The period conversion style lessons we'll take from this spectacular former chapel in Lincolnshire

A former Methodist chapel has been transformed into a unique artist's home – a perfect marriage of original and modern features

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel
(Image credit: The Modern House)

This stunning period conversion is the perfect example of how a more unusual repurposed building can be brought up to speed with the demands of modern living. A former Methodist chapel in the Lincolnshire town of Wellingore, the house balances original features and contemporary design to an impeccably elegant effect. 

Working with period buildings always offers extra challenges, even if you're only adding loft conversion ideas to an existing building. But conversions also offer opportunities for creativity and completely bespoke spaces. Here are the conversion styling lessons we'll take away from this gorgeous former chapel. 

1. Make the most of natural light

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The first element the catches your eye when you look at this home is the stunning stained-glass windows. They instantly add character and an understated elegance to all the spaces. The mostly neutral decor really shows them off – and the plentiful natural light that pours through them. Curtains and other window treatments have been avoided – much to the benefit of the light-filled spaces. 

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel

(Image credit: The Modern House)

2. Alternate large open spaces with enclosed, cosy ones

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel

(Image credit: The Modern House)

What makes this home so unique is that it is neither one vast open-plan space nor a collection of smaller rooms. It has both – one level offers a multi-purpose space for living, cooking, and entertaining. Other levels boast smaller nooks perfect for reading and enjoying a moment of solitude. Rather than drastically altering the original character of the building, the conversion is sensitive to its original idiosyncrasies. This allows for a more versatile contemporary use of the house. We particularly like the laid-back book-lined spaces as home library ideas to steal.

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel

(Image credit: The Modern House)

3. Experiment with modern colours and additions

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel

(Image credit: The Modern House)

Having pointed out that most of this home is neutrally decorated, there are a few highly effective bursts of colour that further amplify the original features. From the fire-engine front door to the spectacular fuchsia feature wall, the areas of bright colour are perfectly judged. They also prove that if you are craving colour in a neutral space, it's better to allow yourself allocated areas of unrestrained bright colour rather than constantly repainting whole rooms in tamer shades. 

Explore more painted wall ideas in our gallery. 

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel

(Image credit: The Modern House)

4. Consider the opportunities offered by negative space

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel

(Image credit: The Modern House)

When you find out that the current owners of this house are artists, everything falls into places, including the inspired use of empty spaces throughout the home. There are areas of creative clutter and warm domesticity, and they emphasise the areas where the walls and the spaces themselves are on display. With a home this unique, it would be a shame to over-decorate it. 

Lincolnshire house in a former chapel

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The Wellingore High Street house is on sale for £635,000 by The Modern House.

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

Anna is Consumer Editor across Future home titles; she has a background in academic research and is the author of London Writing of the 1930s; she has written about literature, architecture, and photography, and has a special interest in high-end interior design.