Period House Tunbridge Wells Victorian Living Room, Kent
flowing seamlessly from sitting room to dining room
Photo of a victorian formal open plan living room in Kent with beige walls, carpet, a standard fireplace and a freestanding tv. — Houzz
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Susannah E James added this to
Depersonalise your décorBuyers need to be able to imagine this as their home, and they can’t do that if it has your stamp all over it. Pack up photos, kids’ drawings and knick-knacks that will distract people from what they’ve come to see – the house itself.
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Get the best of both worldsLarge dividing doors or screens between reception rooms can be used to enable you to separate the spaces when you want to. However, it’s important the rooms function together as well as individually. Here, twin fireplaces and mirrors serve to unify the living and dining areas, while a palette of taupe and cream is continued throughout to create two soothing spaces with separate roles.
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Preserve period features with a downstandThere is always the danger that knocking through the two rooms will destroy some of the original features. But carefully considered and executed knock-throughs can be very effective.‘To preserve cornicing, you just leave a little downstand from the ceiling, so the cornice can continue. It also gives you an idea of how the house was originally structured,’ explains Hugo. So you can still do a knock-through without losing the detail.
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Combine and conquer If your living room is north- or east-facing, but your dining room looks south or west, consider the impact of removing the dividing wall between the spaces. This means you and your ground floor get to soak in both the morning and afternoon light.
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Paint to perfectionMouldings are often painted in a colour lighter than the walls, which helps them to stand out and gives them a clean feel. It also really celebrates them as a period feature of your home. Usually the shade is from the same colour palette as the walls, but there are no hard and fast rules. The more pronounced the colour difference is between the mouldings and the walls, the more the mouldings will stand out. So the colours you choose depend on whether you wish to make a statement or not.It’s a matter of personal preference, as is the finish you go for – gloss or eggshell. Panelling can look fabulous either left as a deep oak colour (or stained), painted in a dark blue or grey, or even painted in an off-white. The amount of light in the room will help you choose. Of course, the Victorians often painted their mouldings in a dark, drab chocolate brown, which is a practice all but the most committed Victorian aficionados are likely to avoid.
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Make space to reflectWhen you’ve maximised the flow of natural light into the centre of your home, it’s time to multiply it. Place mirrors opposite the main sources of light to bounce it further around the room. Include reflective surfaces, too, though you don’t have to go for shiny modern furniture – the polished wood dining table by the window here makes an excellent light reflector.TELL US…Have you come up with an interesting solution to brighten an area of your home? Share your ideas and photos in the Comments below.