This Edwardian terrace has a pared-back Cape Cod aesthetic that’s fabulously forgiving of boisterous family life
An Edwardian villa in south London. There’s a hall, living room, kitchen-diner with a seating/study area, utility room and shower room on the ground floor, with the master bedroom suite, three bedrooms, a family bathroom and WC upstairs.
Acres of panelling have been painstakingly aligned around corners and window frames and painted in a palette of creamy off-whites, putty and taupe.
Every wall – and we mean every wall – is clad with panelling, inspired by Scandinavian and New England décor.
In the dining area (pictured above), horizontal panelling gives a hit of New England style to the scheme.
Different styles of wood panelling were used for each different room, but each style works brilliantly in whatever room it’s in, from the more traditional hall to this contemporary kitchen.
This isn’t a house with a seamless flow from room to room – it’s not just the walls that are different – the flooring changes too, from polished concrete to painted wood, oak boards to carpet. But still, there’s a clarity of vision and a gentle simplicity that pulls the whole look together.
The panelling is complemented by the simple solidity of the British Standard kitchen. The diner-style extractor above the Aga was made bespoke.
The antique ‘pot filler’ tap was found at an antiques fair.
The bay window frames a sofa and chairs at one end of the kitchen. The linen upholstery softens the scheme and adds a hint of colour and texture.
Period-look panelling adds elegance to the already grand hallway. That definitive Farrow & Ball palette of cool neutrals, such as Cornforth White and Purbeck Stone, has been mixed with the inky navy of Railings – used on the staircase.
A squishy sofa and rustic bench subvert the grown-up panelling to give a relaxed take on Edwardian style.
To prevent the space from feeling too austere, chunky oak floorboards were laid down in the living room.
Shelving built into the alcove creates a great spot to catch up on family admin.
Two bedrooms were linked to create a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Here, horizontal panelling creates a boutique-hotel vibe (the super-king-size upholstered bed helps too).
This glorious bathroom is testament to the power of bargain hunting. The Crittall doors were an eBay find – they came from a bungalow in Bury St Edmonds.
Here, the panelling takes on a Scandi feel, accented by the sleigh bed and painted floorboards.
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Photography ⁄ Paul Massey