‘it’s got a new lease of life’

Cyn­thia trans­formed her tired and bland sit­ting room into a stylish haven filled with per­son­al­ity and vi­brant colour

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Pe­riod fea­tures and rich hues trans­formed Cyn­thia’s sit­ting room

idea to steal ‘A mir­ror can be used to make a state­ment and to re­flect light into the room, mak­ing it feel larger’

Over the years, we’ve ren­o­vated other prop­er­ties with the goal of build­ing up enough money to even­tu­ally buy and do up our “for­ever” home – and this is it,’ says Cyn­thia. ‘We’d hoped to com­plete our sit­ting room by Christ­mas last year but, un­for­tu­nately, we missed our dead­line. Thank­fully, though, it’s now fin­ished and we’re look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing a re­lax­ing time to­gether in our home this year.

When we bought this house, there was some­thing for­lorn-look­ing about the sit­ting room. It had so much po­ten­tial that wasn’t be­ing ex­ploited. We were con­fi­dent that a few sim­ple tasks like a lick of paint on the pal­lid walls and shelves, plus paint­ing the wooden fire sur­round would trans­form the room – so that’s ex­actly what we did.

My hus­band Matthew is a builder, so he’s used to ren­o­vat­ing and dec­o­rat­ing houses, while I love styling up rooms, so we did ev­ery­thing our­selves. I’ve al­ways en­joyed read­ing homes mag­a­zines and find Pin­ter­est very use­ful, so I com­bined in­spi­ra­tion from both and then added my own twist in terms of style.

Get­ting started

The start­ing point was or­der­ing the shut­ters from Plan­ta­tion Shut­ters. We chose shut­ters not just be­cause they’re so func­tional – they also make a stun­ning fo­cal point, and give the room a fin­ished look. They’re easy to clean and main­tain as well. Whether you have a pe­riod house or mod­ern build, shut­ters al­ways com­ple­ment a room, and in­ject per­sonal style – I ab­so­lutely love them.

Once the shut­ters were fit­ted, we painted the walls, shelves and un­der­coated the wooden fire sur­round. The sur­round is ac­tu­ally painted in Du­lux’s Dark Grey un­der­coat, but the colour worked so well that we de­cided not

to give it a top coat. Matthew added a ceil­ing rose and we re­placed the lights. Those few changes trans­formed the room.

Prac­ti­cal mat­ters

i wanted a stylish yet min­i­mal look, as henry plays with his toys in here ev­ery day. it was im­por­tant to have enough floor space, which meant hav­ing to tuck fur­ni­ture into al­coves or against the walls. The navy blue foot­stool serves many pur­poses – as a cof­fee ta­ble in the day when friends are over, a re­lax­ing foot­stool in the evening or as ex­tra seat­ing.

The floor­ing came with the house. ini­tially, i didn’t like it, but my feel­ings changed when we added our fur­ni­ture. There’s some­thing about the shade of grey of the sofa that re­ally helped to bring the floor­ing back to life – now, it looks com­pletely dif­fer­ent and much more suit­able for the room.

The space lends it­self so much to the christ­mas pe­riod, which is so much fun, es­pe­cially with henry. The ex­cite­ment of dress­ing the room, which he loves help­ing with, and his sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion as he waits for his presents from Fa­ther christ­mas, make for a truly mag­i­cal time.’

‘BY CHOOS­ING AND STICK­ING TO A PALETTE – WE CHOSE GREY, RED AND NAVY – YOU CAN EAS­ILY PULL TO­GETHER THE LOOK OF YOUR ROOM’

IDEA TO STEAL ‘If you’ve got young chil­dren, choose sofa cov­ers and cush­ions that are ma­chine wash­able’

NEW LIFE ‘We in­her­ited the wood floor­ing and it seemed life­less un­til we brought the fur­ni­ture into the room – now I love it’

RETRO LOOK ‘This iconic phone adds an­other splash of colour to the room and I love its retro look’

To THE LET­TER ‘This light-up H for Henry stays up on the shelf all year round’

SPRUCE IT UP ‘Rather than re­place an old, tired wooden fire­place, just give it a lick of paint and it will in­ject new life into your room’

REAL CLASS ‘Dress­ing your win­dows with shut­ters is not only prac­ti­cal, it also adds a so­phis­ti­cated feel to the room as a whole’

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