This glammed-up, sensual apartment boasts moody lighting, sparkly finishes and a relaxed vibe.
A ground-floor apartment in a converted manor house in Berkshire, built in 1910, comprising a living room, kitchen, dining area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cloakroom.
This gloriously unique apartment swerves from the conventional route. From the extraordinary wallpaper used throughout (mimicking croc and cheetah skin, mirrors and satin drapes) and the pimped-up antiques to the warm, woody perfume from scented candles, this place is part punk rock, part sensual retreat.
The tactile, crocodile-print vinyl on the ceiling and facing wall makes a dramatic first impression.
The interiors are eclectic and have evolved over time. There’s an edge to it, but it’s also very dark, cosy and womb-like. To prevent the palette feeling oppressive, layers of texture have been woven in, with plenty of reflective surfaces and luxe finishes. Even the ceilings feature bold wallpapers.
The original embossed ceiling has darker layers of paint applied on top and is finished with a light-reflecting glaze that looks almost like it’s waxed. The mirrored wall in the living room is actually a wallpaper. The light reflection adds another dimension.
The original details, such as the embossed ceiling in the living room, are dressed in deep tones and the moody palette creates the perfect backdrop for unique finds and offbeat furniture. Hanging on the wall above the original Peacock chair is a stag’s head, which has been mirrored.
The wallpapers, which trick the eye, bounce light around and bring lashings of personality and humour.
Above the splashback tiles is some eye-tricking velvet flock wallpaper that has an almost 3-D effect.
Another bold wallpaper leads your gaze to the dining area, beyond.
Zingy tones have been used sparingly to invigorate this scheme without throwing it off balance. A flash of fluoro brightens this boudoir and livens up a dark palette. The bed is vintage and was found on top of a house in Morocco and has received many licks of paint in bold, neon colours over the years. The neon paint is actually car paint from Halfords.
This teenager’s room features antique furniture, picked up here and there and painted a cool grey.
The dressing table is topped with croc wallpaper, covered with glass.
The cheetah-print wallpaper is very Bet Lynch – it’s been used floor to ceiling with a great effect.
Photography ⁄ Alexander James