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]­in­te­ri­ 01603 617229

ABOVE: Su­per-sized sofa

BELOW: The ex­posed tim­ber work adds char­ac­ter

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