The final frontier
Lanassir Lawes is making the most of the space in this challenging barn conversion
Every room has its challenges; it might be that the space is too tight to fit in all that is required or the proportions are just plain difficult to work with.
The unusual L-shaped room in the barn conversion that I shared with you last month has now been completed. With the varying ceiling heights and different wall types throughout, the room lent itself to an eclectic feel.
The curved wall at the end of the room was the perfect place to add a covering to highlight it as a feature and to blend it softly into the adjacent brick wall. As you enter the room your eye could almost be tricked into believing that there really is a neat stack of logs just like the ones that are in the hallway.
Most of the furniture was designed and custom made to fit the room as ‘off-the-peg’ were just too small in scale for the space. The large sofa is both extra long and deeper than normal, much to the client’s delight as she is able to lay on it without either her feet or head touching the ends!
All of the sofas and chairs throughout are a different shape and upholstered in various fabrics with the curtain material used for scatter cushions to add a pop of pattern and colour.
The curtains are hung on bronze poles with a simple wave heading that ensures the pleats hang in a uniform manner.
To add interest to the curtains, a faux leather contrast panel sits along the bottom of each one; this was also a practical solution to disguise where four-legged friends brush past.
In the snug area the focal point is the patchwork-style sofa that offers a more formal seating position for after dinner drinks or a game of chess. The dark green walls add to the intimacy of the space. The backdrop to the whole room and a major focal point is the bespoke shelving that houses books and ornaments collected along the client’s travels.
Choosing the perfect colour for this piece of furniture was so important in the overall scheme.
We tried varying green and brown shades and settled on Little Greene’s ‘Toad’. We loved the name as much as the colour!
It really is so important to try any paint colour in the actual position it is going to be used in a room.
When the cabinet maker was delivering the piece, he was concerned that the colour looked odd in the outside light but was amazed at how the colour looked so different and much nicer when in situ. It looks just perfect as it is dark enough but not too harsh against the brickwork. stu[email protected]interiors.co.uk 01603 617229
ABOVE: Super-sized sofa
BELOW: The exposed timber work adds character