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How interior design and five new paint colours transformed a flat

"Rachael Pierce" (2019-12-16)


The concept of radically revamping houses has spawned a raft of TV makeover shows, but can you achieve a similar transformation with a flat?

Support - IT consulting firm (Singapore) | Green IT | Cloud IT | IT OutsourcingOpportunities may seem much learn more limited with a flat for moving rooms and creating a totally different feel, but this two-bedroom home in London's fashionable Notting Hill provides inspiration for what can be achieved.

The flat has been transformed with the help of a rejigged floor plan, five colours from fashionable paint maker Little Greene that were picked by an interior designer, and a one-off light created by the owner.

And it is hardly recognisable as the original flat. A compromised layout has been replaced by an open-plan kitchen, dining area and lounge, and two freshly-designed bedrooms that cleverly combine en-suite bathrooms with all-important storage space.

‹ Slide me › A new look: This two-bed flat in London's fashionable Notting Hill has been transformed from run-of-the-mill to stylish

The flat is now for sale with a £900,000 asking price, as owner Ben Farrow needs to move out of London. He says that he won't make any money from the sale after renovation and moving costs, but the new owners will get a stunning new interior crafted to make it the best possible living space.

He declined to reveal exactly how much he had spent on the renovation project, but said: 'It would definitely have been possible to have done it for less should that have been the objective, but it was about building a nice home, not about bottom lines and profit margins.'

There has been a significant amount of work done on the flat, from walls being moved, to new flooring and paint colours.

‹ Slide me › The before and after floor plans reveal how the flat has been rejigged, swapping the kitchen and bedroom's location

The new kitchen with two-tone cabinets, where there was previously a bedroom, makes better use of the space

The challenge was to replace a flat that was in a prime location but felt run-of-the-mill and awkwardly arranged, with something that worked much better.

Ben outlined how the kitchen had previously felt tiny and dark, and so he sought to open out the living space.

The floor plan was changed to introduce a kitchen leading to an open-plan living area and place both bedrooms to the back of the building. This saw one of the original bedrooms become the kitchen and vice-versa. 

Both bedrooms then got en-suite bathrooms with mezzanine storage space added above them. 

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Share 32 shares Ben explained: 'The flat's layout didn't work, the kitchen was tiny and had no ventilation. There was one bathroom and a dark feeling in places.

'The key was to use the tall ceilings and give an open-plan feel, making the most of the natural light in the flat.

'And to twin that with creating a quiet, private living space in a raised ground floor flat in the centre of Notting Hill.'

‹ Slide me › The same space transformed: The former bedroom now transformed into the contemporary kitchen

Interior walls have been removed to open out the living areas and provide a dining area under a skylight

The unique light in the living area, top left, was designed and built by the current owner

A unique touch was added in the living room, with a light that Ben put together himself.

He explained: 'I bought the basis of the light on the internet and it was meant to have small LED lights then bulb style bronze lamp shade.

'I took off the shades and replaced the bulbs with the big round LED ones you see now. I prefer it how to how it was originally meant to look.'

The living room now has a cosy feel and a television above a welcoming fireplace

The two-bed flat is in London's fashionable Notting Hill and is currently for sale for £900,000

‹ Slide me › Goodbye magnolia! Little Greene's Slaked Lime Mid 149 is the new colour in the living room

China Clay Mid 176 by Little Greene is the new paint colour used in one of the bedrooms

China Clay Mid 176 is a muted nude pink colour that adds warmth to the master bedroom

A contemporary feel: The new bathroom has unusual matt black fixtures and fittings

The finishing touch in transforming the flat was to decorate it in a way that turned it from bland to a more inspired contemporary look. Ben called on the interior design skills of Katy Jackson, of Jackson Interiors for this.

She picked out five paint colours, which are all from a company called Little Greene.

Katy said: 'I feel it is important to use colour and personality in properties as conventional white or magnolia paint colours can be off-putting.'

She added: 'All properties have a unique type of light and it is therefore important to be guided by this when selecting colours.

'The colours I have chosen are to compliment the warm light in the space. I wanted to create a welcoming, warm and light atmosphere.

'The subtle feature wall in the dining area helps to zone the space without encroaching on the open-plan feel, pulling your eye up to the large sky light.'