Room Tour: Colour Packs a Punch in a Sociable Broken-plan Space
Bright walls and fun accents add personality to a couple’s seaside home
The owners found Beth by using the Houzz Concierge service and hired her to redesign their whole house. “I’d signed up two weeks before and it went really smoothly,” she says. The bright, bold kitchen-diner and living space below sets the tone for the rest of the home.
Who lives here? A couple
Location Whitstable, Kent
Property A three-bedroom new-build house
Room dimensions Kitchen: 29.2 sq m; dining area: 20.4 sq m;
snug: 21.9 sq m
Designer Beth Grace of Start With Art Interiors
Photos by Christopher Chung
“The kitchen was one of the first things I designed for the home,” Beth says. “It was already fitted, so we gave it a facelift. Budget-wise, we didn’t want to change the dark quartz worktop, so we complemented it with a soft, muted blue on the cabinets.”
The dark flooring was also already in place, so Beth added industrial bar stools with rich leather seats to tie in with the wood. The dark tones were then lifted with vivid accents. “I added a core palette of bold shades throughout the entire property and chose a few of those colours for the kitchen,” she says.
Cabinets painted in Carbon Blue, Fired Earth.
A mirrored black splashback above the new range cooker complements the worktops, and Beth changed all the switches, taps and handles to matt black for a consistent look.
Pendants, Wayfair. Bar stools, Cult Furniture.
The floor lamp in the corner was a lucky find. “It was one of the first things we sourced and goes perfectly with the chair colours,” she says.
Floor lamp, Lights.co.uk. Yellow rug, Iamfy.
Dining room walls painted in A Day by the Sea (wall with opening) and Tempest; snug walls painted in Hummingbird; all Fired Earth.
“We wanted to make it more communal, so we positioned more chairs [see last photo] and a sofa towards the centre,” she says.
The low TV cabinet adds an extra zingy yellow element to the room and provides useful storage.
Cushions, Hello Fern. TV unit, Dunelm.
“They’re so happy with it. The design process took two months, as they were keen to get it done by Christmas,” says Beth, who used Houzz Pro software to project manage the renovation. “It was tight for a full house, which included renovating three bathrooms, but they were so prompt with feedback and they were really on it.”
Pink rug, Wayfair. Sofas; chairs; footstools, all Ikea. Radiators painted in Magenta Oaks, Fired Earth.
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