See inside this south London townhouse painted head-to-toe in striking blues

This south London townhouse is a painterly palette of hues – ranging from sapphire to cerulean – layered with vivacious prints and patterns sets the tone for this fabulous family home

south London townhouse


An early Victorian four-storey south London townhouse and modern home. There's a dual-aspect sitting room on the ground floor, while the lower-ground floor houses a study, living room, cloakroom and kitchen, which leads to a dining / family room. On the first floor is the master bedroom, guest bedroom and a bathroom. The girls' bedroom, plus another guest bedroom and a bathroom, are on the top floor.

The home is filled with plump, button-backed blue chairs, swan-necked lamps and fringe-clad sofas. Cobalt ebbs into azure, ultramarine fades into forget-me-not: it’s a palette that, in less confident hands, might feel overwhelming. But here, the effect is bold, glamorous – and as enticing as a deep lagoon on a hot day.

The look sits very well with the architecture of the house. The house is early Victorian, on the cusp of Georgian, and the architecture is stunning throughout.

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The living room is a bold blue hue, feeling simultaneously dramatic and calm.Like elsewhere, an easy mix of designer objects and antiques brings the space to life.

south London townhouse

The velvet sofa is fringed as thickly as a flamenco dancer’s skirt. Reflecting her love of clean lines, the abstract painting by Jane Goodwin is echoed in toe-cosseting rugs by another client, Christopher Farr.

south London townhouse

Blue makes the art stand out, and despite being a dramatic colour, it feels surprisingly calm.

south London townhouse


Whisper-blue walls set the tone for the kitchen, where bespoke joinery is offset by brass handles and a Victorian-esque tap.

south London townhouse

The bespoke kitchen includes deeper-than-average work surfaces, with tops made from Carrara marble.


In the adjoining family space, succulent plants draw the garden inside through wide windows. The hothouse-feel is echoed in an over-scaled palm print by the late, charismatic textile designer Michael Szell, which is lavished on a sofa, lamp shades and curtains.

south London townhouse


The dining room is lovely, light and inviting.

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The low headboard is designed to not to detract from the carefully arranged accessories. This brings definition to the space, with its restful mix of designerand vintage pieces.

south London townhouse


The twin bedroom looks smart with identical beds, table lamps and wall sconces in complementing pastel shades.

south London townhouse

Colourful pompoms add a a sense of fun to the otherwise calm room.

south London townhouse


In this slim but practical home office, a bespoke marble-top desk echoes the design of the adjoining kitchen.

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Photography ⁄ James Merrell

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