Who needs stairs anyway?! Transforming an unremarkable 1960s bungalow into a fun, contemporary space for a creative young family.
Bold colour was the order of the day in the spacious hallway, providing a dramatic entrance and a compact working area accessorised with an iconic Maclamp No.8 as a nod to the property's mid century origins, and vibrant yet functional pegboard.
The sitting room proves the impact of an achromatic scheme with geometric pattern featuring on the wallpaper and soft furnishings. Distinctive sculpted textiles and Ben Barker's porcelain plates adorn the walls showing that artwork need not be a traditional painting or print. A collection of original Hornsea pottery shows the striking aesthetic of home grown modern design in the 1960s and complements the contemporary glassware and ceramics.
Good design has both form and function. The kitchen encourages the display of the everyday and shows that ordinary items can serve as the best decoration. A custom-made pegboard keeps utensils within handy reach whilst providing a vivid wall of colour, and a rescued 1960s wall unit brings life to an understated backdrop of elegant grey tones. Oak door pulls add a bespoke feel to the simple white cupboards, with the retro cooker providing extra work space and a pop of jalapeno red.
'a vibrant, contemporary showpiece exploding with colour and personality... Whether through the artwork, vintage furnishings or the way the accessories and even everyday items are displayed, the entire home itself reads as a piece of pop art.'
In the compact bathroom the black and white palette resumes with a rich, velvety 'off-black' wall forming the backdrop to highly contrasting grid patterns on the tiled walls, window treatments and accessories. Sleek, matt black and polished chrome fittings add to the variety of finishes, whilst oak shelving brings warmth to the room.
Continuing the high impact colour of the hallway, the adjoining bedrooms were transformed into unique spaces bursting with interest and defying the notion of the bungalow as a characterless box. Graphic wallpaper alongside a customised vintage bureau and drawer chest creates the perfect play space to inspire a creative young mind, with ample room for trendy toys and beautiful books. And who says bold brights are just for kids? Lush garden greens and zesty yellows set against warm neutrals frame a dramatic textile wreath, the focal point in this fresh feeling bedroom that combines simple, modern furniture with organic shaped lighting and accessories, and soft furnishings inspired by nature.
Photography by Megan Taylor