmth with a stripy footstool.
Below: Dining room
Alex was aware that the bathroom could look cold, so she tiled the basin area with a glamorous mother of pearl mosaic tile. She softened the room by choosing key bold furnishings with luxurious curves. The elegant side table mimics the bath’s curved shape.
Alex chose an aubergine and silver floral wallpaper from Osborne & Little as an impressive backdrop for the walnut sleigh bed in her bedroom. Alex picked aubergine as her main colour and used it on the throw and cushions. It create a unique and inviting place in which to relax and unwind…
Words by Victoria Metcalf Styling and Feature by STYLE NV
Photos by Rachael Smith
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Emily Peck, Editor
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