Kat turned to our Home Design Service and the expertise of Vicky and Georgia, home designers at Neptune Tonbridge, to translate her vision into a reality. The brief was to create an elegant space which was also cosy and practical. The new sitting room needed to house enough comfortable furniture to accommodate visiting friends and family, whilst incorporating ample storage space and occasional lighting.
Kat wanted a neutral scheme of greys, blacks and whites – ‘I love colour! I wear colour,’ Kat tells us, ‘but when it comes to my interior style, I find a neutral palette cosy and calming.’ Georgia suggested using more textures to add interest and detail. So, in the initial design phase, mood boards featured velvets, linens, sheepskin and herringbone, alongside Ink and Shingle paint samples. ‘It brought the room to life on paper,’ Kat explains. ‘It’s a unique process. The customer is involved every step of the way. The designers encouraged our feedback and were so receptive to it. It was a relief talking to people who immediately understood what we wanted.’
The back of the room had been a wasted space; no furniture seemed to fit. Now, Chawton cabinets, painted in Ink and tailor-made to reach the height of the ceiling, sit so perfectly there that they seem to have influenced the shape, size and feel of the room. ‘The cabinets look like they’ve been there forever,’ Kat comments, ‘but with such a modern, fresh feel.’ Kat’s glassware has found a home in Chawton’s glass-fronted sections and the couple’s wine collection is stored in crisscross storage boxes. The dark Ink shade with a soft grey on the walls introduces warmth and elegance which is echoed in the surrounding furniture and accessories.
A Long Island corner sofa and loveseat take centre stage. ‘The L-shape uses the space more efficiently,’ home designer Vicky comments. ‘It avoids the bulkiness of two separate sofas and creates seamless continuity.’ Thoughtfully placed floor plug sockets, installed during the renovations, allow an abundance of lamps and side tables to help create mood through layered lighting. ‘We’ve got more furniture than we had before, I don’t understand how the room looks so much bigger. It’s a design feat,’ says Kat, laughing.