Interior designer Suzy Hoodless’ imaginative use of colour has transformed her terrace home from bleak to chic...
A Victorian terrace in west London. The ground floor comprises a double-aspect living room and a kitchen-diner. There is a study, utility room, master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor, and a bedroom on the third floor.
After buying the four-storey terrace with her husband almost eight years ago, interior designer, Suzy Hoodless was immediately drawn to ‘its space and seemingly endless floors’. She wanted to create a sociable home that would work for her family, but could also be shut down at night, and not filled with billions of plastic toys everywhere.
Cabinets painted a bold, matt Yves Klein-style blue bring an otherwise pared-back kitchen to life. Suzy says she can’t imagine life without the saturated colour.
The bespoke, industrial wall shelving set against a clean backdrop of Carrara marble and white tiles lends a lightness to the space.
The kitchen and custom-sized dining table were designed to accommodate Suzy’s vintage Hans Wegner chairs, bought many years ago.
The black limestone flooring reflects the dark woodwork of the chairs.
The couple opened up the space by removing some walls and lots of doors, divided the double-aspect ground-floor room ‘to create a cosy but proper living room at the front and a sitting room/playroom in the middle’, and knocked out a ‘hopeless lean-to’ at the back of the house. By lowering the kitchen level from that of the sitting room, they created a large kitchen-diner, which has made all the difference to the way they live.
A powerful shock of incandescent yellow around the architrave, links the front living room to the middle sitting room, and instantly saves the two spaces from becoming ‘too polite’.
A combination of pink and grey with a shot of deep rouge in the master bedroom creates a cocooning space.
The walls and wardrobe doors are painted the same shade of porcelain pink. The sheepskin chair lends a luxurious, sculptural element to the room.
The room started with the Eames chair and then the desk. It’s a quiet place that Suzy and her husband escape to.
Photography / James Merrell
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