Soft colours, tactile surfaces and a lot of hard graft were all it took to turn a dated and unloved property into a super-stylish yet practical family home
A characterful and cosy Victorian mill house in North Yorkshire. On the ground floor is a living room, dining room, kitchen, garden room and cloakroom, while upstairs are four bedrooms, a bathroom and shower room.
The living room is the oldest part of the house, and original features such as beautiful cornicing, good sash windows and original plasterwork help add character to this modern scheme. Plasterwork in the living room was left exposed, but waxed to enhance its surface pattern.
The interior is a clever combination of tactile surfaces, contemporary pattern and well-chosen pre-loved pieces.
The kitchen is part of an Eighties extension, but has been given a radical new look thanks to a wall of bold striped tiles. The whole kitchen was done on a budget and cost about £2,000 thanks to a few clever ideas. Floorboards and woodwork were sanded and repainted, simple painted MDF cupboards were topped with concrete and new tiles on the back wall gave the kitchen a fun twist.
The dining room has an informal feel and is an eclectic mix of finds from a variety of different vintage fairs and dealers.
The master bedroom has a warm, cocooning feel thanks to the rich colour palette and bold textiles.
The property is naturally dark, so the owners embraced the lack of natural daylight by using muted, moody colours to make it feel cosy. A bright chair in the corner offers a cheerful pop of contrasting colour, and prevents the room from looking gloomy.
The vintage floral wallpaper came with the house. To give it a fresh look, the dado rail was painted in a complimenting a pretty pink shade.
The brass taps, shower head and spotlights add warmth to a modern and minimal scheme. Built-in shelves in the shower offer practical storage.
Photography ⁄ Paul Massey