On a sunny day, this living room is flooded in natural light and your eye is instantly drawn to the stunning view of greenery through the French doors with panelled glass, leading to the garden.  Our client wanted to update the furniture, lighting, curtains & and soft furnishings in the room and re-decorate with new paint colours and possibly some wallpaper.

Initially we drew up the space in 3D and explored different furniture layouts but found that the space felt best when we kept the garden view as the focal point – that meant keeping the new proposed sofas in the same orientation as before.  Our client also wanted help with how to best display various pieces of artwork she’d picked up on her travels; once we’d drawn up the space in 3D, we were able to virtually shuffle all the artworks on the walls until we found what felt best – a mix of clusters and standalone pieces distributed across the walls.

Below is a refined moodboard which aims to show all the pieces of furniture, lighting and soft furnishings we were suggesting for the project.  In this way, we could clearly communicate how each element making up the space worked together in terms of style, colour and texture.  For example, we suggested a small scale pattern in pinks and purples as the fabric for the curtains because these warm tones contrast the green colour in the garden.  We introduced a large scale feature wallcovering by impressionist painter Jessica Zoob. This was chosen to complement the clients collection of Murano glassware, which is displayed on this wall.  The existing built in TV bench and glass cabinet door/drawer fronts were painted in a grey shade to complement the wallcovering and the bright colours around the room. The new sofas are upholstered in a neutral grey woven fabric, however we brought in colour and pattern through a mix of cushions – some of which the client already had and others which we had custom made.  The patterned chair in the corner was another great way to inject some personality and bold pattern & colour into the space.

A sample board is a great way to collect the key materials, patterns & colours you are thinking of using in your space and test whether they work well together – do they complement and contrast or are they so similar that they seem to blend into each other?

‘Before’ photos:


Take a look at ‘Hampstead Garden Suburb Hallway & Landing’ which is another room we worked on in the same house.