Cresswell Road / Living Room

I wanted a modern dramatic room incorporated with clean lines and luxury furnishings.

The living room was the biggest challenge as we had a huge amount of refurbishment to do before any painting could begin.

Project information

We removed and replaced the back boiler, hidden behind a stone gas fireplace, into the garage. Took out the carpets, radiators and replaced the old wooden sliding French windows to new PVC ones.

We replastered the whole room – from ceiling to walls, as well as replacing the skirting and architrave. Having removed the carpet, the main attraction had been hidden for years without even knowing – original solid wood flooring. We replaced and repaired any boards that were damaged, sanded the floor boards down then stained them using Colron wood dye in Jacobean Dark Oak, then finished with an overcoat of Ronseal Ultra Tough Clear Varnish.

Three of the four walls were painted in Dulux Night Jewels 5, in Matt Emulsion with the feature wall painted in Night Jewels 3 (Dulux matt emulsion).

All electric sockets and light switches were changed to grey metal ones that are flush against the wall, complimenting the colour of the walls. The fireplace and surround was purchased from Next with a granite hearth, specially made to fit from a specialist marble company in Andover.

The ceiling lights were from a lighting store in Southall and a five shade floor lamp from Furniture Village, adding a contemporary modern feel to the room.

The main attraction to the room was its size, and therefore the eight-pieced white leather corner sofa from Peter Green in Reading fits just right, creating a relaxing modern space for the whole family.

The specially made white wooden blinds, matching roman blinds, curtains and cushions were picked in a fabric that would compliment the room’s dramatic look, yet add more textures and patterns. They were handmade by Sarah McDavitt. A bright colour was needed to make this room look more luxurious, so a Mongolian rug and matching cushions in a dark aubergine colour worked perfectly.

The Rococo mirror was hand painted with silver leaf, originally gold, from Looking Glass of Bath.