This Victorian semi in south London is light, bright and playful

Enter this Victorian semi in south London that's full of edgy twists and playful touches – with plenty of neon, bespoke touches and even a downstairs bar

Victorian semi in south London

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

THE PROPERTY

A Victorian semi in south London, comprising a living room, family room, kitchen-diner and WC on the ground floor, with a guest suite, gym, cinema room and bar, plus WC and utility room, on the lower-ground floor. The modern home has
a master suite, dressing room and guest bedroom on the first floor, with two further bedrooms, a bathroom and study above.

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HALLWAY

The ground-floor spaces have been opened upas much as possible, the old doorway replaced by wider, higher steel doors (pictured above). Dark banisters create a dramatic zigzags up throughthe house’s core.

FAMILY ROOM

The family room has an elegant yet edgy feel.The overall mood is natural, but styled with a contemporary eye.

Victorian semi in south London

The ground floor is a run of three living spaces; a family room, living room and kitchen diner – each with its own distinct vibe.

The décor progresses from mid-grey to deeply dark, eventually morphing into the pure white space of the kitchen-diner.

LIVING ROOM

The living room has a moody, cool and clubby feel, with walls painted tip to toe in inky blue.

Victorian semi in south London

This contemporary artist’s rework of a traditional still life trope fits rightin with the darkly luxe look.

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KITCHEN

The gleaming, light-filled kitchen-diner feels as bright as a beach house.

Here, natural materials feel sophisticated rather than rough-and-ready rustic.

While the blend of natural materials such as wood, stone, marble and metal is very now, it's glamorous vibe won't date.

Victorian semi in south London

DINING AREA

In the dining area there are a few Seventies-lite touches scattered about: just a sprinkling of glossy leaves and that cool bamboo hanging chair.

Floor-to-ceiling glass panels ushers in incredible light – you almost feelas if you’re outside.

Victorian semi in south London

BASEMENT

When you build something from scratch, the danger is that it can feel a little too clinical. To give the new rooms character, the owners added touches of humour.

Generous light wells, a blaze of neon and a cool bar area that opens to the outside all do that job nicely.

Victorian semi in south London

BAR

With a bar and a ping-pong table waiting in the wings and a cinema room next door, there's plenty to keep friends entertained over the weekend without ever getting bored.

Victorian semi in south London

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POWDER ROOM

The powder room spells out its presence in hexagonal floor tiles.

Victorian semi in south London

MASTER EN SUITE

The existing window was replaced with a deeper version with enough space toinstall a window seat. This room is all abouttotal relaxation and escapism.

Victorian semi in south London

MASTER BEDROOM

The first floor is pretty much devoted to this generous master suite, with tones of blush and foggy greys softened by brushed brass.

Victorian semi in south London

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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