Working with Victorian houses can produce a number of challenges.
Modern families require larger ground floor spaces that are flexible to suit all the families dining, socialising and entertaining needs. We are much less private, more intermingled than our Victorian equivalent.
We need a couple of TV’s on the ground floor alone so everyone can watch what they like, eat in kitchens as opposed to a small pantry and separate formal dining area and plenty of WC’s (one per floor) for make-up application, bathing, potty training, heat magazine etc. etc.
What Victorian houses do provide are some beautiful traditional details in terms of doors, fireplaces, floor tiles, balustrades and ceiling mouldings. These create a stunning individual backdrop for the design of the house but aren’t necessarily compatible with modern design techniques.
In this Townhouse in London we have tried to use modern construction methods but with an echo of the past.
In the living room and hallway we have used engineered parquet flooring. This has a chevron pattern that is not typically Victorian and is suitable for underfloor heating but still has a retro feel to it and adds a natural texture to the house.
We have added panelling to the living and dining room to give an even grander feel to the rooms and then modernised the panelling with retro light fittings from original BTC.
On the upper floors we have fitted traditional style radiators sprayed a funky gold colour and throughout are quirky brass wall lights and ironmongery to give an updated/ retro feel.
The kitchen is inevitably more contemporary with a minimal feel and stunning geometric clay tiles.
The Copper pendants add a fun industrial twist to the moody grey colour scheme and the bright coloured 60’s furniture classics provide another retro layer and a sense of fun.