5 modern design lessons from a James Bond-style home in Notting Hill

Complete with a cinema room and a garage big enough for two Aston Martin DB5’s – this is the answer to our Hollywood-esque fantasies

James Bond-inspired house with twisted staircase
(Image credit: Knight Frank)

No Time to Die, the latest – long-awaited film in the James Bond franchise, has finally graced silver screens globally. However, despite its excess cars, card games, and vodka martinis – one thing remains very much on our mind: interiors. 

So, to celebrate the release in the aptest way possible, we’ve noted stand-out style lessons from a James Bond-style home – currently listed for £24.5 million ($32.9 million) near Notting Hill and Kensington in London. Here are five modern decor ideas that James Bond would surely admire. 

1. Trust gray & yellow’s trendy appeal  

Gray and yellow living room with natural light

(Image credit: Knight Frank)

Some duos remain timeless: from 007 and Miss Moneypenny – to gray and yellow – this year’s undisputed colors of the year. 

Following Pantone’s influential color pairing, the two tones have fueled the most fashionable of interiors – and this townhouse is a not-so-subtle reminder of the stylish pairing. 

These contemporary living room ideas combine the two hues by exhibiting a primarily gray scheme – with a vivid injection of yellow through its soft furnishings that are illuminated by the room’s natural light. We expect this palette to endure far beyond the year-end.

2. Consume your urban garden with a large plant 

James Bond-inspired home with large tree in balcony garden

(Image credit: Knight Frank)

City gardeners may have already experimented with large and small planters, but according to those in the know – bigger is always better. 

In an interview with Livingetc, The Balcony Gardner, Isabelle Palmer shared that urban gardeners should ‘invest in one big pot and use all your energy on that instead [of lots of little plants],’ and we can see why. This garden not only looks good – but it is also easy to maintain and will make a statement for seasons ahead.  

3. Zone your space with glass features 

Glass room divider and spiral staircase

(Image credit: Knight Frank)

While open-plan living spaces remain popular, the rise of broken-plan living is increasingly evident – most especially following the pandemic – when the desire for private living and working spaces became a priority. 

There is, however, a way to maintain the glamor of an open-plan space whilst zoning your space – so you have privacy and style – and that is possible through glass room dividers. 

This technique means the rooms continue to feel light and fresh while having separate zones to work, unwind, dine, and party, the way James Bond intended. 

4. Hang your art – on the floor 

James Bond-inspired home with glass room divider

(Image credit: Knight Frank)

The vibrant art rug trend is a daring one and incredibly easy to get wrong. However, its boldness only makes arty rugs even more alluring. 

Thankfully, however, the rug above offers unrivaled design inspiration that will encourage you to take your art from the wall to the floor – especially when that floor covers your secret speakeasy. We’ll raise a glass to this interior design trend

5. Merge contemporary and rustic – for an escapist aesthetic 

Living room with escapist interiors

(Image credit: Knight Frank)

It remains no secret that James Bond is a globe traveler – with his assignments taking him to every corner of the earth. However, if you’re looking to create an escapist setting without leaving your four walls, then this house has the solution.

In bringing an array of rustic accessories and boldly-hued lamp shapes into the forefront of the living space, this home pays homage to faraway shores – and you can mirror its beauty – without investing in an airplane ticket. 

This six-bedroom house in Bedford Gardens, London, is currently listed with Knight Frank.  

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.