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
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.
2. Alternate large open spaces with enclosed, cosy ones
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.
3. Experiment with modern colours and additions
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.
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4. Consider the opportunities offered by negative space
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.
The Wellingore High Street house (opens in new tab) is on sale for £635,000 by The Modern House.
Anna is Consumer Editor across Future home titles. She contributes to Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home and Real Homes, and she has a background in academic research. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s. Not just an expert in consumer shopping trends, she has also written about literature, architecture, and photography, and has a special interest in high-end interior design.
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