Victorian House Extension

The Extension of Dreams

I was very excited to be brought onto this Victorian house extension project. The space added to this period property provided the perfect blank canvas to work with. We wanted to design a room that worked with the clients’ busy family lives as well as complementing the existing decor in the rest of the house. It needed a wow factor as people stepped through the door, but also had to be practical.

Zoning the Space

To make the most of this large kitchen space, we divided the room into three separate areas, using lighting and distinct accent colours to give them an individual feel. We loved the exposed brick wall next to the bi-folding doors – it breaks up the space and gives a sense of the outside inside.

Creating a Hub

The kitchen is very much the hub of this house. The clients love entertaining friends and family, so to me it was important to create a kitchen where people can sit and chat while food is being prepared. Alternatively, when it’s just the immediate family, they can sit together in a more intimate setting.

Going Bold

With this much space, we went for an impact dark colour on the kitchen cabinets with a white reflective composite work surface which helps bounce the light, to keep it bright and fresh looking.


And when they are entertaining, what could be better than being able to throw open the doors to the garden so that as they are cooking or just taking it easy, the children can run in and out while they keep an eye on them!

The Power of Lighting

These bubble lights add a pop of colour. Lighting is really important in this design for creating intimate zones in a large space. So when the clients have finished the cooking, they can turn down the kitchen lights and move into the dining area to enjoy their meal. When you’re entertaining you don’t want to feel like you’re still in the kitchen, you want to be relaxing with your guests.

Keeping it Calm

We kept the colours neutral in the sitting area, with accents of calming blue. This is a space for catching up with friends or just unwinding, curled up with a book and a cup of tea. An added zing of yellow helps tie this area in with the dining room lights, giving a feeling of flow between different spaces.

A Retreat

In this master bedroom we wanted a real feel of luxury. This was to be a grown-up space. It had to be inviting, soothing, somewhere our clients would be able to close the door and have the best night’s sleep possible.

Star of the Room

We picked this stunning wallpaper to counteract the skeiling while giving the illusion of extending the bedhead, making the bed the star of the room – as it should be! The metallic element in the wallpaper reflects more light into the room. We added pink accents to give a lift and warmth to the grey, lending a freshness to the space.

Bring it all Together

Good design is about getting different elements working together to build a space with interest, personality and depth. Done well, textures, space and colours all balance each other. I really think we managed to achieve this here and the clients have some great new spaces in their beautiful family home to enjoy.